Suspect Resists Arrest after Foot Pursuit, Drugs Found
Spokane Valley Deputies arrested 33-year-old Cody D. Paine for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest after he ran from deputies Tuesday evening.
On December 6, 2016, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Deputy Krystal Bitzer and Deputy Louis Acosta were in the area of 1st Avenue and Dearborn in Spokane Valley as a two person patrol team.
Deputy Bitzer observed a male wearing a grey sweatshirt and blue jeans walking in the middle of the roadway as they turned onto Dearborn. They activated their emergency lights and stopped to contact the male, later identified as Paine, for the unsafe pedestrian violation. Deputy Bitzer told Paine to step over in front of the patrol car but Paine did not follow the command and asked what he did wrong. Deputy Bitzer told him again to move out of the roadway and stand in front of the patrol car where she would explain, but Paine did not comply.
Suddenly, Paine turned and began running toward Sprague. The deputies ordered Paine to stop as they gave chase. During the foot pursuit, Paine was observed reaching into his pockets several times, as well as throwing some items on the ground. Not knowing if Paine was armed, deputies used caution as Paine ran behind a building on the north side of Sprague, onto the railroad tracks, and out of sight.
Deputy Acosta located Paine a few seconds later standing with one hand in the air and talking on his cell phone. Paine went to his knees and continued to talk on his phone, ignoring commands to lie on the ground and show his hands. Both deputies approached to take Paine into custody after he finally dropped down to him stomach. As they began to place him in handcuffs, Paine began to tense up, started pushing against the deputies, and tried to stand up. After Paine ignored several commands to stop resisting, Deputy Acosta applied a knee strike to Paine’s left side to gain compliance but it appeared to have no effect. Paine was able to get one arm free and now had it under his body as he continued to struggle and resist. Not knowing Paine’s intentions or if he had a weapon, two additional strikes were applied before Paine was taken into custody with the assistance of additional arriving deputies.
Deputies retraced the route of the foot pursuit and located several pieces and small baggies containing a white crystallized substance on the ground. The substance was later field tested and showed a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine.
Paine refused to answer any questions before he was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and Resisting Arrest.