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Posts tagged: Washington Department of Licensing

The number of centenarian drivers might surprise you

Wondering why that motorist in the lane beside you looks so old?

Could be because they are.

New state figures show there's 110 licensed drivers in Washington who, as of Jan. 10, are at least 100 years old. They are among the 2,394 state residents 95 and older who are still licensed drivers.

SR reporter Chelsea Bannach stumbled onto the figures today while working on an upcoming article about organ donors. As part of the reporting for that article, she had requested figures from the state Department of Licensing about the number of motorists who list organ donor on their drivers licenses.

The agency sent a list showing the statewide numbers by age and gender. And the columns kept going and going and going. The list stopped at drivers who are 100 years old.

By the way, most motorists in their 90s are not organ donors, according to the state figures, a pattern that holds for both men and women. Move up a couple decades, however, and the number of licensed drivers in their 70s who are organ donors easily outnumbers those who aren't.

Look for Bannach's article this weekend.

2 men suspected in Ford fiend thefts

Spokane Valley police recently arrested a man for a series of vehicle prowls targeting Ford trucks after using Department of Licensing records to identify the suspect's SUV.

Surveillance video showed two men breaking into several Ford trucks at different locations and leaving in a green Chevrolet Suburban with a temporary license plate in the rear window.

Detectives looked through the DOL database for recently purchased Suburbans and found a 1998 green one purchased by Peter N. Harras, 29. Harras (left) was listed in the pawn shop database as having pawned several items between Aug. 1 and Sept. 18, which was the same period as the prowlings. The items matched items stolen in the prowlings.

Harras was arrested Friday at his apartment, 940 S. Lincoln St., where detectives found other items stolen in the prowlings.

Harras, who has several felony convictions for theft and stolen property, remains in jail on $7,500 bond after appearing in Superior Court Monday.

Police still are looking for Johnnie Lee Bonner, 33, (right) whom they say acted as an accomplice. He is white, 6 feet tall, about 250 pounds and has a shaved head and a white pride tattoo on his arm.

Anyone with information on Bonner's location is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Past coverage:

Sept. 14: Cop's truck is latest Ford fiend target

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