Police: Woman blocking hospital driveway pummels annoyed driver with cane

SEATTLE -- A married couple are facing assault charges after they attacked a man and his Mini Cooper with fists and a wooden cane after he had the temerity to ask them to stop blocking a driveway at Harborview Medical Center, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the husband pulled into a no-parking zone near the Harborview entrance around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 so his wife could get out, proceeding to block a driveway in the process.

When the woman, who admitted to taking a few minutes to get out of the car, finally did start to get out, a driver behind the couple honked his horn and yelled out his open window, telling the couple they couldn't park there, according to the report.

The woman reportedly yelled back at the other driver, walked over to his car, and told him to calm down and wait. She then -- failing to take her own advice -- whacked the side of his Mini Cooper with her wooden cane, according to the report.

This only further upset the other driver, who started yelling at the woman again. According to the report, the woman responded by repeatedly hitting the Mini Cooper's door and roof with her cane.

The man later told officers he stuck his hand out the window to try to stop the cane from damaging his car, and the woman started hitting his hand and arm.

According to the report, the woman followed up her flurry of cane strikes by yelling that the driver was hitting her; this despite the fact that two witnesses said the driver never got out of his car and never hit the woman.

The woman's husband, hearing his wife in distress, got out of his car, walked over and punched the other driver in the face, according to the report. The above witnesses would later describe it as a unexpected sucker punch.

Harborview security staff separated the parties and called police. Officers arrived to find the victim with a bloody nose, a cut lip and scratches to his face. His car was dented and its paint damaged.

The married couple was interviewed and released from the scene, but officers are recommending they be charged with assault and property damage.