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Daren Suiter: Habitual Criminal

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The man who is accused of stealing a semi-trailer from Walmart and leading police on a 24-minute high-speed chase is no stranger to law enforcement.

38-year-old Daren Suiter is a 23-time felon. His laundry list of crimes include taking a motor vehicle without permission, stolen motor vehicle, theft, stolen property, mail theft, forgery, controlled substance, and attempting to elude.

Suiter’s history of criminal activity can be traced back to 1997 when there was an article published in THE TRIBUNE: Deer Park, Wash that states, “Suiter was eventually arrested on the charge of conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary.”

“There's like 196 documents on this guy, 50 mug shots, and for some reason the criminal justice system is not geared to deal with these types of offenders,” said Spokane County Sheriff, Ozzie Knezovich.

Knezovich and local lawmakers say Suiter should have never been able to lead police on a high-speed pursuit in the fist place. 

“This is a guy who should be in jail and the situation is out of control and needs to change,” said State Senator, Michael Baumgartner (R-WA). “For whatever reason we haven't been able to solve it on the local level.”

Baumgartner is planning to draft a bill that would keep people like Suiter off the streets.

“What I think we need to do is get more money for law enforcement, get more money for locking up offenders, enhanced sentencing, and more supervision.”

Knezovich continues to stress that the problem is prison overcrowding, stating it has a revolving door where when one criminal goes in, another gets out. 

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