Police led in vehicle, foot pursuits

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A response to a fight in progress early Sunday morning at the Bricker Apartments in Hayden resulted in vehicle and foot pursuits.

No arrests were made, but police have names and addresses of suspects involved and are considering charges such as reckless driving, obstruction of a peace officer, eluding and underage drinking, said Hayden Police Officer Ed Corriveau.

At 12:09 a.m. Sunday, a neighbor at the apartments on 339 West Lincoln Ave. reported a fight in progress, to which Corriveau and Hayden Police Officer Carla Lighthizer responded.

As the officers approached the apartment building, about a dozen teenagers ran from the building.

Corriveau began running after a couple of the teens, but lost them in the dark.

Meanwhile, Lighthizer tried to contact two people in a vehicle. They took off, and she drove after them.

At the 100 block of North Third Street, the people jumped out of the vehicle and started running. Lighthizer ran after them, but could not catch them. Their vehicle was impounded.

Corriveau said the severity of the incident is unknown at this point, but that running from police is never a good sign.

"Obviously, they've got something to hide," he said.

Officers are investigating the case and plan to interview people who were at the party and find out what was happening. Corriveau said he guessed underage drinking was involved, and possibly use of illegal drugs.

The charges police are considering likely will not include felony charges, he said.

However, he also plans to find out about what sort of fight was going on and whether there were any injuries involved. That aspect could lead to charges of assault, he said.

Arrests could be made in the coming days.

Hayden police officers also are looking into damage to a door of the Highway Bar that opens into an alley. The damage was reported at 10:14 a.m. Saturday and could be a sign of an attempted burglary. Police also are looking into the theft of four guns from a locked gun cabinet at a residence on the 300 block of South Second Street. Corriveau said both cases were under investigation and did not have details.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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