Most police calls in Liberty Lake during the holiday week of Dec. 27 to Jan. 3 involved one of two things – driving under the influence or domestic violence.
A resident in the 1300 block of North Eagle Street called police the afternoon of Dec. 27 to report that the father of two foster children was recently released from an Idaho prison and had been making threats. The man is not allowed to leave Idaho.
A car was reported stolen from the parking lot of True Legends at 10 p.m. Dec. 28. While an officer was there taking a report, a woman approached the officer to report that her son was missing, said police chief Brian Asmus. Her son had left the business and not returned. A check of the name of the missing man revealed that he had a history of vehicle theft, Asmus said.
Several hours later a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy found the stolen car in the 2500 block of North Flora Road after it had been involved in an accident. The missing man was located near the car. Injuries he apparently received in the crash and other evidence indicated that he stole the car and crashed it, said Asmus, though the man told deputies he had only been a passenger. The man was arrested for vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and driving under the influence.
A resident in the 24000 block of East Autumn Crossing reported that a previous boyfriend was attempting to contact her in violation of a protection order. The case is under investigation, Asmus said.
A woman in the 21500 block of East Bitterroot Lane reported on Dec. 31 that her intoxicated son had assaulted his stepfather. When police arrived the son said that he had committed the assault so he could go to jail and get treatment for his alcohol problem, Asmus said. He was arrested for domestic violence assault.
There was one other arrest during the week for driving under the influence. Officers also handed out citations for license and plates required, violating an intermediate license and failure to stop at a red light.