Kent officers catch college student driving recklessly to get to class

Witness spots driver at high speeds along SE Kent-Kangley Road

A man told Kent Police he was running late for class at Green River College at Kent Station so he drove at high speeds and recklessly along Southeast Kent-Kangley Road to get to town.

A woman driver called 911 at about 8:55 a.m. Jan. 19 to report a reckless driver near Black Diamond on the way to Kent, according to the police report. The woman called 911 several times with reports about the vehicle. She estimated the driver hit speeds of 75 to 90 mph along Southeast Kent-Kangley Road on the East Hill.

The driver reportedly used the oncoming lanes to pass traffic. When he drove down the Smith Street hill, he allegedly hit a vehicle along West Smith Street and kept on going. That driver also started to follow the vehicle along with the initial woman driver.

All three vehicles ended up stopped by the access road near BECU at the Kent Station shopping center. Officers arrested the man for investigation of reckless driving as well as hit-and-run.

Ex-boyfriend punches woman

Police arrested a man for investigation of fourth-degree assault, third-degree malicious mischief, interfering with a domestic violence report and obstructing an officer during a dispute at about 10:51 p.m. Jan. 21 in the 21300 block of 120th Place Southeast.

A woman told officers that her former boyfriend had hit her and broke her cellphone, according to the police report. They dated for about six months but the woman ended the relationship in December.

The woman took her vehicle to a friend’s house for some repair work when her ex-boyfriend showed up. He wanted a ride to an apartment, but on the way the woman’s car broke down. The ex reportedly punched her in the face and took the car keys out of the ignition. When the woman tried to call 911, he knocked the phone out of her hand.

The man fled the scene but the woman helped officers track him down in the 11900 block of Southeast 209th Street. Officers saw the man on foot and ordered him to stop, but he ran with two officers in pursuit running behind him. The man tried to climb a chain-link fence but fell to the ground. He stood up before officers caught up to him and ordered him to the ground. He started to run again before one of the officers tackled him.

Former couple gets in dispute

Officers arrested one man for investigation of fourth-degree assault and another man for third-degree malicious mischief after a dispute at about 2:07 a.m. Jan. 20 at an apartment in the 22400 block of 88th Avenue South.

Officers responded to the apartment after people reported hearing lots of yelling by male voices and a female voice, according to the police report.

One man told police that his former boyfriend showed up unexpectedly at the apartment, so he asked him to leave. The two got into a loud argument and the one man punched the other man multiple times. The mother of the man who was hit told officers she and another son had to pull the other man away.

The man who had been punched then reportedly went to the parking lot and used a picture frame to break the taillights of his ex-boyfriend’s vehicle.

Expired tabs and a warrant

An officer in his patrol vehicle spotted a silver VW Passat with expired license plate tabs so he pulled the car over at about 11:15 p.m. Jan. 19 in the 23600 block of 104th Avenue Southeast.

When the officer talked to the driver and ran a records check on him, he found the man had a Kent warrant for domestic violence harassment, according to the police report.

The man told police he was homeless, had been working on his car and couldn’t afford to register the vehicle. The man also had no proof of car insurance.

Officers arrested the man for the warrant and cited him for operating a vehicle without insurance as well as having tabs that were expired for more than 60 days.

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