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Vehicle Prowler Apparently Under The Influence Of PCP

Posted 8/9/2012 8:59 AM by KWESTBERG

On Monday, August 6, 2012, at about 6:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff Deputies J. Kiehn and J. Ebel responded to a vehicle prowling call near the 12200 block of East 1st Ave. The complainant told 911 that a male subject, later identified as 55 year old Michael Faux, was looking inside his vehicle and attempting to open the front door to his residence.

Deputy Kiehn arrived on scene and saw Faux standing under the complainant's carport. When Deputy Kiehn contacted Faux and asked him where he lived, Faux shrugged his shoulders and laughed. Matching the description the complainant provided, Deputy Kiehn placed Faux in handcuffs prior to speaking with the homeowner.

Faux attempted to pull away from Deputy Kiehn while escorting him to his marked patrol vehicle. Deputy Kiehn advised Faux he was under arrest for Obstructing and searched his person incident to arrest. Deputy Kiehn removed a clear plastic baggie from Faux's pants pocket that contained a small piece of paper. Deputy Kiehn recognized this as blotter paper commonly used for LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), a hallucinogenic compound.

Deputy Kiehn field tested the substance and it tested negative for LSD. Deputy Kiehn then field tested the substance for PCP (phencyclidine), another hallucinogenic compound, which had a presumptive positive test.

Deputy Kiehn charged Faux with Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer, Vehicle Prowling 2nd Degree and Possession of a Controlled Substance. While en route to the Spokane County Jail Faux was yelling at passing cars, growling, having a conversation with himself and sweating profusely. Deputy Kiehn advised the jail nurse of Faux possibly having ingested PCP when he arrived at the jail.