WA Legal Roundup - Div. III: Possessed stolen car runs from latest possession date.
When Contreras took the vehicle to the WSP, the one he got in 2004, he probably should have thought the wise. The unmatching VINS, the poor paint job, the glued on VIN. The WSP got suspicious and popped him for possession of a stolen car in late 2007. The possession happens each day you have the car, and Contreras's SOL on the crime had not run. Additionally, because he used the car during the possessing a stolen car crime, he gets his DOL License suspended.
Methinks the second part may get struck down by the high court eventually. The crime of possessing a stolen car requires some use of the car in commission of the crime, even if the initial transfer. The rest of the opinion makes perfect sense.