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Alert police sgt. nabs car theft suspect

An alert police sergeant followed a suspicious driver in Spokane Valley Wednesday night and discovered that the vehicle was stolen and the driver was wanted on warrants

Justin C. Luce, 31, 12500 E. Eighth Ave., was booked into Spokane County Jail on possession of a stolen vehicle, driving while license suspended and court warrants for his arrest for three previous misdemeanors.

Sgt. Matt Smith spotted a gray Dodge Durango near University Road and Valley Way about 10:30 p.m. and followed the vehicle as the driver circled slowly through the adjacent neighborhood.

When Smith approached the vehicle, he saw it had no rear license plate and stopped it.

It turned out the vehicle had been stolen earlier on Wednesday from Blue Chip Motors, and Luce was listed as the suspect, said Sgt. Dave Reagan in a news release.

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