Officers arrest man in Kent during street racing incident | Police Blotter
By STEVE HUNTER
Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter
July 17, 2012 · 11:16 AM
Kent Police arrested a man for investigation of attempting to elude after he reportedly tried to speed away from an officer who spotted him racing another vehicle in the North Kent warehouse district.
The incident started at about 3:18 a.m. July 8 when a 911 call reported about 30 vehicles racing in the 19000 block of 62nd Avenue South, an area known for illegal street racing, according to the police report.
An officer in a marked Chevy Tahoe saw a Ford Mustang and a Ford F-150 pickup racing each other along 62nd Avenue South. He estimated the vehicles were going about 70 mph in a 35 mph zone.
The officer activated his overhead emergency lights when the two vehicles approached the South 194th Street intersection. Drivers of both vehicles hit their brakes and skidded through the intersection. The pickup continued southbound on 62nd Avenue while the Mustang headed eastbound on 194th. The officer activated his siren to pursue the Mustang.
The driver sped through the large Nabisco warehouse parking lot, 19062 62nd Ave. S., reaching speeds of about 70 mph before slamming on the brakes and coming to a stop at a 45-degree angle.
The officer exited his vehicle with his gun drawn and ordered the driver out of the Mustang. Two juvenile girls also were in the car. The driver told the officer he had been racing earlier that night. He said he became scared when he saw the patrol car and thought he could get away. He said it was a stupid move.
Police booked the man into the city jail. The girls were released to the mother of one of the girls.
Possession of stolen property
Officers arrested a woman for investigation of possession of stolen property after she allegedly tried to cash a stolen check for $300 at about 3:12 p.m. July 10 at a Bank of America at 12994 S.E. Kent Kangley Road.
A bank clerk became suspicious when she noticed two types of ink and handwriting on the check, according to the police report. The clerk also discovered the signature on the check didn't match the signature the bank had on file for the man's name on the check.
The woman claimed she had received the blank check from her aunt signed by a man she had done yard work for. The man denied giving the check or signing the check. He said he did know the woman as a friend of his daughter.
When officers searched the woman's purse they found needles reportedly with heroin residue on them. They also arrested her for investigation of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police cited a 20-year-old man for investigation of minor in possession and disabled parking space violation after an officer saw the car illegally parked in a disabled parking space at about 2:29 p.m. July 7 at the Ridgeview Apartments, 1425 W. Smith St.
The officer did not see a permit or plates for disabled parking on the Buick Regal, according to the police report.
The driver told the officer he had just dropped a friend off at the apartments to go grab some clothes. The officer spotted a vodka bottle on the floor behind the driver's seat. The man denied the bottle belonged to him. He said his friend left it there.
Officers cited a man at large for fourth-degree assault and harassment after he allegedly punched another man at about 4:48 p.m. July 9 at the Circle K gas station, 20727 108th Ave. S.E.
A man told officers he was punched six to eight times in the face, head and shoulder by the man as he attempted to pump gas, according to the police report.
The man said a Lexus drove up and a man jumped out of the passenger side. He said he recognized the man as an old friend but he had not seen him in years.
The man reportedly punched him numerous times and then got back in the Lexus and left. Officers were unable to locate the man, who reportedly had a previous incident with Kent Police when he fired a gun into the air.
Police arrested a man for investigation of residential burglary after he reportedly kicked in the door of a house July 10 in the 900 block of West Meeker Street.
A couple of city of Kent employees reported the incident after they saw the man kicking a door at a house, according to the police report.
An officer went to the home and the resident said he heard a loud noise and when he went to his front door he saw a man standing inside the house. The intruder fled when he saw the man and did not take anything.
Police had a description of the man and an officer spotted him a short time later and arrested him after witnesses confirmed he was the same man they had seen at the house. The man declined to talk to police.
Contact Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter Steve Hunter at email@example.com or 253-872-6600, ext. 5052.