August 11, 1996 in City

Men Turn Themselves In After Walking Through Sewer System

From Staff Reports

Three men were arrested early Saturday after they went exploring in the city sewer system.

Aaron L. Carr-Callen, 22, Sean C. Dunn, 21, and Kristopher L. Kafton, 19, were booked into the Spokane County Jail on charges of second-degree malicious mischief, a felony, after the 4 a.m. incident. Dunn and Carr-Callen both gave 1216 W. Fairview as their address. Kafton told police he lives at 515 W. Euclid.

Police said the three turned themselves in as firefighters prepared to enter the sewer to look for them. The three were soaked to the waist, said police spokesman Dick Cottam.

They told police they were just “goofing off,” and had walked through the sewer from Cleveland and Belt to the river, Cottam said. They were on their way back to their car when they were arrested.

Police reportedly found a flashlight lying at the bottom of the sewer, about a 20-foot drop from the street, Cottam said.

A resident who lives nearby saw three men pull up in a car and climb into the sewer, police said. She called police an hour later when they did not reappear.

Several fire trucks, paramedics and an ambulance were sent to the scene. Fire officials feared the men might have been overcome because of a lack of breathable air, Cottam said.

City work crews normally use a remote camera to check for breaks and blockages in the sewer, Cottam said.

, DataTimes

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