Handing the Kent police officer a can of Miller Lite instead of his driver’s license and identifying himself as a government assassin didn’t help the DUI suspect avoid arrest, according to court records.
His arraignment for the felony DUI charge is scheduled for June 24 and his bail is set at $250,000.
Officers said three women followed the 26-year-old Kent man and called police about 9 p.m. June 8 because he was driving erratically.
Court records give this account:
The women saw the man stop at a convenience store near West Valley Highway and South 180th Street in Tukwila and almost got hit by his car door as he exited the vehicle while it was still moving in reverse.
He relieved himself next to the car and went into the shop.
As he came out with the can of beer, an officer greeted him and asked for the man’s license.
The suspect said he had not been driving and handed the officer the Miller Lite, which the policeman placed in his pocket.
The second time he was asked, the man gave the officer his ID. That’s when the officer noticed the man’s bloodshot and watery eyes and difficulty walking and arrested him.
He then became combative and told the officer he was an assassin for the United States, which he repeated after refusing to take a breath test.
At the jail, the suspect said he didn’t understand his rights and that he didn’t respect the officer’s authority or the police department.
The man has been convicted of multiple DUI crimes in the past 10 years, prosecutors said.
“He is a grave danger to the community given his obvious inability to not drive when he is impaired,” they wrote in court papers.
The man apologized to the officer when he sobered up after his arrest.
The can of beer was impounded with the vehicle the suspect had been driving.