Missing Key Witness Arrested On South Hill She Had Been Sought For Trial Of Former City Police Officer
A woman wanted as a material witness in the upcoming trial of a former Spokane police officer was jailed Thursday.
Laice Leann Peterson was arrested without incident at a South Hill residence sometime before noon, police spokesman Dick Cottam said.
Police received tips about the 30-year-old woman’s whereabouts after local media reported that she was wanted, Cottam said.
Peterson is the chief witness against Mark W. Meehan, who was fired last September after four years on the force.
Meehan is charged with one count of filing a false police report and two counts of obstructing a public servant.
Detectives said he committed the gross misdemeanors while trying to protect Peterson from arrest last spring.
Peterson told investigators she had sex and smoked crack cocaine with Meehan, sometimes while he was on duty, during a yearlong relationship that ended in April 1997.
Meehan has denied those allegations and pleaded not guilty. His trial is expected to begin next week.
Prosecutors issued a warrant for Peterson’s arrest Monday when they worried she wouldn’t show up to testify.