Car prowl suspect held in assault on deputy

By Patty Hastings, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Clark Public Utilities operation center

A suspected car prowler faces possible charges of felony assault on a law enforcement officer following an altercation Monday morning in the parking lot of Clark Public Utilities.

Someone saw a man prowling through his unlocked pickup in the parking lot of the utilities' operations center, 8600 N.E. 117th Ave. That unnamed person confronted the prowler, who ran away. The incident was reported at 8:18 a.m.

When a Clark County Sheriff's deputy saw David M. Ailshie, 43, of Vancouver, walking nearby and attempted to talk with him, Ailshie allegedly tried to assault the deputy.

The deputy, along with another responding deputy, used a Taser on Ailshie, who continued to resist arrest and threaten the deputies.

Vancouver police officers and Washington State Patrol troopers helped get Ailshie into custody. Paramedics attended to his abrasions before he was taken to the Clark County Jail.

He was arrested for suspicion of auto prowling and felony assault on a law enforcement officer, as well as an outstanding District Court warrant.