A Washington man was arrested this week after being spotted by a jailhouse employee launching an arrow with a bag of drugs taped to it into a prison yard.
David Wayne Jordan, 36, was arrested on Tuesday for introducing contraband into the jail, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement, Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks told ABCNews.com. At approximately 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jordan shot an arrow towards the second floor recreation area of the Whatcom County Jail.
“It was just a regular bow and arrow, just a standard arrow with a metal blunt tip,” Parks said. “There was a small baggie wrapped around the arrow with tape.”
Jordan overshot, however, and the arrow he fired missed. Rather than landing in or near the jail’s recreation area, it landed on the roof.
“There’s a screened off area in a corner of the building with two sides exposed for fresh air, and it has an enclosed roof,” Parks said. “There’s a tight woven wire mesh around it. We assume he was trying to get it stuck into the wire mesh.”
The baggie wrapped around the arrow was found to contain marijuana, and another substance which has yet to be identified. Parks said that he believes that the marijuana might have been laced with something, and it was been sent to a lab for testing.
Jordan was initially spotted Tuesday exiting a car with the bow and arrow by a Whatcom county sheriff’s office employee, police said.
“She thought, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s after a squirrel,’” Parks said. “They’re pretty tame, they come right up to you. Then she sees him shoot this arrow toward building, and she got a hold of someone working inside the jail.”
The employee jotted down the license plate of the vehicle, and police were quickly able to locate Jordan at his home, where they saw a bow in the vehicle he exited, Parks said. As police arrived, Jordan refused to let the deputies inside. When he eventually decided to speak with police, he told them that he was trying to kill a squirrel, according to Parks.
He had no explanation as to why squirrel hunting requires attaching marijuana to an arrow, police said.
Parks said he is unsure if Jordan knows someone incarcerated inside the jailhouse.
Jordan has a lengthy criminal history that includes bookings into the Whatcom county jail, police said. He was arrested Aug. 8 for two counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest, and sentenced to serve 20 days in jail.
Parks said that Jordan is still in custody and could not be reached for comment.