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Bainbridge Police Blotter | Feb. 26
Bainbridge Police reported the following incidents:
11:43 a.m. A man was cited for theft and trespassing after taking a portion of his cousin’s firewood without permission.
The owner of the wood told police that his brother saw his cousin take the wood from his property. When the brother confronted his cousin, the cousin said he received permission to be on the land and take the firewood, which he claimed was for his mother.
The owner of the wood told his brother and later police that he hadn’t allowed his cousin on the land.
On the contrary, the owner said a large portion of his firewood had been stolen recently and he thought the cousin may have been the culprit.
The brother told police that the cousin took approximately 50 pieces of wood, worth about $120. When the brother went to his aunt’s house to get contact information for the cousin, the cousin left a message that he was planning to pay back the owner for the cost of the wood.
When police confronted the cousin, he told them he was planning to reimburse the owner for his wood.
The cousin said he was given permission to take wood from the property before and didn’t think this situation was any different. Police told him that the owner of the property had a substantial amount of wood stolen from him, and he wasn’t happy about it.
The man was accompanied back to the property to return the wood, and he was charged with third-degree theft and second-degree trespass.
1:37 a.m. Police pulled over a man after a check of his plates revealed he was driving with a suspended license. Upon contacting the driver, officers ascertained that he was driving under the influenced, and arrested the man for DUI.
Officers observed a vehicle quickly pulling into, and then out of, the Rolling Bay Jiffy Mart, which wasn’t open. A nearby patrolling officer ran the man’s plates and learned his license was suspended.
While talking to the driver, the officer noticed the man slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol. When police asked the man why he was driving, he said, “I don’t know.”
Officers asked the driver to perform several sobriety tests. When the man got out of the car, he had a difficult time standing and leaned against the car for balance.
Following the tests, he was arrested for DUI.
Officers asked the man how much he had to drink that night, to which he responded, “a lot.” The man said he was going to Jiffy Mart to get more beer.
Later that evening the man blew two breathalyzer samples of .315 and .295. After a medical examination deemed the man was fit enough for incarceration, he was booked into Kitsap County Jail.
5:06 a.m. Police were summoned to the Washington State Ferry terminal to deal with a belligerent driver attempting to take a gas can on board.
A WSF rule prohibits gas cans on vessels. When a WSF employee alerted the driver of the rule, the man became belligerent, grabbed the employee’s name badge and demanded to know his name.
When officers arrived they noticed the man seemed extremely nervous and hyper. The employee told police that the man attempted to board before being allowed to do so.
Police thought the man’s vehicle looked suspicious because of the inordinate number of stickers supporting drug use and subversive groups and because he was first in line, nearly an hour before the first ferry of the morning.
The man’s actions hinted at drug use, the report said, but police were unable to determine whether or not he was impaired.
Police had the gas can placed in a locker on the boat for the man to pick up when the ferry arrived in Seattle.