Walla Walla man arrested after downtown dust-up

James Clive Alfred Harvey

A Walla Walla, Washington, man was arrested Saturday after allegedly causing disturbances at downtown businesses and then fighting with police.

Just after 4:15 p.m., Astoria police responded to reports of a man who had thrown produce around at the Astoria Co-op grocery store, stole a cellphone from owners of the Mai Tong Thai food cart across the street and poured hot sauce on a black Cadillac Escalade nearby. A witness also told police that the man had shattered a piece of glass in the area.

When officers arrived, they located James Clive Alfred Harvey, 35. He allegedly struggled for several minutes as officers attempted to arrest him.

During the tussle, two Astoria police officers used a stun gun to try to subdue Harvey, listed as 6 feet 4 inches tall and 230 pounds. A Warrenton police officer and a Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office deputy were called to provide backup, and an onlooker also provided assistance before he was finally arrested.

One of several onlookers recorded the scene with an officer’s body camera after it fell off, Interim Police Chief Geoff Spalding said.

Harvey pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assaulting a public safety officer, harassment, aggravated harassment, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, second-degree theft, third-degree theft and third-degree criminal mischief.

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