Over the past month the Snoqualmie Police Department has been using social media to keep the public updated on some of its bigger cases/arrests. Here is a recap on some of those incidents from the past week:
On December 6th officers contacted a vehicle parked illegally in a handicapped space at Snoqualmie Point Park and discovered a male in driver’s seat with a loaded syringe, other drug paraphernalia and a firearm near his foot in plain sight.
Additional officers responded. During the on-scene investigation it was discovered that the driver was violating a Brady provision, which made it illegal for him to possess a firearm because of a protective order against him. The man also had a felony warrant for his arrest out of Pierce County. He was arrested for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the felony warrant.
A search warrant for the car determined it had been stolen in Pierce County also led to the confiscation of two additional syringes loaded with what officers believed to be heroin.
On December 10th, SPD warned residents via social media that there would be conducting targeted traffic emphasis patrols looking “for those choosing to disregard other community members on the roadway by speeding, improper cell phone use, or other violations of the traffic code.”
Later that afternoon it was reported that during the course of those four-hour emphasis patrols, over 15 tickets were issued for school zone speeding; distracted driving (cell phone use); and other traffic infractions. The patrols also led to three arrests for possession of heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
On December 11th SPD reported that during the previous week Washington State Patrol Troopers and a drug-sniffing canine conducted a traffic stop in North Bend where it was discovered the driver had several arrest warrants and was in possession of methamphetamine and heroin. Snoqualmie police officers assisted with the stop.
Information learned from that traffic stop lead WSP troopers and North Bend officers to a room at the North Bend Motel on December 8th where they interviewed several people inside. A search warrant for the room resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, heroin, drug paraphernalia, scales, illegal brass knuckles, drug packaging materials and pay/owe ledgers. An unknown powder was also seized and will be sent to the WSP Crime Lab for testing.
SPD said it was “obvious that drugs were being sold out of that room into the local community” and that “while serving the warrant, the manager of the motel was less than cooperative with Troopers and Officers.”
On December 14th, a caller reported 911 a hit and run of an attended vehicle in North Bend, with the suspected driving fleeing the scene driving recklessly toward his home in unincorporated King County. SPD said he was arrested as he tried to flee from officers and get inside his house. He was booked into jail for Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, Resisting Arrest and also cited for driving without insurance.
Shortly afterward, a traffic stop was made in downtown North Bend. During that investigation, the female driver was found to have five active warrants for her arrest and a suspended license. SPD said as the investigation continued, it was determined that her male passenger also had an active warrant for his arrest. The vehicle was impounded while officers wait for a search warrant. The male and female were arrested on their outstanding warrants and booked into local jails.
During December the Snoqualmie Police Department will also be conducting extra DUI emphasis patrols in partnership with other law enforcement agencies including Issaquah PD. According to SPD, in 2017 there were over 40,000 people killed in traffic crashes, 555 of those were in Washington.