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Wash. sailor charged with assaulting woman and cop

BELLINGHAM - An active-duty U.S. Navy sailor was arrested this weekend on suspicion of drunkenly beating a woman in downtown Bellingham until he knocked out several of her teeth.

Officers on patrol saw Travis Lee Lile, 21, punching three people at 11:44 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the 200 block of Chestnut Street, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young. Lile ran off when police tried to detain him.

An officer caught up with him but took a fist to the face before he could get him to the ground, Young said. Police said they found a switchblade on him.

A woman had several missing teeth and needed immediate treatment at St. Joseph's hospital. Everyone else was treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises.

Police aren't sure what prompted the assault, Young said, but they believe Lile was drunk. He was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault, obstructing law enforcement and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon.

Lile has served aboard the USS Nimitz as an electronics technician since March 2011. About a month ago, Lile was presented with an enlisted air warfare specialist pin while aboard the Nimitz in Everett.

His superiors were awaiting formal charges before commenting on any military discipline Lile might face.

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