A judge ordered a Kennewick man to be held without bail Monday on allegations he threatened his girlfriend with a knife and a sledgehammer, then later crashed his truck into a home as he tried to get away from police.
Michael John Kynaston, 32, had his first court appearance in the Benton County jail for the early Sunday incident.
He is held on suspicion of second-degree assault with domestic violence, felony threats or harassment, felony eluding police and felony hit-and-run. Prosecutors have until 4 p.m. Dec. 17 to charge Kynaston or release him from jail on those matters.
However, the Kennewick City Attorney’s Office on Monday charged Kynaston with driving under the influence, a gross misdemeanor. He allegedly was intoxicated during the Sunday morning assault and car chase.
In that case, District Court Judge Joe Burrowes set bail at $500 cash or $2,500 bond on the condition that Kynaston doesn’t commit any other crimes while the DUI matter is pending.
Burrowes also told Kynaston he can’t drive without a license and ignition interlock device, and that he is not to consume or possess alcohol.
Kynaston’s next court date for the DUI case is Jan. 7.
Kynaston and his girlfriend were arguing at 2:15 a.m. Sunday at their West 15th Place home when he flashed a knife and told the woman he wanted to “cut her throat,” according to court documents. He then used a sledgehammer to damage their shared belongings and threatened to “cave her face in.”
He was told told to leave the house, but he didn’t go before allegedly telling his girlfriend he would kill her if he didn’t get all of his property.
Kennewick police arrived as Kynaston took off in his pickup. Despite being chased by the patrol cars with lights and sirens, he ignored orders to stop, court documents said.
He lost control of the truck while turning, and crashed through a fence and into the side of a house at the corner of 20th Avenue and Rainier Street. The residents, who were home at the time, were not injured.
Kynaston took off on foot. A police dog caught him a short time later in the 2300 block of West 21st Avenue, documents said.
The girlfriend told police she fears for her life. Kynaston was ordered to have no contact with her and two other people.
Kynaston reportedly has a lengthy criminal history, though it appears his last case was in 2006 for violating a protection order and possession of marijuana. He had numerous arrest warrants, though only three appear to have been active and involved legal financial obligations on past felony cases.