SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A man wanted on two felony warrants was arrested early Thursday morning while a deputy was conducting a prowl check of businesses.
The deputy was during the check around 2 a.m. in the area of South David Street and East 2nd Avenue. The deputy noticed two people coming out of the shadows and walking away from one of the businesses. He made contact with the with a woman but the man continued to walk away. The deputy asked the man to stop and he did.
They told the deputy said they were going to a friend’s house to stay the night and they started walking from the area of Sprague and University. They said they were walking by the business because they were cold and tried a shortcut. While the deputy was talking the man appeared to be nervous.
The deputy ran their names and found the man, Gerry Elerding, 42, had two felony warrants for his arrest.
Elerding was arrested for the warrant. While the deputy was searching him, he found a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance in Elerding’s front coin pocket of his jeans which he recognized as methamphetamine. The substance was later tested positive for methamphetamine.
Elerding booked into the Spokane County Jail for the two felony warrants and an additional felony charge for Possession of a Controlled Substance.