Spokane – Troopers and Detectives from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) following up on a tip yesterday afternoon located the vehicle that is suspected of striking Joshua Lee, sometime yesterday morning on State Route 2 just north of Nevada Street, in Spokane County.
Investigators were able to locate a 1988 Chevrolet Pickup that had damage and missing parts consistent with evidence that was obtained by investigators, which led WSP investigators to question and eventually arrest 35 year old Orlan W. Knuth. Knuth was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Hit and Run Fatal and Vehicular Homicide.
Knuth, a friend/neighbor of Lee admitted that the two were together the night of collision and had been drinking beer at a local bar. Sometime during the night Knuth and Lee became separated after getting into a verbal argument. Knuth told investigators that he didn’t remember much about the evening but did remember hitting something while driving home but thought it was a guardrail or post.
WSP investigators impounded Knuth’s truck to the WSP district headquarters for further analysis. Captain Jeff Otis, WSP Spokane District Commander praised the cooperation between everyone involved, “Thanks to all the troopers, deputies, communications officers and especially WSP Criminal Investigative Division detectives for the excellent teamwork yesterday that resulted in the successful capture of the suspect in this collision.”
KNUTH, ORLAN WESLEY
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