Stolen vehicle recovered at DUI checkpoint, victim finds out through social media

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma County Sheriffs were holding a DUI checkpoint when they discovered a vehicle they stopped had been stolen.

The red SUV was stopped at the checkpoint in the 300 block of N. MacArthur just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

When deputies stopped 23-year-old Edward Sofsky, they say he seemed to be under the influence of narcotics. Sofsky agreed to do a field sobriety test, which police say he failed, and then police found a handgun, syringes, and prescription medications in the vehicle.

The passenger in the vehicle, 25 year old Kelsey Goodman, was arrested as well.

While Sofsky was doing the sobriety test, the license plate number was checked on the SUV and information showed it had been reported stolen.

During the incident, police were updating information about the checkpoint through social media.

Their post found the SUV's owner, Nina Garsh, while she was busy bartending.

"Somebody from my bar ran up to me and showed me her phone," said Garsh. "They were like...is this your car?"

"The SUV had been stolen in Oklahoma City on March 26th, and she was more than happy that we were able to recover it just 2-days later along with the suspect and gave us permission to share her story," the Oklahoma County Sheriffs Office said.

Garsh's vehicle was taken away by A's Transportation Services, after she missed the original phone call from authorities.

When she arrived to receive her car, she was shocked to learn it would cost her $250.

"I felt pretty hopeless and disappointed," said Garsh. "I felt like I was almost being penalized, or punished for someone else's crime."

KFOR reached out to the wrecker service, who say their non-consensual towing rates come from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

The SUV is back home, thanks to some generous friends. Now she's left to wonder exactly where it's been.

"They put I think about 300 miles on it," said Garsh. "Which is insane to me, I don't know what they did."

 

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