Man charged in assault of officer at fair

Officials were trying to detain Fausto Diaz-Lara, who was wanted on a Superior Court warrant.


WALLA WALLA -- An area man has been formally charged with assaulting a police officer while trying to resist arrest last week at the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

Fausto Diaz-Lara, 19, is accused in Superior Court of second-degree assault, obstructing a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. The charges were filed Tuesday.

Officers on foot patrol reportedly saw Diaz-Lara -- who was wanted on a Superior Court warrant -- in the adult carnival area of the fairgrounds about 10:15 p.m. Friday and tried to detain him. Walla Walla police Detective Kevin Bayne was injured after Diaz-Lara resisted, officials said.

"Diaz-Lara stepped over Bayne's leg and in the struggle Bayne fell to the ground, yelling in pain and holding his left knee," according to a Sheriff's Office report filed in court.

Law enforcement personnel accompanying Bayne managed to handcuff Diaz-Lara, while another officer reportedly held several of Diaz-Lara's friends -- who were becoming increasingly agitated -- at Taser-point until backup help arrived.

Diaz-Lara, of 53066 Appleton Road, Milton-Freewater, was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail, but was released Tuesday on bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 20.

The warrant for Diaz-Lara's arrest was related to charges in a case accusing him of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to deliver, possessing drug paraphernalia and having brass knuckles in a car that officers stopped on June 5.

Bayne was treated at Providence St. Mary Medical Center and released after he was hurt. Police Sgt. Randy Allessio said this morning doctors still are trying to diagnose Bayne's injury. His leg is badly swollen and he walks with the aid of crutches.

Allessio added it's unknown when Bayne will be able to return to office duty.

"We'll try to get him back as soon as it's possible and it's OK for his health," Allessio said.


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