6 months for assaulting police officer

A 20-year-old Hoquiam man was sentenced to six months in jail after struggling with a police officer trying to arrest him.

Paul D. Crawford was sentenced Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court for third-degree assault. Deputy Prosecutor Kraig Newman recommended a three-month sentence, but Judge David Edwards doubled it.

On Nov. 20, a Hoquiam Police officer was pursuing a man he recognized as having an outstanding warrant who seemed to flee when he noticed the officer. Another officer noticed a suspicious man a few blocks away jumping into a van, so the first officer pursued, thinking it might have been his original subject.

The van driver pointed police to the building the man had entered, where they found an apartment with its door standing open. The officer found Crawford inside. After a brief conversation, Crawford turned to go back inside, but dispatch informed the officer he had an outstanding warrant. According to court documents, Crawford heard the dispatcher and tried to slam the door shut, striking the officer’s arm. The officer pulled Crawford out by his jacket, and Crawford began throwing punches, hitting the officer’s shoulder.