SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police searched a suspect wanted for stealing a car then crashing it in North Spokane early Thursday.
The suspect stole a vehicle warming up in the victim’s driveway around 7:30 a.m. near Fiske and Indiana, according to police. The son of the victim watched the suspect drive away, so the son armed himself, got into a second car and followed the suspect.
“He was just right there. I flipped around, he saw what I was doing. I tried to cut him off but he flipped trying to get away from me,” said the victim’s son Logan Wedemeyer.
The suspect ended up crashing the car into a tree near Upriver Drive and Regal before hopping out and running away on foot.
“He was right next to a stone wall, I grabbed his backpack and I was trying to hit him in the face. He then slipped out of his backpack and took off running,” said Wedemeyer.
Witnesses observed the suspect in a nearby apartment complex getting into a black Ford Probe. The vehicle was reported stolen Wednesday, according to police.
Officers later located the second car, unoccupied around 400 E. Montgomery. They processed the car for fingerprints and were able to identify a possible suspect.
The suspect was described as a white male, 19-20 years old, dirty brown curly hair, wearing jeans, a tan jacket, and a backpack.
Police do not recommend victims in these circumstances ever follow the suspect. Warming up a vehicle and leaving it unoccupied while running creates an opportunity for thieves and can put citizens in unnecessary danger, according to authorities. Additionally, idling is illegal in Spokane and can result in a $124 fine.