The holiday hangover will be a lot worse than most for 389 locals, because they face drunken driving charges on top of their splitting headaches. That is the official tally from the increased DUI patrols around Pierce County between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day that included officers from the Washington State Patrol, Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Bonney Lake, Fife, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner, Tacoma and University Place. The added patrols were part of the state’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Drunken driving charges not only increase insurance rates but tally thousands of dollars in court costs, fines and attorney fees of about $10,000.
Robbing is never a good idea, but sometimes robbers have bad luck on top of their poor decision making. Such is the case with one robber who approached a man and his friend along the 900 block of Upper Park Street.
At first he stole cigarettes, put a gun against the victim’s chest and demanded his valuables. Instead of his wallet and watch, the victim punched the robber in the face. The man was later able to identify the robber, who now faces a list of charges as well as a sore jaw.
The gun turned out to be a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol that had been reported stolen.