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Man asks deputies to jump start stolen car, gets arrested

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Police in South Carolina arrested a man for possessing a stolen vehicle after he asked investigators for help to start it.

Justin Comer, 32, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office after he was arrested late Thursday night.

A passerby was also arrested by the same deputies for an outstanding warrant during an approximate 10 minute period.

Two sheriff’s investigators were checking a narcotics complaint in the Old Canaan Road area around 10:30 p.m. when Comer approached them to ask for help jump starting his car. 

Comer led the deputies to the rear of some property according to the SCSO written report where they saw the 2006 Chrysler 300C. The car engine started after a few minutes, but deputies became say they became suspicious when Comer displayed ignition keys with one appearing to be broken at the tip.

The investigators say they identified themselves as law enforcement officers to Comer, who couldn’t produce any proof of ownership for the car which had a paper car dealership tag.

The deputies ran the vehicle identification number and it came back as a stolen car. Comer was arrested by the investigators who say they contacted the car’s owner who confirmed the 300C had been stolen.

While the deputies were dealing with the reported stolen car, two people approached them according to the written report. Deputies say they identified Michael Lewis, 55, who had an outstanding warrant on a shoplifiting charge in Greenville.

Lewis was also arrested. 

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