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DEVELOPING: Potential Victims Sought

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: A 36-year-old Spokane man arrested for driving while impaired and drug possession has falsely portrayed himself to at least one woman as a policeman, and may have used a prescription drug to render another woman unconscious.

Sheriff's Detective Kirk Keyser would like to hear from anyone who has had recent contact with Terence Maurice Washington, a 36-year-old black male who is 5'09" tall and weighs 150 pounds.

On February 7th, Washington was the driver who rear-ended another motorist at Sixteenth and Progress about 10:30 p.m. The victim driver said he thought Washington was intoxicated.

Spokane Valley Police Officer Juan Rodriguez interviewed Washington. As he attempted to determine to what degree he was impaired, Washington demanded to be taken to jail because he was "drunk."

Rodriguez arrested the suspect for Driving while Under the Influence of Alcohol and for driving on a suspended Florida driver's license.  He drove him to jail.

In the interim, Corporal Shannon McCrillis had contacted the registered owner of the Mitsubishi at her home and learned that Washington had been living with her. She complained that she had been sleeping all day, and felt very drowsy as if she had been drugged.

She said she was missing a bottle of Ambien containing 13 tablets, and provided a cup of water to McCrillis that she said Washington had forced her to drink several times during the night.

McCrillis seized the cup and liquid after noticing residue in the cup and that the water was cloudy. He alerted Rodriguez at the jail, and also alerted Deputy Dale Wells who was still at the accident scene with a female passenger who had been with Washington at the time of the crash.

The passenger told Wells that she met Washington on the website Plenty of Fish.com and that he identified himself as a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho police officer who was in the process of being hired by the U.S. Marshal's Office. She said she had shared a pitcher of beer with Washington, but that she didn't feel anything other than tired from her long day. 

While removing the Mitsubishi, a tow truck driver found an empty prescription bottle for Ambien about 15 feet from the vehicle and turned it over to Wells who seized it as evidence.

At the jail, corrections staff found 10 yellow Ambien tablets in Washington's jacket pocket and Rodriguez added a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance to Washington's list of booking charges.  He placed the pills on police property as evidence.

The case was assigned to Keyser for follow-up investigation.  He contacted the suspected drugging victim and learned she had met Washington at an Oz Fitness club and that she had allowed him to spend one night – and he never left, despite her repeated requests that he get out. 

She provided evidence that Washington had physically assaulted her with his elbows and fists, and the detective added a Fourth-Degree Assault charge to the suspect's list of charges. 

He also learned from the victim that it had been Washington's idea that she get an Ambien prescription to help her sleep, and he then submitted the seized cup and water to the Washington State Toxicology Lab.

Keyser learned last week that both the cup and water contained traces of Ambien.  He forwarded an affidavit to the prosecutor's office requesting Washington be charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance for the apparent drugging of the woman.

Keyser said Friday that he is concerned that Washington may have met and drugged other female victims after placing himself in a position of trust by claiming to be a policeman.

Anyone who has information regarding the suspect's recent activities, or who may have dated the suspect, is encouraged to contact Keyser by calling him at 477-3786.

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