Burglary suspect police say was found asleep in house pleads not guilty in Port Angeles case

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man who police said broke into a home and fell asleep and then later tried to eat a bag of heroin has pleaded not guilty to one count each of second-degree burglary, resisting arrest and heroin possession.

Christopher Michael Brown, 35, is next set to appear in Clallam County Superior Court on May 30.

He remained Sunday in the Clallam County jail on $2,500 bond after pleading not guilty May 9.

Port Angeles police gave this account of the events leading to Brown’s arrest:

Police received a 9-1-1 call at about 2:15 p.m. May 3 from a man saying that another man, later identified as Brown, had entered his house in the 1000 block of East Park Avenue and was asleep inside.

Officers found Brown on the floor surrounded by a number of the resident’s belongings and ordered him to show his hands.

Brown did not follow police orders and pulled syringes out of his pocket as he got up from the floor.

Brown told police he knew the house was not his but referred to it as “the playhouse” and said “hundreds of other people have been there.”

In Brown’s pocket, officers found a bindle of a substance later confirmed to be heroin, which officers placed on the hood of Officer Michael Johnson’s patrol car while Brown was being searched.

Brown ripped his arm away from Johnson and leapt onto the patrol car’s hood in “what appeared to be an effort to consume the bindle of heroin,” Johnson wrote in his arrest report.

Johnson stopped Brown from swallowing the heroin and physically removed the man from the hood of the patrol car.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: May 18. 2014 7:02PM
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