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Vehicle Prowler Assaults Himself

Posted 6/11/2013 11:02 AM by MDGREGORY

On June 11, 2013, at 2:30 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies Joe Bodman and Clay Hilton responded to a vehicle prowling call near the 9800 block of East 4th Ave. in Spokane Valley. While deputies were en route, the complainant told dispatch he caught the suspect, later identified as 35-year-old Timothy Nelson, inside his vehicle and that he was now walking west on 4th towards Dishman Mica. The complainant said when he confronted Nelson he told him he was looking for cigarettes. It was later determined Nelson had been inside several vehicles in the same location.

Once in the area, Deputy Bodman and Deputy Hilton located Nelson near 7th and Dishman Mica. When Deputy Hilton contacted Nelson it was obvious Nelson was intoxicated and saw Nelson had both fists clinched as if he were holding on to something.

Deputy Hilton asked Nelson to show him what was in his hands and Nelson refused. Nelson then began looking around in what appeared to be and attempt to locate an escape route. Due to Nelson matching the description the complainant provided to dispatch, Deputy Hilton took hold of his left wrist in an attempt to detain him while investigating the vehicle prowling. Nelson tried to pull away from Deputy Hilton and said "I don't want to go to jail".

Deputy Bodman took hold of Nelson's right wrist and Nelson continued to refuse the deputies orders to stop resisting. Due to Nelson failing to follow the deputies' lawful order, Deputy Hilton told Nelson he was under arrest for Obstructing and escorted him to the ground. Once the deputies were able to place handcuffs on Nelson's wrists, Nelson yelled something similar to, "all you cops do is grind people's faces in the pavement". Nelson started to scrape his face from side to side on the sidewalk, self-inflicting a small laceration on his forehead. Nelson was also advised he was under arrest for Resisting Arrest.

• Nelson was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charges of Obstructing and Resisting Arrest.
• Nelson was also booked on an outstanding warrant for Vehicle Prowling.