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Sirens & Gavels

Reward offered in road rage assault

The mystery of the road rage van continues.

Spokane County Sheriff's detectives have been trying to track down the driver of a van who faces a vehicular assault charge for allegedly dragging a motorcyclist during a fight on North Division Street on Aug. 14.

Detectives found the van's previous owner, a Spokane man, who said he sold the vehicle to a man he thought lived in Cheney, said Sgt. Dave Reagan.

The van's current license plate is Washington plate 102YVY, but it's registered to a Post Falls church detectives don't believe exists, Butch Stephen's Organizational Church, Reagan said.

Now Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that solves the crime. "It would appear on it's face that the van has been fraudulently registered, that's why we're having trouble tracking it down," Reagan said. "We need help."

The incident began when the van cut off a motorcycle while southbound on Newport Highway, according to the Sheriff’s Office

The motorcyclist and his passenger eventually parked when traffic was backed up on North Division and smashed out a side window on the van with his helmet before the van backed over the driver, dragging him about 20 feet.

The van is described as a 1986 full-size black and silver Chevrolet "beater" with a left rear side sanded down and primered. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or submit tips online at

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