Puyallup Police Reports: Bag Piper Arrested for DUI, Hit and Run, Stabbing and More

The following arrest and crime information for Nov. 26 through Dec. 11, 2012 has been provided by the Puyallup Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

NOV. 25, 2012

  • Attempted Robbery: Dispatch received a call that a room invasion with a gun occurred at the Northwest Motor Inn. The police investigation concluded that individuals in three different rooms were doing drugs together and stealing from each other. A stolen laptop was recovered and one of the individuals was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

NOV. 26, 2012

  • Disorderly Conduct: A woman was cited for disorderly conduct after arguing with a male in the Community Christ Church parking lot. She refused to leave the scene and was found to be highly intoxicated.
  • Information Report: A Freezing Nights guest was throwing things around, being disorderly and verbally abusive to staff and patrons. There were no victims, but Puyallup Police have had issues with him in the past.
  • Home Burglary: Several items were stolen from a Glenbrooke apartment, including a Marine Corps platinum ring with a diamond cross.
  • Vehicle Prowls: Three vehicle prowls occurred at residences on 26th St SE, 20th Ave. SW and the Glenbrooke Apartments.

DEC. 2, 2012

  • Domestic Assault: A man got in an argument with his girlfriend at the Old Country Buffet after he accused her of flirting with a waiter. He picked up a salt shaker and threw it at her face, cutting her lip. He was booked for domestic violence.
  • Commercial Burglary: At the Jennings Equipment shift-change, someone cut the lock to the equipment yard and drove a Kubota tractor out of the gate. It was later located unoccupied on 13th St. NW.  Another Kubota was stolen on River Road the day before.
  • Santa Parade: There were no documented incidents during the Lighted Santa Parade, which went off successfully, without a hitch.
  • DUI: A driver stopped for a defective headlight appeared to be drunk, and was dressed in full bagpiper regalia. He said he’d just performed at an event earlier in the night. He completed one field sobriety test on the side of the road in his kilt and uniform before he declined to do more and was arrested. He admitted to drinking after the bagpiper event.
  • Reckless Driving: A man was arrested for reckless driving after he was caught doing donuts in the South Hill Mall parking lot. He was trying to impress his wife.

DEC. 4, 2012

  • Vehicle Theft: A 1991 Mazda was stolen from outside a building on the 2000 block of S. Meridian.
  • Theft: A patron at Puerta Vallarta Restaurant had his wallet stolen from his coat pocket and fraudulent purchases were made.

DEC. 5, 2012

  • Car Prowl: A car was prowled while parked on 9th Ave. NW.
  • Residential Burglary: Copper pipe was stolen from a recently-purchased home on 7th Ave. SW.
  • Vehicle Prowls: Vehicle prowls occurred on 36th Pl. SE, a medical business on So. Hill Park Drive and outside an apartment on E. Main.

Dec. 6, 2012

  • Vehicle Prowls: Cars were prowled in the South Hill Mall parking lot near the cinemas, the Old JCPenny’s and near Victoria’s Secret. There was also a car prowl near Best Buy and in the Good Samaritan old parking lot and garage.
  • Car Theft: A 1989 blue Nissan Pathfinder was reported stolen on Valley Ave. NW. The vehicle has a cracked windshield, blue tinted windows, a cracked front bumper and oil leak.
  • Shoplifting, MIP: An 18-year-old was caught attempting to steal liquor from Top Foods.
  • Damage to Police Property: Someone smashed one of the windows of a Chevy Tahoe owned by the Puyallup Police Department while it was parked on the west side of the jail.

DEC. 7, 2012

  • DUIS: Puyallup Police documented five DUI arrests during the evening of Dec. 7, 2012. One driver crashed into a parked car on 5th St. NW.

DEC. 8, 2012

  • Serious Accident: Units responded to a serious collision on 5th St. NE on the bridge. Both drivers were trapped in their vehicles with severe damage. One driver crossed the center line and struck the other vehicle head-on. The victim’s airbags deployed, probably saving his life, the officer noted. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect driver smelled of alcohol and was not wearing a seat belt, and sustained obvious head trauma. He was arrested for DUI.
  • Juvenile Party: Units responded to reports of a large party at an apartment complex on 5th St. NE, where there were many calls of “shots fired.” Officers arrived and broke up the party, finding that the sound wasn’t a shot, but a person’s forehead banging against a closet door, with an uncooperative victim. There were no other victims but many punches were thrown. Five minors were arrested for being intoxicated and the residents were arrested for providing alcohol to minors. One other person was arrested for obstructing.
  • Domestic Assault: Police responded to an apartment on East Main Ave. A man was being disorderly after coming home from the bar. His girlfriend tried to “shush” him and he bit her finger. He was booked for domestic assault, first degree.

DEC. 9, 2012

  • Hit and Run: A suspect vehicle pulled in front of a victim vehicle while turning onto the westbound SR 512 onramp near South Hill Park Drive. The female suspect got out, jumped into another vehicle and fled the scene but left her purse on the seat. Police called her cell phone—she answered and sounded intoxicated, but claimed she was in Oregon. At the same time as the collision, another driver was looking at the crash and emergency lights and caused a 3-car rear end collision at this same intersection. Police are investigating.
  • Trespassing: Officers observed intoxicated two subjects in dark clothing walking along the BNSF Railroad tracks at 15th St. E. When the officer approached, they tried to jump a fence and run into a cold storage facility. One was able to get into the facility and was arrested there with minor cuts on his hands, the other was caught in the fenced area with several officers looking at him. They were arrested for trespassing.
  • Assault: A fight between two football fans ended in a stabbing outside the Ram Restaurant and Brewery.

DEC. 11, 2012

  • Freezing Nights Contact: Police were contacted by a Freezing Nights guest, who reported he was intoxicated and needed medical attention outside the Puyallup Library. The man was so impaired from alcohol and prescription pain killers that he couldn’t stand up or form a sentence, police reported. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
  • Car Prowl: A vehicle was prowled while parked in the Good Samaritan Hospital parking garage.
  • Suspicious Activity: A man was observed darting across River Road, pushing a wheelbarrow down toward the rear of a business and the Riverwalk Trail. He told police he was collecting fallen wood from along the river to burn in his stove, which is his only source of heat. He was warned about his actions and being on the Riverwalk Trail.
  • DUI/Minor Injury Collision: A two-car, head-on collision occurred on 5th St. SE. The spin of these two struck a third at the intersection. The suspect driver was drinking vodka at a Sumner bar before causing the accident. She also had taken prescription drugs.
  • DUI: A driver and his passenger were involved in a minor bar fight at Wayne’s Inn. The victim at the bar sustained a cut on the back of his head but refused to file a report. Shortly thereafter, both of the suspects were stopped for speeding on River Road, away from the bar. The driver was determined to have been impaired.
  • Domestic Violence: A call came in to 9-11 and no one answered, but dispatch could hear a man and woman arguing. Officers attempted contact at the apartment residence on North Meridian but calls were unanswered. Dispatch thought quickly and searched prior police calls at the residence and uncovered a prior domestic violence issue there with a restraining order. Entry was made and the protected woman was found inside with her ex-boyfriend. He was arrested and booked on the order violation. There was no evidence of other violence.


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