Running engine in car wash stall leads to charges

Alerted by observant bystander

— A man who parked his car in a car wash stall, left the engine running and fell asleep may have roomier, not necessarily nicer accommodations now.

Calvert Raub Anderson was arrested last Tuesday morning on four charges. Five more were added before his preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court Friday.

Anderson ended up in jail because of an observant citizen who called in suspicious circumstances at 107 Washington Ave., the charging narrative stated.

Officer K. Cameron responded to the mid-morning call. He found a gray Hyundai in a car wash stall with the engine running and a man hunched over in the front seat.

In his narrative for the court, it took bit of effort for Cameron to roust the individual. When he did, the narrative states, the man said he was Jason Ewell.

The man was dressed entirely in red, Cameron stated, and Cameron added he had seen the same individual driving the same car about 45 minutes earlier.

According to his narrative, Cameron shook the man’s shoulder until he came to, dazed and disoriented.

There was some struggle, the narrative revealed, including an attempt by the man to drive away and Cameron stopping him by reaching into the car and throwing the transmission into park. Cameron also learned that Ewell was really Anderson, the narrative stated.

As Cameron dealt with the driver, he observed signs of crimes. He secured warrants to take blood from the driver, to remove evidence of DUI and eventually to make a search.

According to the narrative, Anderson was taken in for possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine – with intent to deliver, DUI, third-degree driving while license suspended or revoked and obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Charges added before his appearance were violation of the Offender Accountability Act, driving a motor vehicle without ignition interlock, a second possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and an agency hold.


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