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Seatbelt Violation Leads to Additional Safety Concerns

Posted 2/6/2013 11:40 AM by MDGREGORY

On Monday February 4th at approximately 2:40 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Holthaus was out on patrol in the area of 4th and University when he observed a defective brake light on a 1997 Ford Escort and the passenger of the vehicle was not wearing his seatbelt. Deputy Holthaus activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop and contacted the driver and passenger.

When he contacted the passenger, later identified as 22-year-old Gabriel C. Ashby, stated he didn’t have identification on him but he did verbally identify himself with the last name of Spear and a birthday in January of 1990. Deputy Holthaus checked the name given by Ashby and was unable to locate any record. He re-contacted Ashby who gave a different spelling of “Speer” and stated he was 22-years-old even though with the date of birth previously given, he should be 23. Deputy Holthaus checked the new information and again found no record.

Due to these inconstancies, Deputy Holthaus detained Ashby and conducted a pat search for weapons, locating a set of “brass knuckles” in Ashby’s pocket. After being informed he was now under arrest for possession of a dangerous weapon and of his rights, Ashby stated he carried the weapon for protection and provided his real name and date of birth. A check of Ashby’s correct name revealed an active felony warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance out of Newport, WA.

Ashby was transported to the Spokane County Jail and booked on the warrant and charged with Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, a misdemeanor.

The driver was released at the scene.