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Intoxicated Man Gets Wish

Posted 10/14/2013 3:41 PM by MDGREGORY

On Sunday, October 13th, 2013, at 4:15 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Dale Wells responded to a suspicious person call at 717 N. McDonald Road. Deputy Wells contacted 48-year-old Bernell Henderson at the apartment complex. Henderson was extremely intoxicated and told Deputy Wells he was out looking for his vehicle. Several hours earlier, Henderson was contacted by deputies because he was threatening to drive his vehicle. He made the intelligent decision not to and was given a courtesy ride to his residence. The keys to the vehicle were left with his sober girlfriend.

Henderson and his girlfriend left his house in an attempt to locate his vehicle. Henderson's girlfriend refused to give him the keys until he was sober. This angered Henderson to the point he requested deputies take custody of his car keys.

Deputy Wells had allowed Henderson to sit in the back seat of his patrol vehicle due to his high level of intoxication. The back door was open the entire time. When told his keys were safe with his sober girlfriend, Henderson told Deputy Wells he would only exit the vehicle when his girlfriend did not have the keys. Deputy Wells explained to Henderson that if he refused to exit his patrol vehicle he would be arrested. Deputy Wells spent several minutes trying to explain he was not available for other calls with Henderson in his vehicle.

Henderson told Deputy Wells he wanted to go to jail, that he was not going to exit the vehicle and said "arrest me". Henderson's request was granted and he was placed under arrest for Obstructing a Public Servant.

While en route to jail, Henderson told Deputy Wells that when he was released from jail he was going to go kill his girlfriend. Henderson was charged with the additional, felony crime of Harassment (Threat to Kill).

• Henderson was booked into Spokane County Jail for the felony Harassment charge and misdemeanor Obstructing charge.