Stolen Vehicle, Shaved Keys, Heroin
After checking a vehicle’s license plate and learning it had been reported stolen, Spokane Valley Deputy Chad Eaton stopped the vehicle in the 7500 block of E. Buckeye. Both the driver and passenger were arrested on felony charges.
On January 30, 2018, at approximately 3:50 a.m., Deputy Eaton observed a red Ford Escort near Park and Rutter. He checked the vehicle’s license plate on his mobile computer and received a return showing the vehicle as stolen.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 27-year-old Jesse C. Jacobsen, abruptly turned into a driveway in the 7500 block of E. Buckeye, causing Deputy Eaton to activate his lights before backup arrived. Deputy Eaton kept his distance and ordered Jacobsen and the passenger, 21-year-old Austin M. Bailey, to keep their hands raised as he waited for additional units. During that time, Bailey repeatedly moved around in the vehicle and appeared to be attempting to hide something near the center console in front of him.
Jacobsen and Bailey were detained without incident with the assistance of backup deputies.
While clearing the car, a set of obviously shaved/altered keys were located on the center console. One of the shaved keys fit into the ignition, allowing the ignition to turn and start the vehicle. A small dark brown ball believed to be heroin, along with numerous small baggies among other trash, was observed on the passenger’s side floorboard. The substance was later field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for Heroin.
After advising both Jacobsen and Bailey of their rights, they were interviewed and subsequently arrested. Ten additional shaved/altered keys were located on a key chain inside Jacobsen’s backpack.
Jacobsen was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of Motor Vehicle Theft Tools and Driving While Suspended 2nd Degree.
Bailey was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Heroin.