Police arrested a man for investigation of reckless driving after he reportedly raced against another car on the streets of north Kent.
A Kent Police officer on patrol in the area of 62nd Avenue South and South 194th Street saw the two cars racing late at night on Sept. 10, according to the police report. The officer drove to the area after seeing multiple cars with loud exhausts, lowered suspensions and spoilers headed westbound on South 190th Street from the West Valley Highway, aka 68th Avenue South.
A black 2017 Camero sped at a high rate of speed southbound in the northbound lane of 62nd Avenue South. The Camero almost came nose to nose with the police vehicle before making a U-turn. The officer began to pursue the vehicle, which nearly hit several other cars fleeing the racing area. The officer then pulled the car over.
The driver told police the car belonged to his father and they had two race cars, including a Ford Mustang.
The officer noted in his report during his 19 years with the Kent Police illegal street racing has been a problem on weekend nights on the north end of town. The most common racing areas are along 62nd Avenue South between the 19000 and 19400 blocks and along 54th Avenue South from the 22600 to 22800 blocks. Both streets are in industrial/warehouse areas where there is little or no traffic.
Man tries to choke girlfriend
Officers arrested a man for investigation of fourth-degree assault after he allegedly tried to choke his girlfriend during a dispute Sept. 9 at a house in the 12800 block of Southeast 259th Street.
A witness told officers that the man argued with his girlfriend and then started to choke her with his hands around her neck, according to the police report. The witness tried to intervene, but the man pushed his girlfriend and the witness into a closet door.
The man told police he didn’t strangle or hit anyone. An officer noted in the report that the man was obviously intoxicated.
Man caught with drug items
Police arrested a man for investigation of possession of drug paraphernalia after responding to a 911 call at about 4:10 a.m. Sept. 8 about a man sitting on a curb in the 21300 block of 120th Avenue Southeast.
The man had two bikes and extra bike tires near him as he sat on the curb, according to the police report. When an officer ran a records check on the man, it reported the man had a Kent warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A search of the man by police found he had several glass pipes on him as well as a plastic baggie with meth inside, as confirmed by a field test of the white crystal substance.
The man told officers he didn’t know there was a warrant for him.
Man threatens store cashier
Officers arrested a man for investigation of provoking assault after he reportedly argued and threatened employees at about 8:43 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Grocery Outlet, 23910 104th Ave. SE.
An officer in a patrol vehicle in the parking lot saw the man inside the store and recognized him from earlier incidents at a nearby Taco Bell when the man bothered people while asking them for money, according to the police report.
The man argued with a cashier, who pointed for the man to leave the store. Another employee came to assist and the man started to get in a fighting stance with his fists up. An employee told police the man was intoxicated and only had a dollar to pay for items that cost more than a dollar.
Police banned the man from the store for life at the request of store management. The man told officers he didn’t understand why he was arrested.
Man speeds through town
Officers arrested a man for investigation of obstructing an officer after the man initially gave police a false name when he was pulled over for speeding at about 1:33 p.m. Sept. 11 in the 700 block of East James Street.
The officer used a laser speed measuring device that showed the driver going 59 mph in a 35 mph zone while traveling westbound on East James Street, according to the police report. The officer pulled over the gold Honda Accord in the parking lot of the Circle K store, 720 Central Ave. N.
The man didn’t have a drivers license. He told police he gave a false name initially because he has a suspended drivers license for an unpaid ticket.