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Stolen Vehicle, Meth, Warrants

Posted 6/2/2014 11:24 AM by MDGREGORY

On Friday, May 30th, 2014, at about 7:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Karnitz was patrolling the area of 5th and Thierman when he observed a white Crown Victoria pass by him southbound on Thierman. Deputy Karnitz ran the registration and confirmed through dispatch the vehicle was stolen out of Walla Walla.

Deputy Karnitz followed the vehicle to the area of 6800 E. 6th where the driver, later identified as 42-year-old Jerome Grimes, exited the vehicle and approached an elderly woman at her residence. Deputy Jeff Getchell spoke with the elderly female who said she had no idea who Grimes was and had never seen him before.

Deputy Karnitz placed Grimes under arrest for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. When Deputy Karnitz attempted to turn the ignition off, the key spun freely and a plastic ring fell off the front of the ignition. This plastic ring was placed over the front of the ignition in an attempt to conceal it had been manipulated.

A check of Grimes’ driving status showed he was suspended and that he also had four local warrants for his arrest. During a search of Grimes person incident to arrest, Deputy Karnitz found a clear blue plastic baggy in Grimes pocket that contained a clear, white crystalline substance that Grimes admitted was methamphetamine.

Grimes told Deputy Karnitz he borrowed the vehicle from a woman named Joanna in Walla Walla and the vehicle actually belonged to her son. Oddly enough, Grimes could not remember Joanna’s son’s name. Grimes also said he placed the plastic cover over the ignition because he did not want to get a ticket for “faulty equipment”. Deputy Karnitz did not believe Grimes’ fictitious story and read the stolen vehicle report from Walla Walla. The elderly female victim in Walla Walla believed Grimes had entered her home unlawfully and stole her cell phone and the Crown Victoria.

• Grimes was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Driving While Suspended and four local warrants.