Police Beat: Window banging, erratic driving, and a fourth wheel

Staff writerMarch 15, 2014 

Editor’s note: Compiled from reports to Tacoma police.

March 8: The woman banged on the window at midnight, vowed to break it, and fought the cop who arrested her. Both landed in a muddy heap.

The call started as a reported burglary in progress. A “hysterical female caller” said a strange woman was trying to break into her house.

The caller, hiding in the back of the house with her dogs, stayed on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, providing moment-to-moment updates. The intruder was on the front porch, then the back porch, then back to the front porch, banging on the window and screaming, “I’m gonna break your window, bitch!”

An officer drove to the 4600 block of East E Street and spotted a black-haired woman, 27, with her hand on the doorknob. He ordered the woman to stop. She looked at him and ignored him.

The officer repeated himself and said, “Police!” The woman ignored him.

The officer walked up the front steps, telling the woman she was facing arrest. She ignored him.

The officer grabbed her wrist. He smelled liquor. The woman tried to pull away.

A wrestling match followed. The woman kept saying no, the officer couldn’t do this. He cuffed her, but the pair slipped and fell during the struggle. Two more officers arrived. They shouldered the woman into a patrol car. She fought all the way.

The woman in the house said she’d never seen the stranger before and didn’t know her.

At the Fife City Jail, the woman refused to get out of the patrol car and had to be dragged while she screamed at the officer to stop. She was booked on suspicion of criminal trespassing and obstructing a public servant.

March 11: The lovers were fighting. They were also driving, and didn’t notice the police officer. He was driving, too.

Shortly before 2 a.m., the officer spotted a red Pontiac and a gold Mercedes stopped at the intersection of South Sprague Avenue and 19th Street. The Pontiac was in the left-turn lane. The Mercedes was on the right.

The light changed. The Pontiac turned left. So did the Mercedes — an illegal move. Both cars were moving fast. The Pontiac sped up and slowed down. The Mercedes tailgated. The cars zipped through a convenience store parking lot and turned onto South State Street.

The officer followed and flagged both vehicles. They stopped.

The man in the Mercedes was 29. He said he was following his girlfriend. Per a records check, his license was suspended.

The woman in the Pontiac was 28. She smelled like liquor and admitted she’d been drinking. She said she was trying to get away from her boyfriend. She’d confronted him about his other girlfriend and didn’t want to talk to him anymore. She admitted she shouldn’t have been driving.

The officer arrested both drivers. The man was booked on suspicion of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license. The woman was booked into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of drunken driving. At the jail, two breath tests led to readings of 0.15 and 0.14, above the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08 for drivers.

March 11: The Tacoma man had two girlfriends. Both were 37. The man was 51. He told police they all lived “together in harmony.”

Shots of tequila screwed up the music. Officers drove to the 1500 block of South L Street in response to a reported domestic dispute. They found the man, the two girlfriends and a third woman — the best friend of one of the girlfriends.

The best friend had sparked a fight, telling the man it was disrespectful to date two women at once.

The remark angered the other girlfriend, who said the third woman was meddling with stuff that was none of her business. That started a round of shoving and slapping. The boyfriend tried to separate the two women, but the best friend slapped him, which led to the 911 call.

All parties told the same story to police. No one complained of injuries or pain.

That might have ended the dispute, but a records check revealed that the first girlfriend, who hadn’t fought with anybody, had an active arrest warrant for a prior DUI.

Officers booked her into the Pierce County Jail on the active warrant. They gave the best friend a ride home.

Sean Robinson: 253-597-8486

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