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Fast Response Helps Recover Stolen Vehicle

Posted 1/30/2013 2:48 PM by MDGREGORY
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Tuesday, January 29th at 11:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy J. Karnitz heard a call broadcast over the radio regarding a 1994 Honda Prelude reported as stolen 5 minutes earlier from a residence in the 11900 block of East Frederick.

Deputy Karnitz started driving east on Trent toward the area the vehicle was reported stolen in an attempt to locate it. Within minutes, Deputy Karnitz observed a Honda travelling westbound matching the description of the one reported stolen and another vehicle behind it. Deputy Karnitz turned around, caught up to the vehicle as it continued travelling west on Trent and confirmed it was the Honda being reported. Waiting for additional units to assist, Deputy Karnitz continued to follow the vehicle at a distance. The Honda turned onto Mission from Trent and the driver began to accelerate and drive recklessly as he passed two vehicles.

With the Honda’s speed in excess of 60 mph and the reckless actions of the driver, Deputy Karnitz activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. Deputy Karnitz tried to keep up with the vehicle as the driver began turning on several streets in an attempt to escape on the wet and slushy roads. Travelling west on Sharp, Deputy Karnitz lost sight of the Honda near Pittsburg. He slowed, turned off his lights and siren and began checking the area for the vehicle.

Spokane Police Department Sergeant King, who was in the area to assist, located the unoccupied Honda crashed into a garage in an alleyway behind a residence in the 2100 block of East Sinto within a minute. Sergeant King advised there was one set of footprints in the snow leading away from the open driver’s door. Additional SCSO and SPD units arrived in the area and began to setup a containment perimeter. A Spokane Police K9 unit arrived and began to track the suspect as he ran northeast.

A short time later, SPD Officer Schneider advised he was contacting a male later identified as 21-year-old Artem G. Kuznetsov. Kuznetsov’s face was flush and he appeared to be out of breath and sweating. The K9 unit continued with the track which led to the location Kuznetsov was being detained as did the single set of footprints in the snow.

Kuznetsov declined to talk to Deputy Karnitz or answer questions about the incident. He was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony charges of Attempting to Elude, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and misdemeanor charges of Hit and Run-Property Damage and Driving While License Suspended 2nd.

The vehicle did sustain some damage but was drivable. It was released to the owner at the scene.

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies and Spokane Police officers did a great job working together to arrest this vehicle theft suspect, ensure the safety of the citizens in the area and return the stolen vehicle to its owner.

This was Deputy Karnitz’s 3rd Stolen Vehicle recovery of the night!!

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