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No throttle, no mirrors, no windshield, no problem | POLICE BLOTTER PART 1
The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
This is how the conversation went with a 40-year-old Renton man who was just involved in a collision July 26 on the Maple Valley Highway, as told in the report:
“I (the officer) told (the man) that he couldn’t operate his vehicle on the roadway with a throttle that didn’t work, no mirrors and no windshield.
“I asked (the man) if he had glasses or goggles when he drove and he told me no. I told (the man) that if he drove, he would just cause another collision and he replied “yeah, probably.”
And the officer would pull him over if he drove off, to which the man replied, (expletive deleted) “it’s on.” The officer interpreted that to mean he would fight or assault him.
The man yelled at the officer and threw things around the truck and out of it. The officer had asked for backup, which arrived and he went to retrieve his own cruiser.
In the meantime, the man’s behavior escalated and more backup was requested. He came out of the truck with what looked like a metal pipe; he refused to drop it. An officer knew he had at least one knife in the truck.
An officer drew a handgun and another his Taser. One probe hit the man, with little effect. He still had the metal pipe. A second tasing brought him down. He indicated he would pick and choose which questions to answer.
Besides the 1991 Ford pickup, two vehicles were damaged in the accident, including one that was parked. No one was hurt.
The Renton man told officers his gas pedal stuck, so he did a U-turn on the highway to get back to the parking lot. That’s when the initial collision occurred.
He was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of fourth-degree assault.
GLOCK IN JACKET: The Renton Police officer decided to take precautions when he saw a big bulge inside the shoplifter’s jacket.
The 23-year-old Auburn woman was inside a Rainier Avenue convenience store at about 6:30 a.m. July 23, eating snacks she had pulled from the shelves.
She was barefoot and there was a white film around her lips that might indicate illegal drug use. She was willing to give back everything because she didn’t want to go to jail.
A records check later showed she was a convicted felon, once officers were able to get her real name from her.
The officer decided to help her take off her jacket. It went “thunk” on the counter and an officer saw a Glock inside. She was placed in handcuffs. The Glock was loaded, but she maintained it wasn’t hers.
She was arrested for investigation of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, a felony.
She was evaluated medically at the King County Jail but was taken to Harborview after admitting she took heroin earlier in the morning. At Harborview, she fell from a sitting position, cutting her lip and breaking a tooth. She again admitted to using heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax.
Because of her medical condition, she was kept at Harborview and was no longer under arrest.
She explained how she got the handgun. She’s been hanging out with a white supremacist group that was “ruining her life,” she told an officer. Before heading off to the convenience store, she grabbed the jacket.
THANKS IS STOLEN SSI CARD: Two homeless men named Justin and James asked a man who stays in Seattle to carry a metal pole to their camp in the woods near Oakesdale Avenue Southwest and Southwest 16th Street.
Once at the camp near the railroad tracks, they took his hat, threw it to the ground and urinated on it. He wouldn’t hand over his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) card, so they beat him about 30 times and took it.
He then headed off toward Seattle. The incident happened on July 22 but not reported to police until he could get back to Renton on July 29.
The card had no money because he was waiting for his next monthly benefit.