License Plate Recognition Leads to Arrests | Crime
The Regional License Plate Recognition System alerted the Post Falls police department of a confirmed stolen vehicle Thursday night, which lead to the arrest of two male suspects.
Several Post Falls Police officers, including K-9 units, and a Kootenai County Sheriff's deputy responded to the area and located the silver 2011 Subaru Forester, verified to be stolen out of Richland, Washington. Officers found multiple drugs and drug paraphernalia, knives, and two loaded firearms in the vehicle.
The driver, identified as Darwin G. Overby, age 41, was taken into custody for Grand Theft of a vehicle, Possession of Controlled Substance, and Driving While Suspended. He also had an outstanding felony warrant. A second individual in the vehicle, identified as Christopher L. Johnson, age 39, was also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and as a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Two remaining male passengers were not charged with any crimes and released.
The Post Falls Police Department participates with a Regional License Plate Recognition system along with Coeur d' Alene Police and the Kootenai County Sheriff.
How it works is that law enforcement agencies submit license plate numbers of reported stolen vehicles to the LPR system, if vehicles pass through designated camera areas, Emergency Communications Officers are alerted of possible matches. After the match is confirmed, officers attempt to locate the vehicle.
For more information contact the Post Falls Police Department through the website www.postfallspolice.com