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A sheriff's dog tracked a car theft suspect who fled a crash in Spokane Valley early today.
The K-9, Brax, located Justin C. Luce, 32, hiding near a tree about two blocks from the crash near 600 N. Walnut Road, which occurred after Luce fled a traffic stop near Walnut and Broadway Avenue about 3 a.m., according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.
Officer Juan Rodriguez located the crashed car unoccupied with a shaved key inside the ignition. A sheriff's helicopter and Brax tracked Luce to the tree.
Police found a backpack in the stolen vehicle that contained marijuana. Officers say it and several burglary tools found in the car belonged to Luce.
Luce is to be sentenced March 26 for a burglary in Kootenai County that's connected to the theft of a high-end triathlon bicycle recovered by Coeur d'Alene police just in time for Ironman.
Luce also has a conviction in Spokane County for car theft that stemmed from a similar police chase in the Valley last April.
Coeur d'Alene police recovered a stolen high-end bike in time for its owner to ride it in the Ironman triathlon on Sunday.
The $3,500 bike was stolen with a $1,000 bicycle near City Beach on Wednesday. About four hours later, a snow blower was reported stolen from the Best Western Inn.
An employee reported a red Chevrolet Corsica without a license plate drive past him earlier that morning with a snow blower on the back. He later realized it belonged to the motel and called police. The Corsica matched the description of the bike thieves' getaway vehicle.
Police located the snow blower in a pawn shop data base the next day and contacted the seller, Justin C. Luce, 31, (above left) who told officers they could find the stolen Ironman bike at a Pawn One in Spokane.
The bike was returned to its owner in time for the race. Police also located the second bike and notified the owner.
Luce was already wanted on a Spokane County warrant for theft of a motor vehicle. Coeur d'Alene police believe he's responsible for several thefts in Coeur d'Alene and say they're still identifying stolen property.
A second suspect in the bike thefts, Lukas R. Porto, 18, (right) of Coeur d'Alene was arrested Monday and charged with possession of stolen property.
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.