Man arrested on drug charges after chase

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Vancouver police officers arrested a man on drug charges after he led them on a foot chase from a Vancouver hotel Monday morning.

Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said officers stopped at Comfort Suites, 4714 N.E. 94th Ave., around 9 a.m. to follow up about suspected drug activity.

There, they contacted a man at the door of one of the rooms. The man identified himself, but refused to speak to officers, Kapp said.

Officers found there was a warrant out for his arrest, and when they tried to contact him again, he had tossed a black object from his room’s back window, then left on foot through the front door.

During the foot chace, the man tossed what looked like a handgun over a fence adjacent to state Highway 500. The officers eventually caught up with the man, identified as Emmanuel Malagon-Salinas, and arrested him.

They officers also arrested a second man at the hotel room, Alex W. Billgren, who had an outstanding warrant.

A police dog brought to the other side of the fence sniffed out a stolen .38-caliber revolver. Officers also found 186 grams of methamphetamine, 66 grams of heroin and a strip of Suboxone.

Suboxone is a partial opioid agonist with legitimate uses as an addiction treatment drug, but still has potential for abusive use.

In addition to his warrant, Malagon-Salinas was arrested pending charges of methamphetamine possession with intent to sell, heroin possession with intent to sell, possession of a legend drug, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm.