May 17, 2012 in Washington Voices

Liberty Lake apartment resident reports golf cart crash

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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It is possible to be arrested for driving under the influence even if you are driving a golf cart, as one Liberty Lake man discovered this week. A resident of an apartment complex in the 22800 block of Country Vista Drive called police at 7:45 p.m. on May 7 to report that someone had driven a golf cart into a parked car, causing damage.

An officer was able to find the golf cart and its driver, said Liberty Lake Police Chief Brian Asmus. Witnesses identified the driver, who appeared to be intoxicated, Asmus said. He was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run.

The nine arrests for driving with a suspended license were again high for the week of May 7-14. One of the drivers was also arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. An Otis Orchards man was arrested in the 2000 block of North Harvard Road on May 8 on a Spokane County warrant.

A 19-year-old Post Falls woman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing after police received a suspicious person call in the 1800 block of North Winchester Court at 6:30 p.m. on May 9. A resident saw a man and a woman climb over a backyard fence before they ran away, Asmus said. Officers were able to find the woman and arrest her. A bag of burglary tools was found at the scene. A warrant has been issued for the woman’s companion, who has been identified as having a long history of committing property crimes, Asmus said.

A warrant has also been issued for a 20-year-old man charged with fourth-degree domestic-violence assault in connection with a call in the 1700 block of North Cavalier Road on May 7. The victim suffered a broken ankle.

A traffic stop netted a lot more than a ticket shortly before 1 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Liberty Lake Road on Friday. An officer found marijuana and several small packages of “an unidentified brown tar like substance” on the driver, Asmus said. The officer also reportedly found needles, small bags, a digital scale and a small bag of methamphetamine, Asmus said. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

While on patrol in the 19400 block of East Broadway Avenue on Saturday morning an officer spotted a man on a bicycle acting suspiciously, Asmus said. The man rode away when the officer approached, but police were able to track him down at his Spokane Valley home, where he was hiding in the garage, Asmus said. He was arrested on a warrant for theft.

A car was reported stolen in the 21600 block of Bitterroot Lane on the morning of May 9. The car was found outside the area later that same day and returned, Asmus said.

Appliances were reported stolen from a foreclosed home in the 1200 block of North Homestead Drive on May 9. A laptop, tablet computer and purse were reported stolen in a burglary in the 1100 block of North Winchester Lane on May 10. A contractor told police an aluminum catwalk was stolen from a construction site at Country Vista Drive and Bergamot Avenue on Friday.

During the week officers handed out six citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance, two for speeding, three for use of a cellphone and two for failure to wear a safety belt. Additional citations were given for license and plates required and failure to stop at a red light.


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