Man caught driving stolen truck from Arlington school lot

Witnesses said they saw the vehicle going over the speed limit and blowing through a stop sign.

ARLINGTON — An Arlington man tried to elude police Sunday in a box truck that had been stolen from the Arlington School District, according to police reports filed in court.

A witness called police around 8 a.m. after seeing the supply truck pass by his house twice, going up to 60 mph and blowing through a stop sign, court papers say. He reported it was odd that a school truck was on the road on a Sunday.

Another resident called police when she saw the truck in her driveway. The driver took off northbound on Highway 9.

Police caught up with the truck near Angel of the Winds Casino and followed it with lights and sirens on, but the driver allegedly did not stop for 2½ miles.

The driver eventually pulled over on Pioneer Highway. He reportedly said he knew the vehicle was stolen, but that his friend had stolen it. When police asked who his friend was, the suspect reportedly said “John Smith.” Police were unable to find any more details on the supposed friend.

Officers reported no damage to the door locks or ignition. A school employee said that the keys were probably still in the vehicle, according to the police report. The employee also noted that someone cut through two padlocks — one on a gate and another on fencing surrounding school vehicles — to get to the truck.

Several tools were reported missing, including one worth $5,000. The suspect denied knowing about any missing items.

The man was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, possessing a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude law enforcement.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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