Traffic Stop Leads To Recovery of Stolen Property and Drugs

Julie Humphreys, Public Safety Communication Manager, 509.625.5868

Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 12:34 p.m.

Traffic stop leads to arrest, recovery of stolen car, stolen gun, and a lot of drugs

On 03-22-22 around 8:30AM, an SPD officer was on patrol in the area of 3900 E Sprague Ave when he observed a Cadillac CTS almost strike another vehicle while making a left turn. The officer also noted that the Cadillac did not have a license plate, and that a similar vehicle had recently been reported stolen.

The Cadillac pulled into the garage of a residence in the 4000 block of E Pacific Ave. Two occupants immediately exited the vehicle, and the male driver was contacted in the driveway by the officer.

The male suspect was evasive when questioned about ownership of the vehicle and his ties to the residence where he had parked the car. When asked to identify himself the driver provided a false name.

Because the officer observed the subject driving, had been provided a false name, and believed the vehicle was possibly stolen, the officer attempted to detain the suspect in handcuffs. During the detention process the male abruptly fled, prompting a short foot pursuit. After traversing through a couple yards, the male was caught and detained by the pursuing officer.

The reason for the suspect’s deceit and flight would soon become apparent; after obtaining his correct name a records check revealed he (30-year-old Dustin Besaw) had an outstanding felony warrant from the Department of Corrections with the original charge being assault.

Further investigation revealed the warrant was just the beginning of Besaw’s criminal charges. The vehicle was confirmed to be stolen, and the garage Besaw pulled the car into was a strangers. During the subsequent search, a loaded stolen handgun was found, accompanied by a significant amount of methamphetamine, and thousands of suspected fentanyl pills. Over $11,000 in US currency was also seized found.

In addition to his outstanding warrant, Besaw was booked into jail for unlawful possession of a firearm (his criminal history precludes possession of a firearm), possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, making a false statement (lying about his name), and resisting arrest

Besaw has five felony convictions including for assault, burglary, and drug possession.

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