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Man arrested Friday for possessing stolen car and meth

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By Brian Beckley

The Courier-Herald

When a car spun out across from his business and landed in the westbound ditch during the Friday evening rush hour, Randy Wickizer of Randy's Landscape Supply ran across state Route 410 to help.

By the time he got to the scene, the driver was already out of his Honda and gathering a black tackle box from the trunk. Instead of staying by the car, however, the driver began to walk east, toward Buckley.

Wickizer stepped in front of the driver, not touching him, but blocking his path.

"I said 'He ain't leaving. I'm not going to let him,'" Wickizer said later Friday evening.

After Wickizer stepped in front of him, the driver turned and walked back toward the car repeating, "I can't be here" and "It was an accident."

Wickizer watched as the driver tried to shove the box into the trunk, then removed it again. Wickizer said the driver began to pull things out of his pockets, including a box of Sudafed.

Meanwhile, Erin Johnston of Enumclaw, who was on her way home from work and stopped to help, found out via her cell phone that the car she just watched veer across the highway in front of her was reported stolen.

"All of a sudden I saw something black go across the street," she said. Since the driver was traveling without his headlights, all Johnston saw was a "wave of dirt" as the car left the roadway.

Johnston also saw the driver remove the tackle box and empty his pockets.

"He just kept fiddling with his tackle box," she said. "He was frantic."

Inside the car, Wickizer and another witness, who was in the car directly behind the Civic and did not want to be identified, saw approximately 50 more boxes of Sudafed, rubber tubing and a 5-gallon bucket, all components used in the production of methamphetamine.

Though the incident took place just outside the city limits, Bonney Lake police were the first officers on the scene and detained the driver until Washington State troopers could arrive.

According to Officer Rob Kearney of Bonney Lake, the driver was detained because the car was listed as stolen and the driver tried to leave.

"He was attempting to flee the scene," Kearney said.

Kearney said he expected the driver to be charged with possession of stolen property and could also face charges of manufacturing a controlled substance if the car turned out to contain parts of a meth lab.

Brian Beckley can be reached at bbeckley@courierherald.com.

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