David Howard begged to be released from a drunken driving holding cell, insisting he had an “important Department of Defense” project he needed to get to work for.
He told the Fife police officer who arrested him Friday that he didn’t need to do this. He asked for an escort to work. Then, just before he was about to be released, authorities say he boasted that his lawyer would get him off the hook.
Howard, 55, had been through the process before.
He was convicted in 1990 of vehicular homicide that involved alcohol and in 1995 for driving under the influence. On Tuesday, Howard pleaded not guilty to DUI and was ordered jailed in lieu of $40,000 bail.
A police officer spotted Howard commit several traffic infractions and pulled him over about 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 5300 block of 20th Street East. He allegedly admitted to having four drinks at a Tacoma bar earlier that night.
No word on whether he’s continuing work on his important work project.