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AZ Attorney Gunning for Ex, Stopped & Jailed

By Robert Winkler
The Desert Independent

December 27, 2011

BLYTHE, Calif Ė On Tuesday, December 20 at about 4:30 in the afternoon, Blythe Police were notified of a hit and run that occurred in Arizona, and that the suspect was now in the Blythe area. The victim of the hit and run had called police to report that the suspect was in the area of I-10 and Neighbors Blvd.

Blythe Police then located a vehicle matching the description given at the Valero Gas station on Hobsonway. The driver was identified as 37 years old Grady Wade, family law attorney from Tucson, Arizona.

During questioning Wade was uncooperative and kept reaching for the area of the front passengerís seat. In the meantime other Blythe Police officers arrived to assist and Wade was ordered out of his car, but kept reaching for the passengerís seat. As a precaution for officer safety the officers drew their firearms and ordered Wade out of his car. Still, Wade refused to cooperate and was assisted out of the car by the officers.

After Wade was secured, his car was searched. A loaded 45 Caliber handgun with a round in the chamber was found under the passengerís seat.

Wade was later booked into the Blythe jail for driving while intoxicated, possession of a loaded firearm and for resisting arrest. Blythe Police were later contacted by jail staff and information was relayed that Wade told them that he was on his way to Oxnard to allegedly harm his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

Blythe Police contacted Wadeís former girlfriend and her boyfriend and relayed the information. The former girlfriend and boyfriend, in turn, told relayed to Blythe Police that they had allegedly received a text message from Wade this morning telling them that he was on his way to Oxnard and that he was going to shoot them. Oxnard Police Department was contacted and informed of what was said by Wade.

Thanks to the good police work by Blythe Police. Two lives were most likely saved in Oxnard, said Chief Steve Smith.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information about this or any criminal activity is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111. Information can be given anonymously by calling (760) 921-CARE.

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