Man blames sleeping pill for Davenport Hotel vandalism

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 4:42 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Lakewood school official accused of vandalizing the Davenport Hotel during a conference in Spokane will go into a diversion program for low-risk offenders to avoid a criminal record on possible burglary charges.

The suspect, who is the assistant superintendent from the Clover Park School District, is accused of climbing through the ceiling panel of a restroom the night of June 25 to reach the roof of the hotel where he threw rolls of roofing material, jugs of cleaning solution and food to the street below.
 
Spokane Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Shane Smith said the suspect must complete 50 hours of community service and pay $1,200.

The suspect's' defense attorney Steve Graham said his client's reaction to the drug is not uncommon.

"What we seen in these Ambien cases in general is someone who's not really used to a powerful sleep aid like that," said Graham, adding that he tells people to avoid the drug because more of these cases keep coming to his office.

"It sometimes seems like once a week, someone describes an incident like this," Graham added. "Sometimes it can kind of motivate people to go out and do things they wouldn't ordinarily do." 

The suspect was identified by security video and his key card. His lawyer, Steve Graham, said he had an adverse reaction to the sleeping pill Ambien.

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