KENNEWICK -- A 20-year-old Kennewick man was sentenced to five months in jail for breaking into the Richland Police Department's secured parking lot and trying to steal a car to boost his reputation with gang members.
Jeshua D. Dusek vandalized several patrol cars and, once arrested, made false claims about an accomplice and a drug deal.
This week, he was ordered by Judge Robert Swisher to pay $1,813 to the department to cover damages to the police cruisers.
Dusek pleaded guilty Feb. 17 in Benton County Superior Court to fourth-degree assault, second-degree burglary, second-degree malicious mischief, resisting arrest and obstructing.
It started early Jan. 16 when Dusek, who was temporarily staying at a Richland apartment, made statements to the other residents that the police were coming to shoot them. When Michael Bostic told him to leave, Dusek refused, punched Bostic in the face and pulled out a knife, court documents said.
Dusek eventually left the apartment around 7:30 a.m.
Two hours later, Sgt. Darryl Judge had pulled into the police station's fenced lot and parked his car when he noticed a door was open to one of the unmarked patrol vehicles. The department's lot at 871 George Washington Way is attached to the station and can only be accessed through a security gate or the building.
After finding the rear window of that car was shattered, Judge saw Dusek getting out of the driver's seat of another unmarked car, documents said. Dusek was carrying a flashlight.
Judge gave repeated commands to Dusek to show his hands, but he didn't respond and ducked down behind another police car.
Judge, who didn't know if Dusek was armed, then took protective cover while waiting for other officers to arrive.
Officer Jon Ladines also saw the suspect hiding behind a car and ordered him to drop to the ground, but Dusek still refused to comply and pulled away when the officer grabbed his wrist, court documents said. Ladines then got the suspect down, but Dusek continued to struggle and ignored commands.
Judge and Officer Rod Matheny stepped in to help Ladines as Dusek kept resisting, even after being stunned with a Taser gun, documents said. The officers eventually placed Dusek in leg restraints.
The investigation revealed that Dusek had climbed over a concrete wall into the secure lot. In addition to broken windows in two police cars, several other vehicles were scuffed from Dusek's "attempts to break the windows with the flashlight," court documents said.
After his arrest, Dusek talked to police and gave "two written statements under penalty of perjury about a co-defendant and a drug deal," documents said.
The obstruction charge is because Cpl. Erik Lundquist and Officer David Clark then went to several locations to follow up on Dusek's claims and discovered they were false. Dusek later admitted he had lied in his written statements.
Dusek told officers he "intended to steal a patrol vehicle to drive to a party and impress gang members," documents said. He reportedly told them that if he had found a gun in one of the vehicles, he would have used it against the officers.
Man faces trial for vehicular assault, hit-and-run
BENTON CITY -- A Benton City man faces trial May 9 for allegedly crashing his pickup on the drive home from a bar and leaving behind his injured passenger.
John Douglas Engelke, 40, pleaded innocent to vehicular assault and hit-and-run with injury.
Prosecutors allege that Engelke was under the influence early Feb. 5 when driving home from a Prosser bar.
Engelke crashed his Dodge pickup truck at 12:35 a.m. on River Road, near Pendelton Road in Benton City, when he drove into an embankment, court documents said.
Engelke allegedly fled the scene, abandoning passenger Nicholas Thompson. When Benton County sheriff's deputies arrived, Thompson identified Engelke as the driver.
Deputies tracked his cell phone and found him hiding in a pasture about 60 feet off the road, court documents said. Engelke, whose head hit the windshield during the crash, was staggering and slurring his speech, documents said. He was treated for his injuries, then arrested.
Thompson suffered a broken leg and other injuries.
Engelke has been ordered not to drink alcohol or drive to places where liquor is served while this case is pending. He has posted bond on $25,000 bail.