May 18, 1998

Local News

Assault suspect bites police car, rearrested

  by Andrew Walgamott
Staff reporter



   WOODINVILLE--A 34-year-old Redmond man who wanted police to give him a ride home got a ride the opposite way, to the Snohomish County Jail in Everett after assaulting a pair of Sheriff's deputies. Along the way, he also took a couple bites out of the police car. According to Jan Jorgensen, Snohomish County Sheriff's spokeswoman, deputies found the man in a phone booth in the 24200 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Road near the City of Woodinville at about 2:25 a.m. last Friday morning. The man told deputies that he'd been arrested earlier in the night and wanted police to give him a ride home to Redmond.

   His car had been impounded by the state patrol around midnight after he was ticketed for driving under the influence in Snohomish, Jorgensen said. The deputies told the suspect they couldn't transport him across the county line, but offered to call a friend or cab, Jorgensen said. But the man told the officers he had neither friends nor money. He became agitated and began kicking large rocks. According to Jorgensen, the man raised a large rock over his head and approached the deputies, saying, "What is it going to take to get you guys to help me?"

   The officers ordered him to drop the rock, which he did, but he then threw a tantrum. They attempted to bring the man under control by grabbing his arms but he broke free and hit an officer in the chest with a closed fist, Jorgensen said. Advised that he was now under arrest, the suspect hit the officer in the face and kicked the other before being taken kicking and screaming into custody. "He put up quite a fight," Jorgensen said.

   The officers sustained only bruises. The suspect was taken to jail where he was booked for third-degree assault. When he was removed from the police car, deputies found he'd bitten out sections of the door panel, Jorgensen said. She said he might be charged with malicious mischief.