SPOKANE – A suspected car thief is in jail after deputies say his own father helped turn him in.
Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputies say it started Monday, October 1st with a stolen car report near 5800 North Fotheringham Street, and a shoplifting report from the Safeway on North Newport Highway involving the same car.
A deputy noticed spotted the car later that afternoon on Elk-Chattaroy Road. When he tried to pull the car over, the driver took off, blew through a stop sign at Conklin and Blanchard Road, and t-boned a pickup truck. The driver of the pick up wasn’t hurt.
The driver of the stolen car, identified as 26-year-old Jesse Johnson, took off after the crash. Several deputies, the Sheriff’s K-9 unit, and Air 1 all searched the area but couldn’t find him.
On Tuesday, October 2nd, Johnson’s father called sheriff’s deputies and told them he had plans to pick up his son, and wanted deputies to take him into custody before something bad happened to him.
Deputies stopped Johnson and his father and took Johnson into custody without incident.
Johnson faces felony hit and run, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and eluding and vehicular assault charges.