Felon causes wreck; Spokane cops find weapons in car

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 6:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 8:32 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- Police responded to a two car wreck early Thursday and found more than they expected.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. near Francis and Division.  Authorities said a driver T-boned another car near the intersection.

As officers investigated, they discovered the driver at fault, 29-year-old Kent A. Durham, was also a convicted felon.  Court records show Durham has four felony convictions, including delivery of a controlled substance and 1st degree robbery.  According to court documents, he swung a knife at a Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Officer in 2004 while attempting to get away with a CD player he stole from the store.

On the passenger’s seat of the Durham's car, they found stolen property, as well as two pistols.  It is illegal for a convicted felon to be in possession of a firearm.

Police also found a stolen laptop and Portable Playstation in the car.

Authorities took Durham into custody. He was booked into jail for first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.  The public defender says Durham had no idea the guns were in the vehicle.

The public defender asked that Durham be released without bond and says Durham’s girlfriend stated he was trying to start his own business and open a car lot.  The judge set bond at $20,000.

No injuries were reported in the wreck.

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