RICHLAND - A 27-year-old Richland man who had been heavily drinking was arrested early Saturday for allegedly assaulting a woman and preventing her from leaving, police said.
Officers responded to a home in the 1100 block of Wright Avenue at 4:30 a.m. after getting a call about a man and woman fighting with the woman screaming loudly, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb.
When officers arrived, they saw the 22-year-old woman near the driveway backing up and screaming as Stefan Jones, 27, walked toward her, Cobb said.
Jones puffed his chest out and assumed a fighting stance when he saw police, Cobb said.
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Jones, who was slurring his words and had bloodshot and watery eyes, eventually was handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car because he kept interfering with the investigation, Cobb said.
Jones kicked and fought with officers when they tried to put him in the cruiser, then repeatedly hit his head against the Plexiglas screen in the back of the car.
The woman told police she and Jones had been arguing for several hours, and he prevented her from leaving the home when she tried to go outside, Cobb said.
Jones reportedly grabbed the woman's arm, and when she broke free, he grabbed her by the neck and squeezed, Cobb said.
The woman said she got into her car, but Jones got in the passenger side and kept her from leaving for about 20 minutes, Cobb said.
Jones was arrested, but due to his intoxication, he was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
At the hospital, he became combative and had to be restrained by several officers, Cobb said.
Jones then was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment, obstructing police and resisting arrest.
Woman arrested after driving car into river
RICHLAND -- A 46-year-old Richland woman escaped serious injury after driving her car into the Columbia River in an apparent suicide attempt Friday night, police said.
Witnesses said they saw the woman in a 1996 red Chevrolet Cavalier enter the water at a high rate of speed, Kennewick police said.
As the car drifted downstream, the woman got out and swam to shore.
The woman, who was found to be under the influence of alcohol with a blood-alcohol level of twice the legal 0.08 limit, was taken to Kennewick General Hospital then booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of DUI, police said.
Columbia Basin Dive Rescue members were unable to find the car Friday night, but returned to the river Saturday and found it.
Kennewick man found with hydrocodone pill
KENNEWICK - A 25-year-old Kennewick man was jailed Saturday after being found with a hydrocodone pill and making threats against the officer who arrested him, police said.
Kyle Bassette was stopped by Kennewick officers who were responding to a disturbance in the 3000 block of West Fourth Avenue.
Officers learned he had a suspended license and wasn't supposed to be driving and also had a warrant out for his arrest, police and court documents said.
Bassette was found with a single loose hydrocodone pill in his pocket, documents said.
He also started threatening the officer who stopped him, including making several comments being in the Army and knowing how to use a gun, document said.
Bassette also told the officer, "when I get out, a bullet will find you," threatened to harm the officer's family, and said "you'll get what's coming to you," documents said.
Bassette is being held in the Benton County jail after a District Court judge found cause to hold him for investigation of felony harassment -- threats to kill an officer, and possession of a controlled substance.
Prosser police seeking suspects after shots fired
Prosser police said shots were fired at the American Legion Hall early Sunday after an altercation, but they have no suspects because of uncooperative witnesses.
Officers went to the hall, 902 Seventh St., early Sunday after getting a complaint about loud music, police said.
Just minutes after clearing the call, around 12:30 a.m., multiple shots were reported being fired at the scene.
Prosser police, with help from neighboring agencies, surrounded the area and confirmed shots had been fired. They did not say how many shots were fired during the fight but did say witnesses weren't helping with the investigation.
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