Bainbridge Police Blotter | FYI | April 17
April 20, 2009 · Updated 11:47 AM
Bainbridge Police reported the following incidents. See an interactive map of incidents below.
8:21 p.m. An officer on foot patrol at Bainbridge High School was told by a girls lacrosse coach that two men sitting in a nearby car had been watching her practice and acting suspiciously. The officer approached the vehicle and recognized the two men from numerous criminal incidents. Neither was a student or parent of a student at BHS. The officer noted that each man had an open can of Icehouse beer tucked by their feet. The men appeared “befuddled and embarrassed” but denied that they were there to watch girls on the field. One said they had come hoping to see a football game. The officer reminded him that football is a fall sport. The officer poured out the open beers and found several more empty cans behind the seat. He ordered the men to leave the vehicle and walk away, which they did. The officer returned two hours later, and the vehicle was gone.
11:15 a.m. A woman left her Toyota Rav4 parked in neutral in the driveway of a house for sale on Diamond Place. As the woman inspected the exterior of the house, her Toyota rolled down the driveway and rammed the garage, knocking out a section of wall. The vehicle sustained minor front end damage. The real estate agent contacted the home’s owners. The case was recorded.
7 p.m. Police responded to Waterfront Park after employees of a nearby store reported that the some apparently intoxicated girls had walked in that direction. Officers found the two girls, along with a juvenile male, sitting at a picnic table. The officers noted that the blonde female was having trouble focusing and asked her how much she had drunk. In a slurred voice, the girl denied having drunk any alcohol, but volunteered that her companions had been drinking rum. “She paid for the part of rum,” the blonde said, pointing at the other female. The second girl and the boy also denied having drunk alcohol. All three agreed to portable breath alcohol tests and all three tests were positive. The minors were arrested for possession/consumption of alcohol. They were released to their parents. A report was forwarded to prosecutors.
3:40 a.m. Police discovered six traffic signs in the area of SR-305 and Lovegreen Road had been pulled up and left on the roadway. Public works was contacted to reset the signs. No suspects.
4:19 p.m. A driver was stopped on SR-305 near Madison Avenue after his vehicle was clocked at 70 mph. He was found to have a California driver’s license that expired 11 years ago. The driver was cited.
12:21 p.m. A 29-foot sailboat ran aground off Wing Point. The skipper told officers aboard the police boat that he had been following an apparently faulty GPS unit. The boat was not taking on water. The police boat monitored the situation until 3:30 p.m., when the tide had risen enough to free the sailboat. The boat was not seriously damaged and the skipper continued sailing for Shilshole marina.
12:22 p.m. A citizen turned in a passport found on Winslow Way. The passport had a Arkansas address. Police left a message with the listed phone number.
6:34 p.m. Police and aid responded to the corner of SR-305 and Madison Avenue where a yellow car had driven off an embankment and 50 feet into the woods. The motorist had apparently attempted to turn from northbound SR-305 onto westbound Madison Avenue at 60 mph with predictable results. The driver said he had tried to downshift into third gear but lost control. The driver had a scrape on his hand but declined first aid. An officer noted that his breath smelled of alcohol. The man admitted to having drunk “a couple of beers on the ferry.” The man was arrested for driving under the influence based on several failed field sobriety tests and a portable breath test that registered 0.154 BAC. He was transported to Kitsap County Jail.
11:29 p.m. A Poulsbo man driving a Chrysler was stopped on SR-305 near West Port Madison Road after an officer clocked the vehicle at 69 mph. The officer contacted the driver and immediately smelled alcohol. When asked if he had been drinking, the driver responded “Yeah, I’ve had a few.” The officer asked the man to step out of the car so it could be determined whether he was sober enough to drive. “No I’m probably not alright to drive,” the man said. The man swayed heavily upon exiting the vehicle. He was arrested for driving under the influence following a breath test. The man said he wasn’t sure how much he had drunk but said it was a lot and that he shouldn’t have been driving. An officer asked if it was more than 12 drinks. “That’s about right,” the man replied. The vehicle was impounded and the man was booked into Kitsap County Jail. The man’s blood alcohol content registered 0.215 in a test at the jail.
9:46 a.m. A witness told police that a pair of frolicking eagles were responsible for the collapse of a boat shed on Point Monroe lagoon. The witness had been taking photographs in the area when she saw the two eagles land on the shed’s roof, and the shed collapse into the water. The shed was empty at the time of the collapse. The shed appeared to belong to a residence that was for sale. Police contacted the property owner and notified him of the shed collapse. The structure did not appear to be in danger of floating away.
10:35 a.m. A small sailboat, sans mast, was reported drifting in Agate Pass near the bridge. The police boat found the sailboat and towed it to Port Madison. The sailboat was still attached to a mooring buoy and a few feet of rotted mooring line. But an officer noted that the boat’s tiller was centered and lashed down, as though the boat had been under tow. The boat had not been registered for years so an owner could not be contacted. The case was referred to the harbormaster.
10:59 p.m. An officer picked up a pedestrian who had been walking along an unlit stretch of Fletcher Bay Road. The pedestrian, a juvenile male, smelled strongly of alcohol and the officer asked him how much he had drunk. The youth denied having drunk any alcohol but after some persuasion, admitted to having drunk a couple of beers at a party he had just left. The officer called back up and drove to the Fletcher Bay residence. The party had apparently been taking place in a detached garage while the homeowner was asleep in the main house. Officers took names from the juveniles present at the party and contacted parents. A report was forwarded to prosecutors and police recommended the homeowner be charged for supplying a premise for underage drinking.
11:51 a.m. A resident called 911 to report the illegal dumping of yard waste near Gazzam Lake. The woman said she had seen a man unloading yard debris from a truck on a driveway that also serves as an access to the park. She relayed a partial license plate number to police and said the truck had sped off down Baker Hill Road. The officer found a pile of bamboo clippings near an “Open Space” sign at the park. Another pile was found by a nearby water tower. Later that day the officer spotted a man matching the suspect’s description driving a truck on Miller Road. The officer lost sight of the truck briefly but found it again at a residence near Cala Woods. The driver admitted to dumping on the south end of the island. As they talked, a relative of the driver, who had apparently hired him to do yard work, came out of the residence and berated the driver. She said she had paid him to take the waste to the dump. The driver said he had spent the money on gas. Under the supervision of the officer, the driver reloaded the illegally dumped material and took it to the transfer station. Property owners declined to press charges.
5:05 p.m. A citizen found a driver’s license in the parking lot of City Hall. It was placed in found property at the police station.
1:41 p.m. A box of items was stolen from a carport on Adas Will Lane. The resident said the box contained brass bookends and an old box-type camera.
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