SPOKANE, Wash. – A Spokane County Sheriff’s vehicle was stolen Thursday night. Officials said the deputy was chasing a suspect when the car was taken.
Court documents said the deputy was running through a South Hill neighborhood after a suspect when he heard his engine rev up. They said the deputy saw his patrol car drive off.
He had left his car running and unlocked while he was chasing the suspect.
KREM 2 News asked the Sheriff’s Office if a situation like this can be prevented.
Sergeant Jeff Tower said, “I don’t know if we can prevent this. Things are going to happen. In most cases, the deputies, even though they are leaving fast, they try to hit lock. Most of them have cheater keys.”
Cheater keys can unlock any car. They are available for incidents like this one.
Deputies said they were investigating an attempted carjacking that occurred near the Albertson at 57th and Regal when the deputy’s car was stolen.
Officials said the suspect, Taylor Davis, 26, was trying to steal a car when he took off on foot. Sheriff’s deputies caught up with Davis at 63rd and Stone. Authorities said during the foot chase the suspect circled back, jumped into the deputy’s patrol car, and took off westbound on 57th Avenue.
The patrol car was recovered near Oz Fitness at E. 55th Avenue.
Davis was arrested at 44th and Julia shortly after the car was recovered. He is facing multiple charges.
Deputies said 19 keys were found in the Davis’ coat.
Officials said an AR 15 and a 12-gauge shotgun was in the deputy’s car when it was stolen. Both guns were still inside the vehicle when authorities found it.
The specifics behind the situation are still under investigation.
Officials said while this was not a good mistake to make, the deputy’s intentions were to keep the public safe.