The tension spilled onto the campus of Jason Lee Middle School as the girl and her friend, 11, walked on the playground. An older boy, 13, approached them.
The boy asked the 12-year-old why she got his sister suspended from school. The girl said she didn’t. The boy threatened to punch her. The 11-year-old told the boy to stop. He said he could punch her, too.
The girls ran into the building. The boy chased them. They ran into the girls’ restroom and closed the door. The boy stood outside, yelling. The girl used her mobile phone to call her mother, saying she was trapped. The mother called police.
Meanwhile, a school security officer noticed the boy standing outside the restroom door, yelling. The boy was tense; his fists were clenched and his eyes were wet.
Was there a problem?
“I’m just waiting to kick their ass,” the boy said. The security officer escorted the boy to the school’s main office.
Police officers reached the school. They spoke to the dean of students. She confirmed that the girl’s mother had reported the earlier threats. That report had implicated two other girls; one of them was the boy’s sister. She’d been expelled on an emergency basis while the school district investigated.
Officers spoke to the two girls, who relayed their story. They spoke to the older girl’s mother, who recounted the earlier threats.
The dean called the boy’s mother, who came to the school. Officers spoke to her, and said they were willing to release her son. She said she wanted him booked into Remann Hall. She thought it might help him.
Officers booked the boy into Remann Hall on suspicion of misdemeanor harassment.
The officer had seen the move before. He changed lanes. The car behind him, a silver 2002 Acura, changed lanes and kept following. The officer changed lanes again and let the Acura pull ahead. At the next traffic signal, the officer flicked on the emergency lights and pulled the car over.
The driver was 22. He said he’d just managed to get the car running for his girlfriend. She was sitting next to him in the passenger seat.
The driver said he had no identification, that his license was suspended and the car had no insurance. He gave his name and birthdate.
The officer checked. The man had told the truth — but not all of it. His license was suspended, but he also had an active misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. The officer cuffed him and took him to the Fife City Jail, where he was booked on the warrant and on suspicion of driving with a suspended license.
Officers spotted him shortly after 9:30 p.m. on South 72nd Street. He was driving a green 1993 Ford Ranger pickup and ripping along. The truck swerved into the turn lane to pass another car and kept going, then veered left onto South Alaska Street.
Officers followed. The truck was moving fast. Officers caught up four blocks later. The truck pulled a U-turn and headed back toward the patrol car. Officers hit the emergency lights and pulled the truck over.
Officers got out and walked toward the truck. The driver and the passenger hurriedly buckled their seat belts. The passenger, a 22-year-old man, asked why they were being pulled over. The driver, 20, told him to be quiet.
One officer told the driver to talk to the other officer.
“Oh man, there are two of them,” the driver said.
The first officer talked to the passenger, who said he didn’t have any identification and refused to give his name. He said he was wearing his seat belt. The driver yelled at him to shut up.
The officer told the passenger to get out of the car. The passenger said OK, and started to roll up the window. The officer told him to stop; he didn’t. the officer reached in and grabbed his arm.
On the driver’s side, the other officer caught a whiff of liquor and marijuana. What was that about? he asked.
The driver said the smells came from “a client” who had used the truck previously. The driver’s words slurred, and his breath was pungent.
Would he take a breath test?
“No,” the driver said. “But I will look you in the eyes and tell you I’m not drunk.”
Would he take field sobriety tests? The driver said no.
The officer told the driver he was under arrest on suspicion of DUI and reckless driving.
“Talk to my lawyer,” the driver said.
The officer asked the driver for a name and date of birth. The driver wouldn’t give it. The officer said the man was required to give it. The driver again told the officer to talk to his lawyer.
The officer cuffed him and put him in the patrol car. He went back to the truck for an assist. Together, he and the other officer took the passenger out of the truck and cuffed him.
In the patrol car, the driver was yelling. He said he wanted a second chance. He was sorry for his behavior. The officer said he was still under arrest.
“Talk to my Bellevue lawyer,” the driver said, still refusing to identify himself.
The officers took the men to police headquarters. One officer asked the driver for his lawyer’s name and phone number. The driver said he didn’t know how to get hold of his lawyer. The officer offered to provide a defense attorney. The driver said no, saying the officer wasn’t providing him with an attorney.
The officer said he would move ahead with DUI tests.
“Go ahead,” the driver said — but he wouldn’t open his mouth. The officer read a statement regarding implied consent for breath tests. The driver interrupted him and said, “The answer will be no.”
Officers took both men to the Fife City Jail. As they reached the jail, the driver started laughing, saying he couldn’t be charged with a DUI.
“Why?” the officer asked.
“Because I didn’t take the test,” the driver said.
The officer explained that the driver was incorrect. He was being booked into jail for DUI.
The driver started banging his head on the divider of the patrol car.
“Why did I say no?” he said.