Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 12:16 p.m.
The Spokane Police Department wants to remind the community to follow some simple guidelines when they go out to celebrate and enjoy the many restaurants, bars and taverns in our region.
One of the most important things to remember if you are going out and may be consuming alcohol is do not go alone. Have a friend or friends that you are going to stay with the entire evening and commit to making sure each of you get home safely. Have a plan for how you are getting home for the evening that involves safe and sober transportation. Also, never leave your drink or anything you are going to consume unattended or out of your control. If you feel as if you are impaired or affected in a way that is not consistent with what you have eaten or drank, notify one of your friends and consider seeking medical treatment.
On occasion the police department responds to reports of people who allege they have been unlawfully drugged and or had unknown substances placed in a drink or on their food. A person with malicious intentions could cause great harm to someone if they were able to render them in capable of controlling themselves, and can get them alone, or away from the people that are looking out for them. While instances like this are rare it is important to be remain vigilant even when going out to have fun. Remember to exercise some individual responsibility and care for those around you.
If you encounter any of the circumstances listed above please notify law enforcement.
Officer John O'Brien