No one likes to get pestered. Not even meth users and alleged DVD thieves. And police near Blaine, Wash. say it was this fact of life that led to a 21-year-old man allegedly injecting a 16-year-old girl with methamphetamine.
From the Bellingham Herald:
Daniel Lee Svege, 21, admitted in a written statement he smoked meth with the girl in a public restroom at Lake Whatcom on June 6, according to prosecutors.
Then they went to a Birch Bay home and bought more of the drug, intending to smoke it. But when Svege couldn't find a pipe, he picked up a used syringe and injected himself with meth. The girl was "bugging" him to shoot her up, too, prosecutors alleged, so he injected her twice in the right arm with the same dirty syringe.
According to the Herald, the girl, who'd been reported as a runaway by her mother, returned home the day after allegedly being injected with meth by Svege. Two days later, on June 9, she told her mother about the incident, saying Svege had injected her with meth a total of three times. Responding police officers, called to take the girl to a local hospital, reported finding needle marks and bruises on both her arms.
Given the circumstances, police began trying to track down Svege, but this proved difficult ... until an incident June 11 at a Bellingham Walmart.
According to the Herald, police arrested Svege that day for allegedly attempting to steal "spendy" DVD box sets from the store. Svege apparently told police he intended to sell the DVDs to pay for Suboxone, a drug used to treat recovering heroin addicts
From the Herald:
A security guard stopped Svege after surveillance footage showed him walking through the store with a large bulge under his sweatshirt. He had used a Stanley box cutter to remove the security tags, the charges alleged.
Svege now faces charges in two separate cases, accused of distributing meth to a person younger than 18 and retail theft with extenuating circumstances.