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DOCUMENTS: Probable cause released for arrest of police officer

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Probable cause documents released for arrest of Detective Jay Mehring. He bailed out of jail Friday and is no longer in police custody. Spokane Sheriff's Detectives arrested Mehring at Police Department Headquarters for alledgedly harassing his estranged wife.

Mehring was an undercover officer who had worked for the department for 12 years in the Special Investigations Unit.  He's been booked into the county jail on a charge of Felony Harassment / Domestic Violence. The chief says those charges are a class C felony.

Chief Kirkpatrick placed Mehring on unpaid layoff status. That means Mehring's pay and benefits stop immediately.  According to a spokesman for the police department, the action is in accordance with Spokane City Civil Service rules and regulations.  An internal affairs investigation will will also be initiated per department policy.

According to police, they became aware of the matter on March 24th, 2007 and immediately looked into the allegations.  Police say they determined there was enough evidence to begin a criminal investigation.  At that point the investigation was turned over to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office.

 

 

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