A Stevensville man and Corvallis woman face felony charges following an incident Wednesday that left three Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office vehicles with slashed tires.
Thomas Ora Parker, Jr., 38, of Stevensville appeared Thursday in Ravalli County Justice Court on felony counts of criminal mischief and obstructing justice and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
Nichole Marie Tripp, 35, of Corvallis was arraigned on a felony charge of attempted escape and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
According to charging affidavits filed in the cases, two Ravalli County Sheriff’s officers arrived at a residence on Park Place in Stevensville to serve a felony arrest warrant on Tripp on Jan. 6.
They were met by a juvenile female, who invited the deputies inside. The girl told deputies that Tripp was upstairs, but she had been advised not to open the door for law enforcement. The homeowner appeared and told the deputies how to get upstairs.
The deputies were greeted by Parker and another woman. Parker allegedly told the officers that Tripp was not there, but the woman said she was in the bathroom.
Tripp did not respond when the officers called out to tell her to surrender.
The officers ordered Parker to exit the room. He did, but then repeatedly attempted to re-enter.
The officers found Tripp hiding under a linen closet shelf in the bathroom. When an officer ordered her to surrender, she allegedly replied: “No, no, you’re gonna have to (expletive) shoot me before I go anywhere with you guys.”
The affidavit said Tripp could not be physically removed from the area where she was hiding. After telling her she would be tased if she didn’t comply, an officer used his taser to “drive-stun” her in the thigh.
While she continued to physically resist and pull away, the officers handcuffed her and placed her in the backseat of a patrol vehicle. Tripp unlatched a seatbelt and climbed through the safety glass into the front cabin.
After one of the officers noticed the patrol vehicle was rocking, he apprehended Tripp before she could escape.
On the way to the detention center, the officer noticed that a tire on his vehicle had been slashed. Officers found that two other patrol vehicles also had slashed tires.
The deputies suspected that Parker had slashed the tires. The affidavit said he had fled the scene. Parker had previously said he was in possession of a knife.
Parker was located at a nearby residence.
When an officer attempted to place him under arrest, he pulled his arm away and turned around to square off in a fighting stance. The affidavit said Parker was then tased, but he continued to resist arrest.
After being placed in custody, the affidavit said Parker was apologetic and stated he should be changing the tires.
Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray set bond at $25,000 for both individuals.