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Traffic stops lead to other charges in Liberty Lake

A couple of routine traffic stops turned into something else during the week of Oct. 10-Monday in Liberty Lake, resulting in several arrests.

A car spotted going 51 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone was stopped at Country Vista Drive and Liberty Heights Lane at 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. The driver was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.

A man was pulled over for talking on his cellphone at Mission Avenue and Pepper Lane at noon on Oct. 15. The driver, a 53-year-old Spokane resident, was arrested on a warrant for theft in Spokane County and a warrant for burglary in Idaho’s Shoshone County.

A car with studded tires was stopped at 11:30 a.m. at Harvard Road and Indiana Avenue on Monday. The officer who stopped the car could smell the odor of marijuana on the driver and in the car, Asmus said. The driver, 18-year-old Spokane Valley resident Christopher J. Schelin, reportedly admitted that he had the drug and handed the officer a bag of marijuana and a smoking device, Asmus said.

Several more bags of marijuana and a scale were found in the car, Asmus said. The driver was arrested on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a felony.

There was one arrest for driving with a suspended license and two more arrests on outstanding warrants.

During the week officers handed out five citations for license and plates required, two for failure to show proof of liability insurance and eight for speeding. Additional citations were given for improper lane usage and making a prohibited turn.