Man allegedly steals mayor's van to get to drug court

MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. -- In need of a ride to drug court, a man stole one of the more conspicuous vehicles he could have chosen: a van belonging to the mayor of Maple Valley, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy pulled the van over for a traffic violation around 8:30 a.m. in the 23900 block of 196th Avenue Southeast. According to the Sheriff's Office, the 45-year-old man behind the wheel had only an ID card on him and no paperwork for the van.

A Maple Valley Police officer joined the deputy and recognized the van as one that belonged to Mayor Bill Allison, who was promptly phoned and found to be missing the van.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the van thief, who had a suspended license and a warrant out of Bonney Lake, said he took it from a parking lot in order to get to drug court.

The man was booked for investigation of possessing stolen property and the warrant, and Mayor Allison was impressed at the speedy recovery of his van.