Last summer, SWAT officers surrounded the entrance of Motel 6 on Chkalov Drive in Vancouver as employees and customers at a pot shop across the street looked on.
Alisha Gonzales, an employee at The Herbery, said she watched as police arrested a young man and then escorted two children from the building. She characterized the raid as traumatizing but rare in its intensity. However, Gonzales said police patrol the motel daily, circling the area. Officers respond directly to the business several times a week, she said.
“It’s a problem. I wouldn’t go as far as calling what goes on destructive, but it definitely hurts our flow of customers,” Gonzales said. “We’ve had a few times where people stayed in the store until things settled down outside.”
According to data provided by Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, police, firefighters and medics were dispatched to 2,693 calls for service at Motel 6 in the past five years. A total of 2,052 calls were assigned to the Vancouver Police Department.
There are other motels in Clark County with less than desirable reputations, including the Value Motel off Highway 99. But Motel 6 shows up as much, if not more, than its competitor in police reports and court records.