Phillip Ray Flynn maybe should have exercised his right to remain silent earlier this month.
Flynn, 24, was in Pierce County Superior Court on Feb. 13 to be arraigned on a host of felonies for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase around the Auburn area while driving a stolen recreation vehicle.
Already facing charges of second-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude police, unlawfully possessing methamphetamine and hit-and-run, Flynn allegedy threw a fit in court and in a holding area at the County-City Building that included him threatening to kill Court Commissioner Meagan Foley.
Now he’s facing another felony count: Intimidating a judge.
Not guilty pleas have been entered on his behalf to all the charges. He’s being held in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Flynn’s troubles began Feb. 10 when police were dispatched to a mini storage business in the city of Pacific.
A manager there told officers someone had cut through the business’ chain-link fence. The thief or thieves broke windows in nearly 20 RV’s stored there, stole some electronics from the motor homes and drove off in one of them, court records show.
Later that morning, Auburn police spotted the stolen RV, with two men inside. Pacific and Auburn police tried to pull the RV over, but the driver, later identified as Flynn, refused to stop, court records show.
Instead, he sped away, running a red light and swerving to avoid spike strips police set out to stop him, the records show.
At one point “the defendant drove across the concrete median, which detached the spare tire on the motor home and sent it rolling into the Pacific officer’s patrol car,” deputy prosecutor Lisa Wagner wrote in charging papers.
The driver then steered into a restaurant parking lot, where the RV hit at least one parked car, charging documents state. Flynn and his passenger jumped out and tried to run away. They were caught.
Flynn allegedly admitted to stealing the RV, saying he intended to drive it to Eastern Washington to get his child’s mother, court records state.
Things went from bad to worse for him three days later during his initial appearance in Superior Court.
Foley entered not guilty pleas on his behalf to the charges stemming from the RV theft, set his bail at $60,000 and ordered him not to return to the mini storage facility while his case was pending.
Flynn was not pleased with Foley’s ruling, court record show.
“... the defendant became increasingly agitated as the conditions of release were ordered and seemed particularly angry regarding the no-contact provisions,” deputy prosecutor Jennifer Hernandez wrote in new charging documents involving the intimidating a judge count.
Flynn was moved to a holding area in preparation for his return to jail when he allegedly began shouting profanities and kicking a door, Hernandez wrote.
He then threatened to kill deputies, called Foley a bad name and threatened to kill her, too, apparently punctuating his outburst with, “That’s a promise,” records state.
On Wednesday, he was back in court before a different judge, where he was charged with threatening Foley and his bail increased to $100,000.
There was no word of his behavior after that hearing.