Drugs, Shaved Keys, & Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Driver Arrested
Spokane Valley Deputy Skye Ortiz arrested 35-year-old Charles J. Tresch after observing him driving a reported stolen vehicle. Tresch was booked into jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin, Possession of Vehicle Theft Tools and Driving while Suspended/Revoked.
On October 17, 2017, just after 12:30 a.m., Deputy Ortiz observed a blue Chevrolet pickup driving behind the Lowes building. Knowing Lowes was closed, Deputy Ortiz checked the license plate of the suspicious vehicle with dispatch and was quickly advised the vehicle was reported stolen on October 16, 2017.
Deputy Ortiz conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle, which was occupied by two people, and waited for additional units to arrive. Once additional units arrived, both occupants were safely detained.
The driver, identified as Tresch, stated he borrowed the vehicle from a friend and provided a name. However, he was unable to provide an address, phone number or any way to contact his friend.
After contacting the registered owners of the vehicle and receiving permission to search it, Deputy Ortiz located clothes which matched the description of the clothes reportedly worn by the suspected vehicle thief. He also located a filled (loaded) syringe, five shaved keys (Chevrolet, Ford & GMC) commonly used to steal vehicles and a small vial containing a clear liquid in the vehicle. The substance in the syringe was field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for Heroin. Tresch denied knowing what was inside the vial. The items were later booked into evidence for further testing.
Deputy Ortiz also learned Tresch’s driver’s privileges were suspended.
Tresch was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin, Possession of Vehicle Theft Tools and Driving while Suspended/Revoked.
The vehicle was released to the registered owners. The passenger in the vehicle at the time of the of the stop was not charged.