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Liberty Lake officer kicked, suspect jailed

Sat., July 12, 2014, midnight

A suspect may have placed a couple of well-aimed kicks on a Liberty Lake Police officer recently, but the effort netted him a felony charge and a trip to the Spokane County Jail.

The officer was on patrol shortly after 11 p.m. July 7 when he spotted a white Chevrolet pickup speeding in the area of Appleway Avenue and Spokane Bridge Road. The truck missed a turn, hit a tree and crashed through a fence surrounding a Spokane County dog park, according to court documents. The officer was arresting the driver, identified as Jeffrey B. McClure, 28, for driving under the influence when McClure reportedly began to resist and become verbally abusive.

While the officer was putting McClure in the patrol car, McClure allegedly fought the officer and kicked him twice in the groin, court documents say. After being physically removed from the car at the jail McClure was booked for third-degree assault on a law enforcement officers, driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

Other calls from

June 30 to July 7

June 30: A vehicle theft was reported in the 22000 block of East Country Vista Drive.

July 1: A child who spilled juice on the carpet sparked an argument between two adults in the 21000 block of East Rockrose Lane.

July 2: A camper was reported stolen in the 19000 block of East Cataldo Avenue.

A resident in the 19000 block of East Maxwell Avenue reported that someone had tried to steal siding from her home. Pry marks were visible.

July 3: A resident in the 22000 block of East County Vista Drive reported at 2:21 a.m. that someone was knocking on his door asking for someone who didn’t live there. The man was intoxicated and told the officer that he was looking for his sister’s apartment.

A bike was reported stolen from Liberty Lake Elementary School in the 23000 block of East Boone Avenue.

A resident in the 22000 block of East County Vista Drive reported that someone had stolen her flag and flag pole from her yard.

A planter was reported stolen in the 1800 block of North Aladdin Road.

July 6: A man reported a new backpack containing several items was stolen from his car near Harvard Road and Indiana. He later called police to say that two women had called him to report finding his backpack in a dumpster at the Spokane Valley Mall. Several items were missing, including a debit card.

Arrests: Police made three arrests for driving under the influence, one for driving with a suspended license, two for violation of a protection order, one for reckless driving and one for physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Citations: Officers handed out four citations for speeding. Additional citations were given for parking on a bike path, failure to show proof of liability insurance, defective muffler, improper lane usage and driving with wheels off the roadway.

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