Seattle loves to put Tacoma in its place. It's been established. And, for any Seattleite looking for fodder for good Tacoma jokes, one need look no further than the police reports generated by Grit City - which, as you'd imagine, run the gamut from depressing to straight-up deranged.
According to Robinson's always entertaining "Police Beat" column, on Jan. 22 a woman - described as near 50 years old and wearing a blue coat, a white hoodie and gray sweatpants - was walking close to traffic and irrationally hollering in the 1300 block of North Highlands Parkway. Her erratic behavior caused quite a commotion, including drawing the attention of a passing police officer, who stopped to ask what the hell she was doing. According to Robinson's account, the woman told the police officer she didn't need any help and was simply yelling at a speeding car.
But that wasn't the end of it.
As the Trib details
About 10 minutes later, another call came from the same area. A 30-year-old man in the Highlands Golf Course parking lot flagged down an officer and complained about a strange woman.
The man drove a 2003 Audi A4, light blue. He said he'd been driving along Highlands Parkway and noticed a woman walking in the road. The man had slowed down and swerved to pass her before entering the parking lot.
As he got out of his car, he saw the woman standing behind him. She yelled at him. He tried to walk away but she followed him all over the lot. The man said he was calling police.
"I am the police!" the woman said. She walked to the rear of his car and kicked it, cracking a taillight, and walked away.
Despite the fact she'd had brief police contact only minutes earlier, the Audi-kicking woman disappeared by the time Tacoma's finest could reappear on the scene. According to the Trib, a resulting search of the area "came up empty."
You can read Robinson's entire "Police Beat" column here, which also includes a grandson allegedly bilking his grandfather, a Gig Harbor woman with a drinking problem, and a man who got the crap kicked out of him by his wife.