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Kent officers bust man for drunk driving near casino

Kent Police Blotter. - Kent Reporter, file photo
Kent Police Blotter.
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Kent Police arrested a man for investigation of several charges, including drunk driving, during an incident that started with the man smashing his Jeep into a parked vehicle at the Great American Casino parking lot.

Officers responded at about 6:53 p.m. Dec. 2 to a call about a drunk driver and a hit-and-run incident in the 20500 block of 108th Avenue Southeast on the East Hill, according to the police report.

The man reportedly hit another car as he parked his Jeep and then staggered into the casino and sat down to play a card game. An officer was standing in front of the casino when the man walked out and toward the Jeep. The officer noted he could smell intoxicants coming from the man and stopped him to talk.

The man eventually admitted he had drunk two cans of Steel Reserve 211, a malt liquor, before arriving at the casino. An officer looked in the Jeep and saw an open can of malt liquor in the center console. Casino employees said the man didn't drink any alcohol inside the casino.

Police arrested the man for investigation of drunk driving and transported him to the city jail, where problems with the man continued. The man reportedly struggled with the officer during his booking and wouldn't sit down.

The officer forced the man to the floor and two jail officers helped restrain the man before taking him to a holding cell. The man also allegedly made threatening statements to the police officer.

Police ran a portable breath test on the man that registered a blood alcohol level of .214. The drunk driving law in the state for an adult is a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher.

The man remained in jail Tuesday facing charges of harassment, obstructing a public officer, drunk driving and an attempted false statement. Bail was set at $25,000.

Assault

Officers arrested a man for investigation of fourth-degree assault after he reportedly threw his girlfriend to the ground during a dispute at about 8:50 a.m. Dec. 1 in the 25200 block of 104th Avenue Southeast.

A witness called 911 to report a woman had been thrown to the ground when a man grabbed her sweatshirt, according to the police report. The man then stood above the woman and yelled at her.

Police found the woman standing along the street with mud on her clothes and scratches on her neck. They found the boyfriend a short distance away.

The boyfriend denied he had thrown the woman to the ground. He said they were only arguing. He said he never put his hands on her and that she must have gotten scratches on her neck by running through bushes.

Theft

Police arrested a man for investigation of third-degree theft and malicious mischief after he allegedly stole a power cord to obtain copper wiring at about 1:04 p.m. Nov. 30 from a business parking lot in the 8200 block of South 208th Street.

An employee at a nearby business called 911 to report people cutting a power cord to a semi-truck parked at a company closed for the weekend, according to the police report.

The witness saw a person use bolt cutters to sever the cord and then get into a green Chevrolet Blazer. Officers responded and stopped a Blazer in the area. The vehicle had two men inside. Officers saw a power cord and bolt cutters inside the Blazer.

One of the men admitted he had taken the power cord with the intent to strip it and get the copper inside that he would sell to make money. The driver allowed police to search the vehicle, and they found a power cord and bolt cutters.

 

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