Sumner Police Reports: Disgruntled Tenant Booby-Traps Home, Woman Wakes Up to Car Upside Down in Front Yard and More

The following arrest information has been supplied by the Sumner Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

NOV. 24, 2012

  • DUI: A man was arrested for DUI around 12 a.m. after he was seen making an illegal turn on 166th Ave. E. He had an open beer in the middle console and dried food stuck in his beard. He tried to hand the officer a stack of books and papers when he couldn’t find his registration; he said he wasn’t drinking but his blood-alcohol content was found to be over three times the legal limit.

NOV. 25, 2012

  • Disorderly Conduct: A man was cited with disorderly conduct after he refused to leave Bottomz Up Bar around 12 p.m. He made threats to several patrons at the bar and threw a punch. The officer transported him to his residence in Edgewood because he was too drunk to drive.
  • Negligent Driving: Officers arrived to a report of a rollover collision on East Valley Highway at approximately 7:39 a.m. They found an unoccupied SUV lying on the drivers side in front of a residence. There was extensive damage to the car and tire marks indicated that the car had gone off the roadway and along the edge of an embankment before crashing through a wooden fence and down into the front yard. The homeowner said she heard a noise outside that sounded like thunder and she discovered the empty car in her front yard. The registered car owner could not be reached and the car was towed from the scene. Later, the car owner admitted her 19-year-old son was driving the car that night. He told officers that he had just caught his girlfriend sleeping with his best friend, and he got mad and started drinking. The next thing he knew, he was being picked up by a friend. He was cited with negligent driving, driving with a suspended license and hit and run. He was also cited for no insurance.
  • Shoplifting: Officers were dispatched to a report of shoplifting at Fred Meyer at approximately 4 pm. The manager said two African-American males in their mid-20s had left the store with two baskets full of alcohol without paying. They pushed the grocery cart out to the parking lot and jumped into a car driven by a woman. The license plate of the car plus the description of the criminals was similar to a case out of Puyallup and was forwarded to detectives for investigation.

NOV. 26, 2012

  • Residential Burglary: Officers responded to a residential burglary on 142nd Ave E. The property manager said someone broke in to the property. He had a locksmith come out to change the locks and discovered the property had been “booby trapped,” with paint cans suspended by ropes. The previous tenant had been evicted. The property had been trashed and paint was everywhere—apparently the booby trap had been tripped. Wire was ripped out, sprinklers removed and walls were falling apart. The homeowner estimated it would cost several thousand dollars to repair all of it. Police attempts to contact the tenant were unsuccessful.


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