On 03/10/18 at 5:30 PM a Douglas County Deputy was on routine patrol near Rock Island, WA. He observed a vehicle parked at the end of a dead end road. There were two persons inside, a male and a female. The Deputy initiated a social contact. As soon as he approached the car, he could still smell the strong odor of marijuana inside the vehicle. He also noticed what appeared to be a marijuana pipe and a lighter in the female’s hand.
The Deputy told the occupants that it was illegal to use marijuana in public. He asked the female for her identification. She said she had none, but told him a name. The Deputy also noted she was making attempts to hide her face. The Deputy went back to his car and searched the name given by the female. Her photo appeared on his patrol car computer, and he could see the woman in the car was not the person she claimed to be.
He went back to the car, told the woman he had reason to believe she lied to him, and asked her to step out of the vehicle. She refused. He told her several times to exit the vehicle. She continued to refuse. The Deputy attempted pull her from the car by her wrist. She pulled away and began to resist, hitting the Deputy several times in the chest. He finally pulled her from the vehicle and, after some continued struggle, was able to handcuff her.
Further investigation identified the suspect as 23 year old Alex Zufall of East Wenatchee. The Deputy also discovered a white crystalline substance he suspected to be methamphetamine and items which appeared to be drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s purse. Finally, the Deputy learned the woman had a misdemeanor warrant for her arrest.
There were no injuries in the altercation and the suspect was transported to the Chelan County Jail without further incident. She was booked for the warrant, possession of methamphetamine, resisting arrest, and giving false information to a law enforcement officer.
This example of police work is a great example of proactive patrol, solid investigation, and proper use of force. The Deputy also wrote a nearly flawless report, which I appreciate.
Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal