Power to sections of downtown Spokane was turned off at around noon Monday after police say a man climbed through a street grate and would not come back out.
Spokane Police Department spokesman John O’Brien said a witness flagged down an officer after they saw Casey D. Thompson, 22, in a street grate. He said police tried to negotiate with Thompson, but he did not respond to commands. Officers could not safely remove Thompson from the underground area due to the high-voltage equipment and confined space. Avista Utilities shut down power from Post to Division streets and Riverside to Third avenues so officers could remove him.
He said Thompson was not injured and was booked into the Spokane County Jail for on a charge of malicious mischief. Power was restored to the downtown area after about 10 minutes.
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