Traffic Stop Leads to Warrants & Drug Arrest


Traffic Stop Leads to Warrants & Drug Arrest


Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 25-year-old Joshua D. Bewick for Possession of a Controlled Substance, warrants and DWLS 3rd Degree after he was contacted during a traffic stop for an equipment violation.

On Friday, July 31st, 2015, Deputy Bohanek and Deputy Nguyen, working patrol together, noticed one of the brake lights of an Oldsmobile stopped at a red light at the intersection of Argonne and Knox in Spokane Valley wasn’t working.  They stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, identified as Bewick by a Washington State ID card.

A check of Bewick’s name showed his Washington State driver’s license status was suspended and he had active warrants for his arrest.  The passenger of the vehicle, whose driving privileges were also suspended, was identified and released.

A black backpack was observed inside the vehicle but Bewick did not consent to a search of the vehicle.  Bewick stated the backpack and vehicle belongs to his girlfriend.  The registered owner was contacted and responded to the scene.  She gave consent for a search of the vehicle and denied owning the backpack.

Inside the backpack, Deputy Bohanek located a fixed blade knife with a sheath, a digital scale with a white crystalline residue on it, a speaker with the initials “JDB” on it and a clear and green tinted plastic cylinder containing a chunk of a white crystalline substance.  The substance was later tested and showed a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine.

When asked again about the backpack, Bewick, who had been advised of his rights, stated the backpack belonged to a “friend”.  He did not want to identify the “friend” and admitted his fingerprints would probably be found on several of the items inside.

Bewick was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail.  He is currently being held for charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Theft 2ndDegree, Malicious Mischief 2nd Degree, Theft 3rd Degree and 3 counts of Driving While License Suspended 3rd Degree.

Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Officer

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