Liberty Lake drug K-9 J.J. had a busy week from Feb. 14 to 22, as did the rest of the officers in the Liberty Lake Police Department. A mixed bag of calls led to arrests for offenses including drug possession and reckless driving.
J.J. was called to assist with a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office traffic stop on Interstate 90 on Feb. 16. A passenger reportedly told the deputy they were in town to buy drugs, said police chief Brian Asmus. J.J. searched the car and alerted officers to the front passenger side door and the trunk. The car was impounded until a search warrant could be requested, Asmus said.
An officer spotted a man wanted on a warrant for domestic violence harassment/threats to kill in the 1700 block of North Cavalier Court the morning of Feb. 16. A smoking device and small bag of marijuana were found in his pocket, Asmus said, and J.J. was called out to search his vehicle. The dog located more drug paraphernalia and marijuana, Asmus said. The man was arrested on his warrant and for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers were called to a business alarm in the 1400 block of North Meadowwood Lane that turned out to be false on Feb. 14. But the responding officers noticed that the employee they talked to was wanted on a civil bench warrant. They returned after closing and arrested the man, Asmus said.
A Hayden woman was arrested for driving with a suspended license at Sprague Avenue and Liberty Lake Road the morning of Feb. 15. She was originally stopped for running a stop sign. A Spokane man was arrested on two warrants for driving with a suspended license at Harvard Road and Mission Avenue on Feb. 19.
A Newman Lake man was arrested at midnight on Feb. 18 for reckless driving and driving under the influence. An officer used radar to clock the man driving 90 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone at Appleway Avenue and Broadway, Asmus said. The car got on I-90 and was clocked at 125 mph on the freeway before it exited and pulled over at Liberty Lake Road, he said.
Also during the week a loud party drew the attention of police in the 1600 block of North Aladdin Road at 10:45 p.m. on Feb. 15. The homeowner was initially uncooperative but eventually agreed to keep the noise down, Asmus said. Officers were called to assist Spokane Valley police with a hit-and-run accident in the Walmart parking lot on Feb. 15. A driver struck several cars and tried to leave the scene. Officers believed the driver was drunk and called the Washington State Patrol, Asmus said. A Greenacres woman was arrested for driving under the influence and hit-and-run.
Officers handed out two citations for license and plates required, three for defective muffler, six for failure to stop at a stop sign and four for speeding. Additional citations were given for failure to obtain a Washington driver’s license, failure to show proof of liability insurance, failure to yield on a left turn and failure to wear a seat belt.