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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Soap Lake reserve and K-9 officer arrested

Franklin County deputy finds patrol vehicle in ditch along U.S. 395


Last updated 2/19/2021 at 12:58pm

SOAP LAKE – A local reserve and K-9 police officer remains in the Franklin County Jail today after a drunken driving-related arrest last night, Feb. 18, north of Pasco.

Reserve and K-9 Officer Shane Jones, 49, was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. after his marked patrol car was found in a ditch along U.S. Highway 395 north of Pasco. He was booked into the Franklin County Jail at 11:50 p.m.

Records show Jones is being held on possible charges of first-degree assault, hit and run-attended vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, DUI and failure to equip vehicle with ignition interlock.

According to a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office report, a deputy patrolling the highway spotted a marked Soap Lake K-9 patrol car in a ditch and stopped to check on the driver.

When the deputy detained Jones for a possible DUI, the reserve officer resisted arrest, the report said. Jones' K-9 partner was inside the vehicle.

The deputy — whose name has yet to be released — had to use force to take Jones into custody, the report said, noting the reserve officer was “pushing a remote and was thought to be attempting to release his dog from the vehicle to come help him.”

While the Franklin County Sheriff's Office is handling the DUI case, the Washington State Patrol is handling the alleged hit-and-run investigation, stemming from an event earlier in the day, the report said.

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Roger Harnack, Publisher

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Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.


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