The actions of an alert Sunnyside police officer early this morning (Monday) led to the arrest of a Spanaway man who now faces felony and misdemeanor charges.
Officer Joey Glossen initiated a traffic stop shortly after midnight this morning when he observed a vehicle pulling into a darkened school parking lot near the 16th Street and Lincoln Avenue intersection. Identifying the driver as Pedro Alberto Hernandez, 35, of Spanaway, Glossen ended up arresting the man on charges of driving with a suspended license and for not having a court ordered ignition interlock.
Upon further investigation, according to Sgt. Jeff Cunningham of the Sunnyside Police Department, it was determined that the vehicle had license plates taken from another vehicle. A check of the vehicle identification number, said Cunningham, revealed that the automobile had been stolen from Tacoma.
Cunningham said in the subsequent search of the vehicle police officers discovered items that are commonly used to make methamphetamine.
Hernandez was booked into the Sunnyside jail. Initial charges filed against him include possessing stolen property and possessing drug paraphernalia.