Police Beat: Bad doughnuts, bloody knuckles and a ride denied

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

Sept. 4, 2:18 a.m.: The teen driver ripped doughnuts in the sports field at Skyline Elementary School — the last stop on a seven-mile, three-park tour.

A school resource officer spotted the stunt and called for assistance, reporting two males running away from a purple 1997 Honda Accord.

By the time more officers arrived, the two runners were gone, but the school officer had the car and three sets of identification. The driver was 17. The two girls in the passenger seats were 17 and 16.

The school officer pointed to an open beer can in the grass: Milwaukee’s Best. The driver had chucked it out the window.

A second officer checked a series of recent reports. The purple car matched the description of a vehicle tied to two earlier doughnut spins at Jefferson Park and Franklin Park.

The second officer asked the teens what they were doing. They didn’t answer. She read them their rights. They said they understood.

The officer spotted a six-pack of Milwaukee’s Best on the floorboard. Two cans were missing.

The officer asked the driver if he was willing to take a field sobriety test. The driver said no. The officer told him he was under arrest, cuffed him, and stowed him in a patrol car.

The officer asked the girls about the car — who owned it? One of them said it belonged to her stepmother.

Why were they driving through the field? They didn’t know.

How did they get the car into the park? They said they lifted the chain blocking the entrance so the car could pass through.

Had they driven through the other parks? Yes.

Who were the two boys who ran away? The girls wouldn’t say.

They denied drinking, and their eyes were clear. They were booked into Remann Hall on suspicion of malicious mischief.

Meanwhile the driver rode to police headquarters. After speaking with an attorney, he took a breath-alcohol test. He blew two readings: 0.13 and 0.13, both over the legal driving limit of .08.

The arresting officer called the teen’s mother and explained the situation. She booked the driver into Remann Hall on suspicion of drunken driving and malicious mischief. She dumped the unopened beers.

Aug. 30: The bloody man walked north along South M Street, his left hand wrapped in a white t-shirt.

An officer spotted him and stopped him. The man was 28, bleeding from both hands. He matched the description of someone seen breaking windows at the Red Cross office at 1235 South Tacoma Way.

He sat down on the curb and admitted it.

“I was being stupid and got mad,” he said.


The man said he knocked on the Red Cross door, and a woman came to talk to him. The man said he wanted to volunteer to fight forest fires — also that he was hungry. Also that he wanted the woman’s phone number.

The woman closed the door on him without a word, the man said. So he pounded on the door and cut his hands on the glass. His leg was bleeding. He said he tried to kick through the glass after breaking it.

Another officer interviewed the woman, a Red Cross employee. She said the man came to the door asking for food and a restroom. She said she told him the office was closed, and pointed him toward the Tacoma Rescue Mission, down the road.

The first officer looked the bloody man over, wrote him a citation for malicious mischief, and called Tacoma firefighters for medical aid.

Aug. 29: Call it the price of a ride denied — a stomped hood, bent windshield wipers, and slashed tires.

The guy in the parking lot flagged two Tacoma officers working off-duty security at a restaurant in the 2800 block of Sixth Avenue.

The guy was 29. Using emphatic words, he said two women had just damaged his car and walked away.

Officers rounded up the two women, who were 26 and 28. The younger one slurred her words and stumbled.

Two witnesses spoke to officers. They said the women argued with the man, got into the car and got out. One of them jumped on the hood of the car. The man tried to start the car. The woman on the hood bent the windshield wipers. The other woman got out and poked at a tire, the witnesses said. They heard a hiss, and saw the women run as police arrived.

The man said he drank with the women at the restaurant. He said they wanted to leave and asked him to take them to an address in Auburn.

The man said he refused; he would take them home, but not to Auburn. The women got mad, he said. They jumped on his car, broke his windshield, slashed his tire and took his keys.

One officer checked the passenger tire. It was flattened, a stab wound in the sidewall.

Another officer wrote two citations for malicious mischief with an upcoming date.

The officers waited around while the man changed his tire. The women said they had a ride coming.