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Suspect says meth pipe was "gardening tool"
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Suspect says meth pipe was "gardening tool"

News release issued by Spokane Valley Police Department: 

On March 18th, 2014, at about 10:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Spitzer responded to Fred Meyers at Sprague and Sullivan on a suspicious person call.  Deputy Spitzer watched a male ride his bicycle up to a vehicle parked on the south side of the store and contact the male driver.  Deputy Spitzer watched as the driver of the vehicle, later identified as 22-year-old Christopher Dahlman, hand something to the male on the bike.  Deputy Spitzer attempted to contact Dahlman as he walked away from his vehicle.   Deputy Spitzer announced himself as a police officer and ordered Dahlman to stop.  Dahlman ran into the store.


Employees inside the store said Dahlman ran out the emergency doors on the northeast side of the building.  Other responding deputies located Dahlman hiding under shopping carts outside the store.  Deputy Spitzer contacted Dahlman and told him he was under arrest for Obstructing.  Dahlman told Deputy Spitzer he ran because he thought he had a warrant.


Deputy Clay Hilton contacted Deputy Spitzer and told him he located a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine on the driver’s seat of Dahlman’s vehicle.  Dahlman told Deputy Spitzer it belonged to his girlfriend and that she uses it for gardening.  Residue later field tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.


Dahlman was booked into jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Obstructing.

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