Kent officers arrest man for obstructing at East Hill parking lot known for large fights

Area near two 104th Avenue SE bars

Kent Police arrested a man for investigation of obstructing an officer after he tussled with police during an incident at a East Hill bar parking lot known for large physical fights.

As two officers tried to handcuff the man, a third officer fired a Taser at the man’s legs to help control him at about 12:59 a.m. April 28 in a parking lot at 23651 104th Ave. SE, that sits next to Sam’s Sports Bar and the Hookah Bar, according to the police report. An officer noted in the report that the area is known for very large physical fights at night.

Police responded to reports of men yelling at each other outside the Hookah Bar. When officers arrived, they saw several men drinking beer in the parking lot. The officers asked the men to sit down on a nearby curb so they could investigate whether any underage drinking might be going on.

Four of the men cooperated with police, but a fifth man yelled obscenities at the officers and reportedly would not quiet down. Because there were just two officers and five men in an area known for large fights, police decided to handcuff the man. But the man reportedly resisted as officers approached him.

One of the other men officers stopped had a reckless driving warrant out of Pierce County. A third man had warrants for DUI out of Pacific and fourth-degree assault out of Federal Way. Police released two other men and told them not to drink alcohol in public.

The man arrested for obstructing told officers he wanted a lawyer, so he didn’t discuss the incident with police.

Man speeds through turn

Officers arrested a man for investigation of reckless driving after he allegedly took a left turn downtown at high speed at about 11:44 a.m. April 30 while turning left off of Willis Street to Fourth Avenue South.

An officer saw a silver Lexus breaking traction and power sliding through the turn surrounded by a large amount of smoke, according to the police report. The car came around the corner and ended up sideways in two northbound lanes.

The driver then straightened out the car. An officer pulled over the vehicle as it turned on West Titus Street near Third Avenue South. The officer asked the driver to step out of the car.

The driver asked why he needed to get out of the car and the officer told him because he had been driving recklessly. The driver complied with the order. Police transported him to the city jail where he was booked and released.

Man caught with drugs

Police arrested a man for investigation of possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer saw two men sitting on the pavement near a vacant convenience store at about 3:04 p.m. April 28 in the 1600 block of West Meeker Street.

The two men told officers they were homeless and neither one had identification, but they each verbally identified themselves, according to the police report.

One of the men had two hypodermic syringes, two pieces of metal foil and a small plastic baggy with white power inside, which police later tested and determined it was meth.

The man denied to police that he used the needles to shoot drugs. He said he wanted to represent himself as a lawyer, so he didn’t answer any questions from officers.

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