BREMERTON – An observant Bremerton police officer put the brakes on a Silverdale man’s unauthorized extended “test drive” after he spotted the stolen vehicle at a gas station Sept. 24.
According to a Bremerton Police Department report, Nico Noel Galvan-Marmolejo, 22, of Silverdale, asked the owner of a silver Saturn sedan that was for sale if he could take it for a test drive Sept. 23.
The car owner agreed to let Galvan-Marmolejo drive the car for a few minutes. Galvan-Marmolejo drove away, but allegedly never returned the vehicle.
At 1:50 a.m. on Sept. 24, a Bremerton Police officer noticed a silver Saturn car at the Chevron gas station near 4351 Wheaton Way. The officer recalled hearing about a stolen silver Saturn prior to the beginning of his shift, and he wondered if the one at the station might be hot.
The officer drove by the vehicle and ran the plate and determined it was in fact a stolen vehicle. The officer called for backup. Two more officers arrived on the scene.
The officer positioned his car directly behind the stolen Saturn and turned on his emergency lights. Two men inside the car were detained.
The officer asked Galvan-Marmolejo how long he had the car for, but Galvan-Marmolejo was allegedly evasive and did not answer the officer’s questions.
The owner of the vehicle arrived at the scene to collect the car. The owner told the police about the “test drive” and said Galvan-Marmolejo had told him he wanted to buy the car. No money had been paid and no deal to actually purchase the vehicle had been arranged.
Galvan-Marmolejo had a warrant for his arrest for driving with a suspended license. He was additionally charged with taking a motor vehicle without permission in the second degree, a felony.
Galvan-Marmolejo’s passenger told police he did not know the car was stolen and was released at the scene.