A 25-year-old man has pleaded innocent to allegations he attacked two security officers who were trying to break up a Kennewick bar brawl.
Brian Alexander Duncan is charged in Benton County Superior Court with one count each of second- and fourth-degree assault. His trial is March 26.
Security officers at Jack Didley's were breaking up a fight in front of the Kennewick Avenue business Feb. 5 when Duncan allegedly stepped in without any reason.
Prosecutors claim that Duncan walked up to security officer Victor Ruiz and punched him in the nose. Security officer Benjamin Trudeau saw the assault and quickly moved to take Duncan to the ground, court documents state.
That is when Duncan started attacking Trudeau, hitting him several times in the face, head and the back of his neck, documents said.
Kennewick police were called and found Ruiz bleeding severely from his nose, and noticed it was swollen and offset. Duncan reportedly was covered in blood, which was believed to be from Ruiz.
Trudeau said he was in severe pain from Duncan allegedly punching him, and he complained of neck and leg injuries.
Ruiz and Trudeau were taken to Kennewick General Hospital for treatment. Ruiz suffered a broken nose.
Duncan later reportedly told police that he saw the security officers involved in an altercation with several people, and he then walked up and punched one of them in the face, court documents said. Duncan also said "that he didn't have an excuse for his behavior, and he knew what he did was wrong," documents said.
Kennewick woman faces felony DUI
A Kennewick woman with a history of driving under the influence now is facing a felony charge for a January traffic stop.
McKenzie Leigh Matyear, 33, has a March 12 trial date for felony DUI, first-degree driving with a suspended or revoked license and an ignition interlock violation. She pleaded innocent.
Two Kennewick officers were headed south on Vancouver Street, near Seventh Avenue, at 7:20 p.m. Jan. 12 when they noticed a car traveling without its headlights on. The car went into the left turn lane to head west on Fourth Avenue.
At that point, officers turned on their emergency lights.
The car pulled to the right curb and then to the left, but kept going west before turning left into a parking lot, court documents said. The car briefly stopped, but drove off when one officer got out of his car to approach the vehicle, documents said.
The second officer turned on his siren and got Matyear to stop about 50 to 75 yards later.
Officers claimed they could smell intoxicants coming from inside the car. Matyear allegedly had watery eyes and slurred speech, denied drinking alcohol and refused to participate in any sobriety tests.
After she told police she didn't have a driver's license, the officers discovered that she was supposed to have an ignition interlock or other technical device in her car and there was none, court documents said.
Kennewick police handed the case over to Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Bond for processing.
Matyear again said she'd had nothing to drink, questioned whether Bond had jurisdiction to charge her and said there was no proof that she had been drinking because she refused to perform all the tests, documents said.
The case is charged as a felony because Matyear has four prior DUIs within the past 10 years. Three of those arrests were in Washington -- in March 2002, February 2006 and April 2006 -- and one in Oregon in August 2007.
And had two other DUIs before that -- in Washington in August 1998 and in California in July 1999.
In April 2006, Matyear was westbound on Interstate 82 near Sunnyside when she drifted onto the right shoulder and rolled her car down a 45-foot embankment.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser came to rest on railroad tracks and was totaled, said Herald reports at the time.
Matyear was charged with DUI for that crash and was treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for serious injuries.