Spokane Valley driver claims he does not need license

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – A Spokane Valley deputy stopped a driver Monday evening who claimed he did not need a driver’s license.

Deputies said this is the second time in two days a driver has claimed to be “traveling” implying they did not need a driver’s license.

The first incident was Saturday in Medical Lake. The driver was stopped for speeding and provided the required information to Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy but claimed to be a “free traveler” and wanted to talk to the Sheriff. Officials said the driver was issued a criminal citation for DWLS 3rd Degree and a ticket for speeding.      

The deputy said around 5:30 p.m. Monday, he spotted a white Suzuki Aerio going south on Argonne in the middle lane. He said the driver, Kenneth Goodman, 41, made a quick and abrupt left turn across the inside lane of travel into a parking lot at Mission and Mullan. According to the deputy, Goodman failed to use a turn signal prior to making the improper turn and cut off another vehicle, almost causing a crash.

Officials said the deputy pulled in behind the car and contacted Goodman as he got out of the car and asked him for his driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. Goodman told the deputy he was “traveling” not in commerce and did not have identification. The deputy asked him why he stopped him and told him he almost caused a crash. Goodman told the deputy he was arguing with a passenger who insisted he turned into the gas station, so he did.

Authorities said the deputy told Goodman he needed to identify himself and he wanted to make sure he was not impaired. Goodman told the deputy his name was Ken and he did not have a last name.

Authorities said during this time the two passengers in the car went into the store. A short time later, the men came out of the store and started to approach the deputy as he was trying to identify Goodman. The deputy asked the men to stay back and initially they did not comply. So, the deputy called for emergency backup and they arrived within minutes.

Officials said the deputy told Goodman he needed to properly identify himself or he would be arrested and taken to jail. Goodman said he was being unlawfully detained per Constitutional Code and did not identify himself. Goodman was then placed under arrest. He told the deputy he was being kidnapped and the deputy was committing theft.

Once he was put in the patrol car, Goodman gave the deputy his full name and date of birth. Authorities said Goodman’s driving status was suspended in the 3rd degree.

Goodman was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Refusal to Give Information or Cooperate with an Officer and DWLS 3rd Degree. He was also issued a notice of infraction for Improper Turn and No Proof of Insurance. 


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