Police Blotter | Erratic Driver; Traffic Offense by Traveler; Suspicious Vehicle & Crack

December 11, 2023

While on routine patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle driving erratically. The officer checked the vehicle’s license plate, which showed that the registered owner had a suspended/revoked license in the third degree. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the male driver.

The driver began acting aggressively and had multiple weapons in the car, so officers had the subject step out and detained him. After confirming the driver as the registered owner, officers cited the driver for Driving With a License Suspended in the 3rd Degree and not having insurance.   

December 11, 2023

While on routine patrol, an officer noticed a suspicious vehicle. The officer contacted the driver of the vehicle as well as the passenger. Officers learned that the passenger had multiple warrants out of Issaquah and placed the passenger under arrest. The passenger was searched and transported to Issaquah City Jail.

December 11, 2023

While on routine patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle without license plates. The officer conducted a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver stated that he did not have license plates but that he was exempt from federal and state laws because he was a “traveler.” The driver referred to the United States as an incorporation and said that he wished to be a free citizen.

Officers checked the driver’s identification, and he was cited for Operating a Vehicle Without a Valid Title, Driving With a Suspended License in the Third Degree, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance. The driver was advised not to drive the vehicle but observed it again a short while later. Officers had the vehicle impounded and transported the driver to a relative’s residence.  

December 12, 2023

While on routine patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle without license plates. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the male driver and female passenger. The officer identified both subjects and checked the vehicle’s VIN with dispatch. The vehicle came back as stolen from Pierce County, so officers detained both subjects. The male came back with a warrant for Theft in the Third Degree out of Issaquah.

The male suspect stated that he had also swallowed crack cocaine prior to the stop, so officers transported him to the hospital for evaluation. After evaluation, the male suspect was booked into Issaquah City Jail. Other officers continued speaking with the female suspect, who claimed she purchased the vehicle. She was able to provide documentation of a sale, but the vehicle’s previous owner denied selling the vehicle. Officers had the vehicle impounded pending further investigation.

December 12, 2023

Dispatch alerted officers to a vehicle with two male suspects passed out in a vehicle that was listed as stolen. Officers located the vehicle at a North Bend Starbucks and placed tire flattening devices near the tires when they reached the vehicle. Officers woke the male suspects and ordered them out of the vehicle, but the suspects started the vehicle and backed out, popping multiple tires. The vehicle continued to drive away, attempting to elude police custody. Officers deployed spike strips, but the vehicle swerved off the road to avoid them.

An officer who was following successfully executed a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver and took the male suspects into custody. Officers noticed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, and the driver appeared intoxicated. The driver was charged with Driving Under the Influence, Driving With a Suspended License in the Second Degree, Failure to Obey a Police Officer, Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, and Vehicle Trespass.  The passenger was charged with Vehicle Trespass and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both suspects were booked into Issaquah City Jail.  

December 13, 2023

Officers responded to a call regarding a male subject requiring help at Reclaim (Snoqualmie Valley Shelter). Officers arrived on the scene and spoke with the male subject, who stated that he needed help. Officers continued to speak with the subject, who agreed to be voluntarily transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. Snoqualmie’s mental health professional was also given information to conduct a follow-up later. 

December 15, 2023

Dispatch notified officers that an older male followed a citizen and that the citizen was concerned about the male subject, who seemed confused and lost. Officers located the subject at the North Bend Library and spoke with him. Officers asked if the subject knew how to get home, but the subject stated that he did not know the area well enough. Officers offered to guide him home, to which he agreed.

Officers escorted the subject to his residence and noted that the subject could drive safely. Officers asked if the subject would like to speak to a mental health professional, and the subject agreed. Officers coordinated a later time for a mental health professional to speak to the subject and will be conducting additional welfare checks in the future to ensure the subject’s safety.  

December 16, 2023

Dispatch notified officers of a report that someone saw a U-Haul van driving back and forth along the elk fields with two males and that a third male was taking pictures in a ditch. This area has seen a high volume of fiber optic cabling theft, and officers arrived on the scene to try and locate the van. Officers quickly located a van matching the initial description and conducted a stop.

On the approach of the vehicle, the officer saw a large amount of cut cable in the back of the van. The officer spoke with two male suspects and had them detained while a Comcast security representative and two other employees came out. They estimated damage to be between $500,000 and $1,000,000 and that the cable belonged to both Comcast and Lumen. The two male suspects were charged with Theft in the First Degree and Malicious Mischief in the 1st Degree and were transported to King County Jail. The vehicle was impounded, and the investigation is still ongoing. 

December 17, 2023

Officers were dispatched to a theft in progress at Bartell Drugs on Snoqualmie Parkway. An officer arrived on the scene and was able to locate a suspect who matched the provided description. The officer detained the female suspect, who admitted to stealing multiple items. She was charged with Theft in the Third Degree and was trespassed from the store for two years.

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