A bitter and twisted lawyer in Seattle has been busted engaging in a bit of vandalism and name-calling in what appears to be a crusade against bad drivers.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that lawyer Ronald Clarke Mattson has been accused of keying at least three cars, including one which was deliberately parked askew in an attempt to catch Mattson out.
The first incident occurred in March when a woman returned to her Ford SUV to discover an angry note, penned on Washington Athletic Club stationery, on her windscreen. The note's author politely suggested she "take some parking lessons" and called her an idiot. The woman later realised someone had dragged a key across her car doors.
The second incident involved another woman who also returned to her car to find an angry note stuck on her Volvo station wagon. "Where did you learn how to park, Dweeb!!" it read, also scribed on Washington Athletic Club stationery.
According to Mattson's charge documents, fed up building security officers eventually set up a sting operation in which they parked a Pontiac sedan askew in the area where the other cars had been keyed.
As surveillance officers watched, Mattson drove straight into the net: he passed the Pontiac in his silver Porsche, stopped, reversed back, parked and then approached the car.
Security officers later told police that Mattson was caught fair red handed scratching the Pontiac.