By Chewelah Police Chief Mark Burrows
Sunday morning, just after midnight, an officer noticed a speeding vehicle. Radar indicated it was moving at 35 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h. zone. The officer began to follow the suspect vehicle and it began picking up speed and sliding around corners. The suspect vehicle turned down a dead end street and, upon reaching the end,the passenger bailed and ran into the darkness. The driver was arrested for Attempting to Elude and DUI. Thanks, once again, to the Washington State Patrol for assisting with the DUI arrest!
The P.D. handled about sixty calls during the week of June 5—11. Twenty-eight of the calls were related to traffic enforcement in town; a few assist calls to other agencies; a civil paper service; and an officer helped resolve a situation involving stray dogs. An officer responded to a domestic disturbance; an abandoned vehicle; an harassment complaint at a retirement facility; and an officer ticketed a citizen for allowing his dog to run. An officer checked on an abandoned vehicle near a business and couldn’t help but notice a pistol on the dash…the pistol was secured for safe keeping. An officer assisted the S.O south of town; someone reported that a dog barks all the time near Robert and 2nd St. W.; an assist to CPS; a suspicious person; dogs…; a 0100 hr area check; another assist or two to the S.O.; an assist to WSP; a warrant arrest; and a health provider requested a welfare check on a retired person. As it turned out, the person was taking a nap and wearing headphones. A possible suicide attempt was investigated; an incomplete 911 call; a citizen reported hearing yelling after 2200 hrs; a welfare check on a young hitchhiker; and an officer stopped a couple cows for excessive lane travel. A citizen called 911 after a friend exhibited breathing problems; and an officer responded with deputies to a protection order violation south of town. A citizen reported that a man entered his residence with a chain and struck him with it. The suspect wasn’t a stranger to the victim but he’d already been told to stay out of the house. The suspect was booked into jail for burglary and assault. Thank you very much for your support, we’ll see you on the street.