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Liberty Lake Police want to tweak golf cart rules

The Liberty Lake Police Department is seeking updates to the town’s golf cart ordinance after several incidents where people were injured. The city council will get its first look at the new proposal Tuesday.

Last year a golf cart drove through a fence, a child fell out of a moving golf cart and a golf cart flipped over, injuring several teens, said Police Chief Brian Asmus.

“The safety of the public is the primary reason for the changes,” Asmus said.

Golf cars are allowed to be driven on sidewalks and pathways inside the Liberty Lake city limits. The changes would add requirements that people register the carts with the city, provide proof of insurance for the golf cart and that golf carts yield to pedestrians, cars and bicyclists.

Currently drivers must be at least 16 years old, but the new ordinance would add the requirement that only a licensed driver can operate a golf cart on city sidewalks, Asmus said. Drivers would also be banned from towing or pulling people with a golf cart.

On Feb. 28 police responded to a call from a resident who reported that three juveniles in a golf cart tried to run her over near Country Vista Drive and Molter Road. Officers could not locate the golf cart, Asmus said.

Other calls from

Feb. 29 to March 7

Feb. 29: A resident called police to report finding numerous personal and business checks in a home that she had recently moved into. An investigation determined that the previous resident had been fired from her job after being accused of embezzlement.

March 1: A road rage incident was reported at Liberty Lake Road and Settler Drive. One man armed himself with a bat and the other had an unloaded gun. The man armed with the gun told police that if it had been loaded, he would have shot the other driver.

March 4: Someone reported the theft of $240 in cash from a locker at an athletic club in the 23400 block of East Mission Avenue.

March 6: Bryce McGrotha was arrested at a home on Chief Garry Drive on multiple warrants, including charges of burglary, domestic violence malicious mischief and violation of a protection order.

Arrests: Police made one arrest for driving with a suspended license.

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