14-Time Convicted Felon Arrested, Again
Spokane Valley Investigative Unit (SVIU) Detectives involved in an ongoing investigation, observed 14-time convicted felon, 51-year-old John P. Oak, driving a truck. Oak was arrested for a felony Washington Department of Corrections Escape Community Custody warrant and Driving While Suspended 3rd Degree a short time later. At the time of his arrest, Detectives found a black pouch on the ground underneath where Oak was handcuffed. The pouch contained what was determined to be Methamphetamine as well as a small glass smoking pipe.
On April 27, 2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., SVIU Detectives, involved in an ongoing investigation, observed Oak place a small black bag in a Dodge truck and drive away.
SVIU Detectives are very familiar with Oak since they have had several contacts with him. Oak is a 14-time convicted felon (Possession of a Controlled Substance, Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Burglary, Stolen Vehicle, and Assaults) and a habitual offender who has been armed in the past.
In March of 2018, during a warrant service at the conclusion of a separate investigation and with the assistance of the SWAT Team, SVIU Detectives arrested Oak charging him with Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and a Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) Escape Community Custody felony warrant. At that time, his bond was set at $15,000 during his first appearance. Oak remained in jail and pled guilty to Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance, receiving a 120-day sentence. He was released from jail on July 23, 2018, after his time was served.
After Detectives observed Oak drive away, knowing his driving privileges were suspended and he had an active felony DOC warrant for his arrest stemming from the 2018 case, they lost sight of the vehicle for a few minutes due to Oak’s aggressive and reckless driving. They quickly found it and directed Deputies in marked patrol cars to stop Oak’s vehicle.
Oak pulled into the WinCo parking lot at a high rate of speed, still well ahead of Deputies, hastily parked across two stalls and exited the vehicle. Oak fled at a brisk walk across the parking lot where Detective McCrillis and Detective Oliphant confronted him. They told Oak he was under arrest and ordered him to the ground, but Oak did not comply. Oak was quickly taken to the ground and handcuffed.
When they stood Oak up, they observed a black pouch on the ground underneath where he was laying. Oak claimed the pouch wasn’t his and he also claimed he walked to WinCo, denying he drove there. The pouch contained a glass pipe commonly used to smoke controlled substance along with a baggie containing a white crystalline substance. The substance was later field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for Methamphetamine.
Oak was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for his felony DOC warrant. The truck was impounded, and a search warrant was requested. Once obtained, a search of the vehicle was conducted, but the black bag Oak was observed placing in the truck was not located.
On April 30, 2019, Detectives added charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Drive While Suspended 3rd Degree, Obstructing and Reckless Driving.