An 18-year-old transient was arrested on suspicion of car theft early Thursday after the vehicle ran out of gas about a block from a police station.
Spokane Valley police found David R. Yeager putting fuel into a stolen 1990 Jeep Cherokee after the owner’s son reported the theft to the Spokane Valley Police precinct, 12710 E. Sprague Ave., about 7:15 a.m.
He said the Jeep wouldn’t have gotten too far from his East Alki home because it didn’t have much gas, police said.
The man then returned a few minutes later and said he spotted the stolen Jeep in a parking lot about a block from the station.
Police booked Yeager into Spokane County Jail on a count of theft of a motor vehicle.