SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Sheriff’s deputies said they found drugs on a man driving a stolen vehicle in early May. Authorities arrested the suspect.
Investigators said deputies stopped a Ford Expedition with no license plates for a speeding violation in the area of First and Willow on May 6. When a deputy contacted the driver, later identified as 29-year-old Michael P. Stewart, the deputy said he observed a bag of marijuana above the sun visor and a glass “stem”-type pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine next to Stewart’s leg. Authorities also said a BB gun was found under the center console of the vehicle.
Stewart was arrested after the deputy learned his driving status was suspended. During a search after his arrest, authorities said a bindle containing a crystalline substance was found in Stewart’s pocket. The substance showed a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine when it was later tested, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Officials said Deputies also discovered the vehicle Stewart was driving had been reported stolen on April 24. After being advised of his rights, Stewart stated he was borrowing the vehicle from a friend, according to authorities.
Stewart was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle as well as a misdemeanor charge of Driving While License Suspended in the Third Degree.
The vehicle was returned to the registered owner.