A Kennewick man pleaded innocent to allegations he threatened to kill his girlfriend and harm her father before leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with him crashing into a house.
Michael John Kynaston, 32, is set for a Feb. 9 trial in Benton County Superior Court for felony harassment, attempting to elude police and driving under the influence.
The eluding charge includes an endangerment enhancement for putting other motorists at risk while driving at speeds of about 80 mph in Kennewick.
The girlfriend’s mother called 911 at 2:14 a.m. Dec. 14 to report that her daughter might be under assault by Kynaston at their West 15th Place home, court documents said.
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Officers made contact with the girlfriend who said, in addition to the threats, Kynaston had damaged some of their personal property, like a microwave and a mirror.
Police earlier reported that Kynaston allegedly flashed a knife and told the woman he wanted to “cut her throat,” then threatened to “cave her face in” after using a sledgehammer on their shared belongings.
He took off in his pickup just before police arrived at their home. The girlfriend said she was afraid of him, documents said.
Kynaston reportedly has prior convictions for first-degree burglary and violation of a protection order in which his current girlfriend was the victim.
A Kennewick officer came across a pickup consistent with the description of Kynaston’s truck and began following it, court documents said.
The driver failed to stop at stop signs, recklessly kept driving, ignored the patrol car’s sirens and lights, and eventually reached 80 mph on Vancouver Street.
Kynaston lost control of the truck while turning at 20th Avenue and drove it into an occupied house on the corner, documents said. None of the residents were injured.
Kynaston allegedly took off on foot, but a police dog tracked him to a home in the 2300 block of West 21st Avenue.
He came out the front door and turned himself in to police.
Kynaston denied threatening the woman, but acknowledged damaging the mirror in their home.
He said “he did not pull over when the police signaled because he knew he was going back to prison and he wanted to get away,” court documents said.
The girlfriend told officers that Kynaston had been intoxicated when he confronted her earlier that night.
He also told an officer that he had been drinking and had used oxycodone and marijuana earlier the previous day.
She added that he had a couple of shots of a cinnamon whiskey before surrendering to police, documents said.
Two hours after the crash, breathalyzer tests returned 0.099 and 0.097 for Kynaston, documents said.
The legal limit to drive in Washington is 0.08 percent.
Kynaston’s bail is set at $75,000 for the harassment.