Stranded driver on toll road gets more than helping hand from state troopers

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What started out as a simple tire change, ended up resulting in the arrest of a suspected car thief and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.

Indiana State Troopers on the I-80 Toll Road stopped to lend a helping hand to the stranded driver around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, near the 147 mile marker.

When the troopers pulled up, he found a man standing next to a tan Toyota Corolla tending to a flat tire. The man identified himself with a New York ID card as Joshua Anthony Lewis-Brown, 20, from Rochester, New York. Brown told the trooper he was unable to change the tire and was in need of a tow truck.

The troopers were preparing to oblige Brown in his request, but noticed the license plate was written in crayon on a grocery bag. Running a check of the Toyota’s VIN, the trooper discovered the Toyota had been reported as stolen out of State College, Pennsylvania on Wednesday. The troopers also found that Brown had never been licensed to operate a motor vehicle in any state, and was currently on probation for grand larceny.

When the roadside investigation concluded, the troopers placed Brown under arrest without incident and transported him to the Steuben County Jail. Brown was booked into custody and charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Operating Without Ever Obtaining a License.

Brown will be held on these Indiana charges, and then will face extradition back to Pennsylvania pending their local charges.

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