Chapter 9.04


9.04.010    Resisting arrest – Interfering with arrest.

9.04.015    Resisting arrest – Defined – Misdemeanor.

9.04.020    Impersonating an officer.

9.04.030    Unlawful to harm police dog.

9.04.040    Obstructing a law enforcement officer.

9.04.050    Refusing to summon aid for a peace officer.

9.04.010 Resisting arrest Interfering with arrest.

Every person who:

(1) In any case or under any circumstances not otherwise specially provided for, wilfully resists, delays or obstructs a public officer in discharging or attempting to discharge any legal duty of his office; or

(2) In any case or under any circumstances rescues, or attempts to rescue, any person from the custody of any police officer of the town, or from the custody of any person legally having such person in charge, or who aids or attempts to aid the escape of any person from any such custody, or from the city jail, or who advises or encourages any such escape, or supply any person, being in such custody or prison, with any weapon or with any implement or means of escape, or with intoxicating liquor, or with opium, morphine, or other narcotic; or

(3) After having been lawfully commanded by any magistrate to arrest another person who, after having been lawfully commanded to aid an officer in arresting any person, or in retaking another person who has escaped from lawful custody, or in executing any lawful process, wilfully neglects or refuses to aid such officer is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. 351 § 26, 1969)

9.04.015 Resisting arrest Defined Misdemeanor.

(1) A person is guilty of resisting arrest if he intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a peace officer from lawfully arresting him.

(2) Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor. (Ord. 1076, 1996)

9.04.020 Impersonating an officer.

Every person who falsely impersonates a public officer, civil or military, or a policeman, or a private individual having special authority by law to perform an act affecting the rights or interest of another, or who, without authority, assumes any uniform or badge by which such an officer or person is lawfully distinguished, and in such assumed character does any act purporting to be official, whereby another is injured or defrauded, is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. 351 § 15, 1969)

9.04.030 Unlawful to harm police dog.

It is unlawful for any person to wilfully harass, injure, disable, shoot or kill by any means any dog used by a police officer in discharging or attempting to discharge any legal duty or power of his office. (Ord. 820, 1988)

9.04.040 Obstructing a law enforcement officer.

(1) A person is guilty of obstructing a law enforcement officer if the person:

(A) Wilfully makes a false or misleading statement to a law enforcement officer who has detained the person during the course of a lawful investigation or lawful arrest; or

(B) Wilfully hinders, delays or obstructs any law enforcement officer in the discharge of his or her official powers or duties.

(2) “Law enforcement officer” means any general authority, limited authority, or specially commissioned Washington peace officer or federal peace officer as those terms are defined in RCW 10.93.020, and other public officers who are responsible for enforcement of fire, building, zoning, and life and safety codes.

(3) Obstructing a law enforcement officer is a gross misdemeanor. (Ord. 1054, 1996)

9.04.050 Refusing to summon aid for a peace officer.

(1) A person is guilty of refusing to summon aid for a peace officer if, upon request by a person he knows to be a peace officer, he unreasonably refuses or fails to summon aid for such peace officer.

(2) Refusing to summon aid for a peace officer is a misdemeanor. (Ord. 1059, 1996)