Ferry line threat leads to arrest

A man is accused of threatening to slash a driver’s tires because he felt she cut him off in line.

A 52-year-old Monroe man is accused of threatening to slash a fellow driver’s car tires with a knife because he felt she cut him off in line at the Clinton ferry dock on March 14, according to court papers.

Arnold F. Pretz Jr. appeared in Island County Superior Court the next day and the judge found probable cause existed to believe he committed the crimes of assault in the second degree, driving while under the influence and driving without a license.

The judge set Pretz’ bail at $5,000. He posted it on March 18.

A woman reported that she was waiting in line to pay to board the ferry when a man, later identified as Pretz, approached her van and yelled at her to roll down her window, claiming that she had cut him off, according to a report by a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office

When the confused woman didn’t roll down the window, Pretz allegedly called her a sexist slur and made “indecent comments” about her being an attractive woman who thinks she can get away with anything because of her gender, the report states.

Pretz pulled a knife out and threatened to cut her tires if she did not open the window, the deputy wrote; he also allegedly tried to open her van door while brandishing the blade.

A father and son in another car tried to intervene, the report states.

A deputy contacted Pretz and had him drive his pickup to a parking area. The deputy noted that Pretz smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes, he wrote.

The deputy’s report states that Pretz was convicted of DUI in 2020.