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Brothers Chase Man Who Stole Running Car From Driveway

Two brothers chased a man who stole a running car from their driveway early Friday, clubbed him and held him until Spokane police arrived.

The car owner, who lives in the 1100 block of West Nora, had just started his car and walked back into his house when he heard his car’s engine revving.

He peeked out the window as a man drove away in his car.

The victim and his brother followed in their minivan while the car weaved back and forth down the road, never traveling more than 10 mph, police said.

The thief drove into an alley in the 2300 block of Northwest Boulevard and smashed the car into a shed.

When the thief got out of the car yelling obscenities and threatening them, one of the brothers grabbed a hammer and hit him twice in the head, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.

The second blow sent the thief tumbling to the ground, where the brothers held him until police arrived, Cottam said.

Police arrested Matthew Douglas Reed, 28, and took him to a hospital with head and shoulder injuries. Reed, who gave his address as 2310 W. York, threatened officers and emergency room workers while he was being treated, police said.

After his release, Reed was booked into the Spokane County Jail for taking a vehicle without the owner’s permission, malicious harassment, driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and assault.

He has criminal convictions dating back 10 years that include burglary, robbery, theft, drugs, disorderly conduct and probation violations, police said.

, DataTimes

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