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Liberty Lake Blotter: Wrong-way driver arrested, booked into jail

Sat., Feb. 22, 2014

A driver who briefly drove the wrong way on Interstate 90 in Liberty Lake in an attempt to escape police was arrested after he got out of his car and tried flagging down other drivers.

“He was trying to get into other people’s cars,” said police Chief Brian Asmus.

An officer tried to pull the driver over near Appleway Avenue and Rockyhill Road and gave chase when he fled. The officer broke off the pursuit when the driver headed westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-90, Asmus said. People called 911 to report the man was on foot on the freeway and he was picked up by the officer and booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge of eluding police and a felony warrant.

A Liberty Lake officer also participated in a chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting at Sullivan Road and Indiana Avenue the evening of Feb. 11. The officer did not fire his weapon, but a copy of his body camera recording of the incident has been turned over to investigators, Asmus said.

Other incidents from Feb. 10-18

Feb. 10: A resident in the 24000 block of East Alki Lane reported that her credit card was used in Florida for $789 in fraudulent charges.

Feb. 14: A business in the 1200 block of North Liberty Lake Road reported a man inside cursing and being belligerent after his credit card was declined at the register when he was trying to buy flowers just before 10 p.m.

Feb. 15: A resident in the 20000 block of East Baldwin Avenue reported a prowler outside the house. No one was there when an officer arrived. Officers plan to increase patrols in that area.

Sunday: Someone called police to report that a man was camping in the area of Liberty Lake Road and Appleway Avenue. The man told police he was walking to Montana. Officers asked him to leave the area.

Monday: A stolen car was recovered in the 1400 block of North Aladdin Road and a woman was arrested for possession of stolen property.

Arrests: Police made five arrests for driving with a suspended license and one for driving under the influence.

Citations: Officers handed out three citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance, two for defective muffler and two for speeding. Additional citations were given for failure to transfer ownership, expired registration, driving without a license with identification, invalid license in possession/displayed and failure to stop/yield at an intersection.

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