EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth weekly installment of this new WSB feature, and now it has a name! If you missed the explanation/introduction with which we prefaced the series, you can see it here.
By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*On Wednesday around 3 a.m., officers were dispatched to 26th SW and Hudson, where citizens reported that a man was driving up and down the street with a flat tire and repeatedly trying to start the already running vehicle. Officers found the abandoned car in the 7000 block of 21st SW (complete with a smoking engine, shredded tire and with fresh damage to a fender and door).
The registered owner lived a couple of blocks away, so officers went to the home to continue their investigation. Smelling strongly of alcohol, the owner insisted that his car was with friends: “I’m not supposed to be driving because of my three DUIs.” He denied he had been driving the vehicle, and went back inside.
A while later, the owner showed up as officers were arranging to have the car towed. (Interestingly, he knew just where to find the car, even though the officers hadn’t disclosed its location.) He demanded the officers’ badge numbers before leaving and then spent several minutes—to no avail—trying to persuade the tow truck driver to simply drop the vehicle off around the corner.
(Four more summaries, including the case of the sleeping suspect, after the jump:)
*Just after midnight last Wednesday, an officer tracked down a man who allegedly violated a no-contact order. The 47-year-old suspect was sleeping in his truck near 36th SW and SW Snoqualmie. He was booked into King County Jail on four outstanding warrants: Three from the Seattle Police Department for domestic violence (totaling $120,000) and one felony warrant from King County for the same charge ($20,000).
*Around 8 a.m. Saturday, a man called 911 after he spotted his brother-in-law’s stolen truck parked at the 7-11 at 16th and SW Holden. A suspect got into the vehicle and drove off, but was quickly pulled over in an alley near 12th SW. The suspect had a firearm up his sleeve (which turned out to be a BB gun but looked real), a key ring full of gold Toyota keys inside his jacket pocket, and some meth and pot in containers around his neck. He was booked into King County Jail.
*Officers checking the names of some people loitering in the 5400 block of Delridge Way discovered that two of them were wanted on warrants. One man, a 27-year-old Bellevue resident, had an $866 warrant from King County. The other — a 23-year-old West Seattle resident — was wanted on a $20,000 felony warrant from King County. Both men were taken into custody on Monday evening.
*Late Sunday, as officers took her boyfriend into custody for domestic-violence assault, the girlfriend came running out to the patrol car in the Westwood area, demanding that he be let go. She was told to go back inside and stay away from the car, but she instead yelled that officers would have to arrest her too and that she’d hit one of them if that’s what it took. True to her word, she took a swing, the officer ducked, and she ended up in King County Jail.
Now that this feature has a name, it has an archive category of its own, though we’ll still link the weekly reports on the WSB Crime Watch page, so you can catch it there if you miss it in the main news stream.