A Spokane Valley man was arrested Monday in Post Falls on suspicion he stole a Corvette from a Valley dealership and hit a salesman with the car.
Eric J. Stewart, 20, 9513-1/2 E. Fourth, was stopped by police as he was eastbound on Interstate 90 about 4:15 p.m., Post Falls Police Sgt. Marc Anderson said.
Stewart was arrested on a charge of possession of stolen property.
Stewart also could be charged with theft and assault in Spokane County, sheriff’s Lt. David Wiyrick said. Two teenage girls in the car were released to their parents.
A Ponderosa Acura salesman was treated for minor injuries at Valley Hospital and Medical Center after he was struck by the maroon 1990 Corvette, Wiyrick said.
The trouble began when two Acura salesmen at Park and Sprague spotted a man driving away in the Corvette, which had been parked with the keys in the door, Wiyrick said.
The salesmen chased the thief, who lost control and spun out at Riverside and Dyer. One of the salesmen got out of a car and approached the Corvette. The Corvette’s driver then backed into the salesman.
The thief drove off in the Corvette. The car was spotted later on Interstate 90 by a Washington State Patrol trooper who alerted Post Falls Police.
Authorities are investigating whether Stewart may be responsible for a total of five car thefts. In four of those cases, the unlocked cars were parked at dealerships with the keys inside, Wiyrick said.