On Tuesday 18 April 2017 at approximately 2245 hrs. Off. Davis and Off. Parr were on patrol on the 500 blk. Woodward St. The Officers spotted a red 2013 Dodge Avenger that had just parked in the block. A similar vehicle had been reported stolen on 17 April 2017 from the 400 blk. State St. A check of the vehicle showed that it was the vehicle had been reported stolen.
Officer Shaffer and Off. Lapp were able to establish a surveillance position. At approximately 2320 hrs. someone got into the stolen vehicle and drove it from the 500 blk. Woodward St. Officers stopped the vehicle near the intersection of S. Christian St. and Dauphin St. The driver, identified as Lavar Coffield, was taken into custody without incident. Coffield was later found to be in posession of several pills that were suspected to be Clonazepam.
Auto Theft Unit Detective Willard Smith responded to assist with the investigation. As a result of the incident, Coffield was charged with (1) count Receiving Stolen Property (F3) and Possession of a Controlled Substance (Clonazepam) (M). Coffield was transported to LCP for Central Arraignment. He was arraigned and committed to LCP in lieu of $20,000 bail.
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