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Police Report
2/26/2014 12:26:24 PM

The following incidents and arrests were among those reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Jan. 21 to Feb. 18. The incident report is listed in chronological order. 

Incidents and arrests
Eluding police - A 27-year-old Spokane man was arrested at 2:08 p.m. Jan. 21 at the 1500 block of North Colonial Court for eluding. An LLPD officer initiated a traffic stop after the registration of the vehicle he was driving showed it was registered to an inmate in the Spokane County Jail. The man began driving erratically and would not stop for the officer. He then came to a stop and jumped out of the vehicle. The officer pursued him on foot through a residential neighborhood before locating him in the home of a Liberty Lake resident, crouching behind a dresser. The man did not know the resident and had gained entry through an unlocked slider door. The man was transported to the Spokane County Jail, where he was booked on multiple outstanding warrants and was charged with eluding. 

Granddaughter arrested for fraud - At 1 p.m. Jan. 22, LLPD received a report of fraud at the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive. The report was made by the granddaughter of a man who had asked her to come in and report fraudulent charges in an amount exceeding $6,000 from a credit card in his name. She reported most were online transactions, but after review of the statement, it was found most were cash advances from local ATMs. The granddaughter then advised she was concerned it would be her face on the video surveillance as she sometimes got money out for him to pay bills. The investigation of this incident led to the arrest of the granddaughter who made the initial report. Reports said she used her grandfather's card to make numerous purchases and payments for her personal bills during the month of December. She was interviewed at the police department, whereupon she confessed and said she was under the influence of prescription drugs during that time. She was transported to the Spokane County Jail, where she was booked for first degree theft.

Alleged assault turns out to be false report - At 7 a.m. Jan. 29, LLPD was dispatched to the 24000 block of East Mission Avenue for the report of an assault. The caller reported a co-worker had been assaulted in the parking lot by a male subject. The victim stated she was approached and asked for a cigarette, and when she told the subject she didn't have one, he proceeded to punch her in the face, throw her up against a car and kick her in the stomach while she was lying on the ground. Officers arrived in the area and conducted a thorough and extensive search of the area. They also interviewed many individuals who were outside at the time of the attack. The suspect described was not located nor did anyone see the attack take place. A press release was issued and nearby businesses and schools took precautions for the event that attracted area-wide media attention. Following an investigation, the report of the assault was determined to be fabricated. Charges for making a false report were filed and forwarded to the prosecutor.  

A bad month for fences - At 5:20 p.m. Jan. 31, LLPD responded to the 25000 block of East Appleway Avenue for a traffic accident. Officers arrived on scene to find a vehicle had slid off the road and caused an estimated $1,200 worth of damage to fencing. Later, in the early morning hours of Feb. 19 a drunk driving accident resulted in a mangled vehicle, tree and 40 feet of residential fenceline near Country Vista Drive. The driver of the vehicle registered a .292 blood alcohol level on the preliminary breath test. The driver told LLPD he was on his way home and thought he was in Post Falls. 

Apartment stalker - At 6:42 p.m. Feb. 9, LLPD responded to the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive for a suspicious person. A complainant reported a male had stood near her bedroom window and looked in on two separate occasions. The complainant also reported the porch light had stopped working. An officer arrived and observed the porch light had been tampered with, and a pair of fresh tracks in the snow led to, and away from, the bedroom window. The officer approached the subject involved in an upstairs apartment, who denied the incident. LLPD reported that charges will be filed if the event happened again.

Women help save life of suicidal male - At 7:47 p.m. Feb. 9, LLPD responded to an attempted suicide at Country Vista Drive. Two female complainants reported a young male subject had left a care facility where he resided on foot and was traveling along the traffic of the freeway. The complainants were following the subject as they were concerned for his safety. Officers could not locate the subject initially due to weather conditions, and as the officer was en route to another area the complainants were reported to be, he observed a red jacket in the snow on the bridge. The officer got as close to the red coat as possible before getting out of his vehicle. Upon exiting, he heard the two complainants screaming hysterically as they leaned over the bridge holding on to something. The officer ran to assist them and immediately observed one of the complainant's upper body was completely over the edge of the bridge as both complainants held on to the subject who was dangling off the bridge and struggling to get free. Each complainant held on to a wrist, but the snowy/icy conditions were making it hard to grip his skin. The officer reached over the complainants, grabbed onto the back of the subject's pants, and pulled him over the women and back onto the bridge, where he was immediately placed in custody. Both complainants were advised of how lucky they were and commended for their bravery as the subject could have not only caused his own death, but many deaths after falling into the 70 mph traffic below. The subject was transported to an area hospital for a mental evaluation.  

Declined on Valentine's Day - At 9:47 p.m. Feb. 14, LLPD responded to the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road on the report that a male inside the store was cursing. When the officer arrived, he spoke to the male, who admitted to being belligerent and said he was upset because his card was declined at the register, and he was trying to purchase flowers.

Eluding police - A 29-year-old Spokane man was arrested at 1:17 p.m. Feb. 15 on eastbound Interstate 90 after an officer initiated a traffic stop near East Appleway Road and North Rocky Hill Road. The man attempted to elude the officer, who pursued him until he traveled westbound in an eastbound lane, at which point the officer terminated the pursuit. However, the officer was able to catch up with him at eastbound Interstate 90 as dispatchers received calls that there was a male traveling the wrong way in traffic, when he abandoned his vehicle and was seen trying to get into cars traveling down the freeway. The man was booked into the Spokane County Jail for eluding and a felony warrant.

Stolen vehicle arrest - A 22-year-old woman was arrested at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the 1400 block of North Aladdin Road for possession of a stolen vehicle. An officer learned the vehicle was stolen after running the plate. LLPD officers then made contact with the woman, who opened the door to the residence and reported she was "given" the vehicle by "Sierra" and "JP," her husband. However, the woman did not know their last name. When the registered owner of the vehicle arrived to take possession of her car, the woman advised officers "that's not the owner." She was booked into the Spokane County Jail for possession of stolen property and an outstanding warrant.

Calls for service
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Jan. 21-Feb. 18
Agency assist  2
Alarm  4
Assault  1
Citizen assist  5
Citizen dispute  2
Custodial interference  1
Domestic violence  1
Drug possession  1
DUI  4
Family fight (nonviolent)  4
Fraud  5
Fugitive  4
Harassment  1
Impounded vehicle  1
Juvenile runaway  1
Not classified  6
Property theft  1
Recovered stolen property  1
Resisting/interfering with police  1
Shoplifting  2
Suspicious person/circumstance  10
Traffic accident  5
Traffic offense  26
Trespassing  1
Vehicle prowl  1
Violation of court order  1
Welfare check  2

Citations
Reported by the Liberty Lake Police Department Jan. 21-Feb. 18
Criminal trespass  1
Defective muffler  3
Driving without a license  2
DUI  3
DWLS  30
Eluding police  1
Expired registration  9
Failure to stop/yield  1
Hit and run  1
Liability insurance  19
License in possession/display  1
Minor operating vehicle after alcohol  1
Reckless driving  3
Resisting arrest  1
Speeding  19
Speed in school zone  2
Texting while driving  1
Transfer of ownership  1
Use of cell phone  1

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