Kent officer busts man driving 80 mph in 35 mph zone up West Hill

Caught along Reith Road

Kent Police arrested a man for investigation of reckless driving after he reportedly hit speeds of 80 mph while traveling westbound up Reith Road South from the Valley to the West Hill.

A patrol officer saw a blue Acura westbound on Reith Road near Lake Fenwick Road speed around another vehicle and make a loud revving engine noise at about 12:50 a.m. on April 13, according to the police report.

The officer pulled out in his vehicle and estimated the driver hit about 80 mph in a 35 mph zone. The Acura took a S curve in the 25300 block at more than 60 mph. The officer noted he took the 30 mph curve at about 60 mph but failed to gain any ground on the Acura.

The elusive driver headed northbound on 38th Avenue South, taking a right turn at a high rate of speed and going into the southbound lane. No other vehicles were present. The officer caught up to the Acura when it turned into the driveway of a house in the 3700 block of South 257th Street.

When the officer asked the driver why he was going so fast, the man replied, “I was just trying to get home, sir.”

The man told police he didn’t think he was going 80 mph. State Department of Licensing records showed the man had a suspended license.

Man spits on rec manager

Officers arrested a man for investigation of fourth-degree assault and first-degree criminal trespass after he allegedly spit on the arm and in the face of the manager of the city-owned Kent Commons recreational facility, 525 Fourth Ave. S., at about 8:02 a.m. April 13.

Patrons told the manager about a man smoking just outside the building and making lewd comments to women who walked past him, according to the police report.

When the manager told the man he needed to be at least 25 feet away from the building to smoke, he called the manager names, spit on his hand and face and walked away.

Multiple officers detained the man a few blocks away at West Meeker Street and Fourth Avenue North. Police recognized the man from previous contacts. He had been banned from all downtown city parks and facilities, which led to his arrest for criminal trespassing.

Pair robs woman at bus stop

Police arrested a man and a woman for investigation of robbery after they reportedly held a woman at knifepoint to take her backpack as she waited for a bus at about 7:27 p.m. April 14 in the 25100 block of Pacific Highway South.

A woman told officers another woman put a knife to her face and neck and demanded she hand over her backpack, according to the police report. The incident occurred near the bus stop in front of Crossland Studios hotel.

The woman walked away with the backpack and a man, who appeared to be with her. Other people at the bus stop helped the woman get her backpack back, but it was missing between $100 and $200 cash. People detained the pair until police arrived.

Officers searched the woman and found a pocketknife in her waistband. She had a warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle out of King County. The arrested man told police it was the woman’s idea to take the backpack. The man has convictions for taking a motor vehicle, burglary, robbery, assault, obstructing an officer and vehicle prowling.

Burglars caught inside shop

Officers arrested two men for investigation of burglary after they were found inside a tool and equipment shop at about 7:20 p.m. April 16 in the 9700 block of South 208th Street.

The shop’s owner reported that someone had broken into the detached shop on his property, according to the police report. Someone had made a hole in the wall and apparently climbed inside.

Police found two men inside the shop. One man claimed the hole was there when he showed up. He said he had seen a backhoe he was interested in buying so he stopped by.

Officers noted in the report that the large shop had become a frequent target for thieves, so the owner keeps a close watch on the property.

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