East Wenatchee Man Arms Himself With Sword During Police Confrontation

Disturbance turns into a pursuit where a man almost runs over a deputy, arms himself with a sword, and is tased.

East Wenatchee, WA: Early this morning, just before 4 a.m., Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies and East Wenatchee Police Officers were dispatched to a reported disturbance in the 10 block of 24th Street Northeast in East Wenatchee.

When they arrived, a deputy attempted to contact a vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the location.

The driver of that vehicle, later identified as a Brian S. Hamilton, quickly put the vehicle into gear and sped towards the Deputy in an attempt to strike them.

To avoid being struck by the vehicle, the deputy had to quickly push away. Thankfully that deputy did not report or sustain any apparent injuries.

A pursuit ensued after the vehicle for only one block where it came to a stop in a church parking lot. The driver, Mr. Hamilton, refused to comply with deputies and officers when he was contacted again after he stopped. This led to a standoff that lasted over an hour.

During the standoff, other deputies placed spike strips under his tires to prevent him from fleeing again.

At one point during this standoff, Mr Hamilton armed himself with a sword while in the vehicle.

When Mr. Hamilton exited the vehicle, he was no longer armed but did not comply with arresting officers and a Taser had to be deployed to get him into custody without further incident.

Mr. Hamilton, who is a 35-year-old East Wenatchee resident, was booked into the Chelan County Jail for investigation of Assault - First Degree, Violation of a Domestic Violence No Contact Order, and Driving While License Suspended - Third Degree.