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Sirens & Gavels

Teens joyride with fire hydrant wrench

A carload of drunken teens led police to a stolen fire department wrench that had been used to open fire hydrants throughout Spokane Valley.

Justin L. Myles, 19, told police about the wrench while being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving about 2 a.m. Saturday near Long Road and Indiana, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

A passenger, Steven Ray Brown, 19, was arrested for first-degree malicious mischief, minor in possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana after he told police he'd used the wrench to open the hydrants "apparently to save the other four from being arrested," according to a news release by Sgt. Dave Reagan.

It was a futile attempt. Along with Myles' drunken driving charge, Mitchell Gunion, 19, and two 16-year-olds were arrested for minor in possession of alcohol.

One of the passengers told police they'd found the wrench in a fire hydrant, left behind by a firefighter.

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