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Contact for Minor Violation Delivers Felony Charges

An observant Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy contacted the driver of a parked vehicle for minor license plate violations. During the contact and subsequent investigation which followed, the two occupants of the vehicle were arrested and methamphetamine, pills and cash were seized.

On June 11, 2018, just after 9:00 p.m., Deputy Brad Humphrey observed a green Buick parked in the parking lot of the Airway Heights Walmart. After learning the license plates were expired and the tabs were improperly displayed, he parked his patrol car and contacted the female driver, later identified as 35-year-old Sara A. McGee.

McGee voluntarily identified herself and said she was in the process of purchasing the vehicle. Deputy Humphrey spoke to her about the violations and ended the contact. Once back in his patrol vehicle, he checked McGee’s name and learned there was a misdemeanor warrant (Trespass) for her arrest.

Deputy Humphrey re-contacted McGee, who had already walked from the vehicle into Walmart, and advised her she was being detained and later arrested after the warrant was confirmed as valid. McGee asked to have her friend, 23-year-old Anthony L. Hains, take possession of the vehicle. Deputy Humphrey was unable to locate Haines inside the store and returned to the Buick where he found Hains sitting in the passenger’s seat.

He contacted Hains and began to advise him of McGee’s arrest. Deputy Humphrey noticed a black glasses case in Hains’ sweatshirt pocket. The case was partially open exposing numerous small plastic baggies. When asked, Hains voluntarily opened the case, which held numerous plastic baggies and a purple bag closed with a drawstring. When Hains opened the purple bag, numerous rectangular pills fell out.

Believing the pills were possibly Xanax, he asked Hains to exit the vehicle and detained him. After being advised of his rights, Hains explained McGee gave him the case and he didn’t know what was inside.

McGee, advised of her rights, denied giving the case to Hains, as well as having any knowledge of the pills inside. She also denied any knowledge of anything illegal in the vehicle and would not consent to a search of the vehicle.

During a consensual search of Hains, Deputy Humphrey located a baggie containing a white crystalized substance believed to be Methamphetamine. The substance was field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for Methamphetamine.

Hains (possession of a controlled substance) and McGee (misd. warrant) were transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail by assisting Deputy Chris Giacomini while Deputy Humphrey applied for, and was granted, a search warrant.

The pills were later determined to be counterfeit and showed a presumptive positive field test result for methamphetamine. Additional amounts of methamphetamine, $155, and paraphernalia were recovered from the vehicle.

Hains’ charge was amended to Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

McGee had already been released on her own recognizance for the misdemeanor warrant but a charge for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver was requested.

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The Spokane Police Department Major Crimes Unit (MCU) was called out to investigate a serious injury crash tonight at Northwest Blvd. and Cannon. Northwest Blvd. was closed for about 2 and a half hours but has now reopened. One teenage male was transported to an area hospital for life-threatening injuries.

Tonight, June 16, 2018, at approximately 9:15pm, emergency crews responded to the report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash at Northwest Blvd. and Cannon. It was immediately clear the teen male pedestrian had sustained serious injuries, so he was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and was completely cooperative with officers. No one else was injured during the crash.

Based on statements at the scene, it appears the driver was westbound on Northwest Blvd. and the pedestrian was crossing northbound at Cannon. Because of the nature of the injuries, the MCU Crash Investigators were called out and Northwest Blvd. was closed in both directions for over 2 hours. A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) from Washington State Patrol also assisted in the investigation.

Preliminarily, it does not appear either speed or impairment were factors in the collision. Investigators will continue to process evidence and witness statements to determine what, if any, charges are necessary. Anyone who witnessed the collision who has not spoken to investigators is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

With warm weather upon us, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are out on the roads again. The 20mph Park Zone signs are reinstalled all over the City of Spokane. Drivers are urged to pay extra attention as they travel, especially during the hours of darkness. Don’t forget; Look left, look right, and look left again! Pedestrians and those on other wheeled transport should wear bright, preferably reflective, clothing that also protects them in the event of a crash. Let’s all work together to keep our roads safe this summer.