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Liberty Lake drive lands woman in hospital

Thu., Aug. 29, 2013

Assaults, thefts and other crimes led to numerous arrests by the Liberty Lake Police Department the week of Aug. 19-26, but arguably the most intriguing incident involved a topless elderly woman seen driving her car in broad daylight.

Someone called police just after 4 p.m. Friday to report an elderly woman driving topless in the area of East Eaglebend Lane and North Tanglewood Lane. The person provided the license plate number, which police tracked to a nearby home. A car was heard running inside the garage and officers could see a nude woman inside acting erratically, said Police Chief Brian Asmus.

The woman eventually answered the door, and officers could see empty and nearly empty bottles of alcohol in the kitchen. The woman told police that she didn’t remember leaving her home. She was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated, Asmus said.

On Sunday, police arrested a suspect in a recently reported rape. Jorge Araiza-Solis of Liberty Lake was arrested on a felony charge of third-degree rape. The alleged crime took place in Liberty Lake.

Employees at Safeway detained a woman for allegedly stealing alcohol on Aug. 22. The store also had surveillance footage of the same woman stealing alcohol from the store in seven previous incidents, Asmus said. She was arrested on a charge of theft.

A Spokane man was arrested on charges of fourth-degree assault and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence after an incident in the 25000 block of East Hawkstone Loop on Sunday. A man walked into the police station just after 10 a.m. Friday to turn himself in for stealing $1,700 from his employer in Coeur d’Alene. The man was put in touch with the Coeur d’Alene detective handling the case, Asmus said.

On Aug. 22 police arrested a man on a charge of fourth-degree assault after a resident reported being struck in the chest in the 1200 block of North East Road. The victim told police that he was walking his dog when two dogs came from a nearby home and began barking at him. The homeowner reportedly shoved the victim, Asmus said. Red marks were observed on the victim, Asmus said.

A man reported being hit with a 2-by-6 wood board in the 19000 block of East Maxwell Avenue the evening of Aug. 22. The man had obvious injuries on his wrist and forearm, Asmus said. He told police he was waiting for a friend when he was attacked by the homeowner his friend was there to see. The homeowner’s wife told police that her husband wanted the man off his property and she wanted him charged with trespassing, Asmus said.

Police arrested a 16-year-old Newman Lake girl wanted on a warrant on Aug. 19. Police were investigating reports of a homeless camp near Liberty Lake Road and Settler Drive. Officers found four juveniles who were smoking cigarettes, Asmus said. A marijuana pipe was also found at the scene. The girl was booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center. The other juveniles were released to their parents.

An officer spotted a car with no headlights on being driven south on Fairway Road at 1:20 a.m. on Aug. 21. The driver told the officer that he’d had some alcohol and smoked some marijuana earlier, Asmus said, but the driver passed field sobriety tests. He was, however, arrested for possession of marijuana under age 21 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel crashed and took out 20 feet of guardrail near Appleway Avenue and North Spokane Bridge Road the evening of Aug. 20. The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license and second-degree negligent driving.

A resident in the 20000 block of East Indiana Avenue reported the theft of $1,000 worth of various metal items on Aug. 22. The same day, a check was reported stolen from a mailbox in the 21000 block of East Country Vista Drive.

During the week officers made six additional arrests for driving with a suspended license and one for driving under the influence. They handed out two citations for expired vehicle registration, four for failure to provide proof of liability insurance and five for speeding. Additional citations were given for expired license in possession/displayed, no stop lights or turn signal and following too close.

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