Pierce County prosecutors have charged a suspected drunken driver with prior convictions after he drove through a yard in Steilacoom Sunday and tried to assault the homeowner when confronted.
William James Hughes Jr., 42, has been charged with fourth-degree assault, felony DUI, third-degree driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest and failure to have an ignition interlock device.
Court records indicate he has at least four prior DUIs.
Police were called about 2:20 a.m. Sunday to a house in the 2400 block of Worthington Street by a woman who said a drunken driver had torn up her yard and was chasing her husband around attempting to punch him.
The responding officer spotted Hughes’ vehicle trying to enter a street that was closed for construction, pulled over and told Hughes to get out of the car.
According to charging papers:
Hughes, who stank of alcohol and was slurring his speech while cursing at the officer, refused.
The officer pulled out his stun gun and with the other hand pulled Hughes from the car. After a brief struggle, the officer handcuffed Hughes.
The homeowner told police he had awakened to find Hughes revving his engine and spinning his tires in the yard. The man suggested Hughes sleep it off but he declined and continued driving across the yard.
When the homeowner yelled to his wife to call 911, Hughes leapt from his car and began chasing the homeowner around, “throwing wild punches.”