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WENATCHEE — Police jailed a Wenatchee man Thursday when he visited an ER for injuries allegedly sustained in smashing up an acquaintance's car over a financial debt.

Lucas Darren Giard, 19, was being treated about 5 a.m. Thursday at Central Washington Hospital for "extensive cuts" to both his hands when Wenatchee police arrested him on suspicion of first-degree malicious mischief. He remained jailed Friday on $10,000 bond.

Police said a 911 call summoned them about 3 a.m. to the 500 block of Ross Avenue, where someone had smashed the windows and panels of a parked car. The homeowner said he saw a man running from the vandalized car, which received an estimate $6,000 in damage. All its side window were broken, its panels had been gashed with a hatchet that was left embedded in the car, one headlight was broken and all four tires slashed.

Police said a blood trail led away from the damaged car, and they suspected the perpetrator had injured his hand in the act. A call to the emergency room asking if patients had arrived with hand injuries led them to Giard, they said.

The vehicle owner said he had borrowed money to help pay for the car and had not paid it back. The lender was an acquaintance of Giard, police said.

Prosecutors have not yet filed charges in the case.

Jefferson Robbins: 679-7013

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