Bainbridge Police Blotter | FYI, Oct. 18

Bainbridge Police reported the following incidents:


11:46 a.m. A man reported that his vehicle had been “keyed” while it was parked in a lot on Manitou Park Boulevard. Blackberries had also been smeared on the side of the car. The man said he was taking a class and had been having trouble with some of his classmates but wasn’t sure if they were involved. Damage was valued at $200.

12:57 p.m. A woman looking for a backpack she had lost in Winslow instead came across a pair of Apple earphones. The earphones appeared to have come from an iPhone. They were turned into the police station and booked into storage.

1:37 p.m. An officer saw a woman previously cited for driving with a suspended license, driving a Jeep Cherokee south on Fletcher Bay Road. The officer turned to follow the Jeep but it had disappeared, presumably down a driveway. The officer waited on the roadside and the Jeep reappeared and continued south. The Jeep was pulled over and its driver was contacted. The driver “feigned surprise” when she was informed that her license was still suspended. She was arrested and booked into jail on $1,000 bail.


12:22 a.m. An officer observed a Saturn driving north on Madison Avenue with license tabs that had expired in February 2008. After the officer activated the patrol car’s emergency lights and flashed its spotlight several times, the Saturn finally pulled over. The driver, a Bainbridge woman, appeared intoxicated and was confused when the officer told her why she had been pulled over. The officer invited her to look at the tabs herself, and the woman walked unsteadily to the back of the car. After studying the tabs, she told the officer “Well, it’s not February yet.” The officer tried several times to explain that February had already past, without success. The woman admitted to having drunk “a couple of glasses of wine” at a Winslow Way bar before driving. After field sobriety tests and a breath test she was arrested for driving under the influence. En route to jail the woman began yelling that she worked at a well respected island business and that the officer was “screwing up her life.” She was booked into Kitsap County Jail on $5,000 bail.

3:32 a.m. A vehicle was stopped on Arrow Point Drive after an officer saw it weave over the centerline several times. The smell of alcohol was apparent in the general vicinity of the vehicle, and grew stronger as the officer approached. The driver, a 20-year-old Bainbridge resident, and a 21-year-old passenger were contacted. Both appeared intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol. The driver said he had not been drinking and had been driving erratically because he was “tired” and it was “night time.” The passenger admitted to drinking. The driver showed poor balance on several field sobriety tests. In a verbal test he reshuffled the alphabet, swapping the letter L for X, N for F, O for U and C for P, while slurring the rest of the letters together. When asked how he thought he had performed on the test he replied “not very good.” Following a breath test he was arrested for driving under the influence and as an intoxicated minor. The officer asked the driver if he wanted to discuss his arrest. “Not right now,” he said, “let’s just get going.” He was booked into Kitsap County Jail.

7:10 p.m. A car hit a deer while driving southbound on SR-305 near Madison Avenue. The driver complained of head, neck and back pain and was taken to Providence Hospital in Seattle. The deer was dead when officers arrived.

7:26 p.m. An officer responded to Town and Country Market, where a juvenile was being held for shoplifting. Store security had contacted the 17-year-old after seeing him trying to conceal two containers of Olde English malt liquour in his jacket. The juvenile was arrested for shoplifting and minor in possession of alcohol. He was held at the police station and released to a friend of the family.


12:54 a.m. An officer stopped a Lexus near Head of the Bay after observing it speeding and swerving erratically on Wyatt Way. Its driver, a Bainbridge man, smelled of alcohol. The man did not have proof of insurance and provided a Visa card as identification. The officer told the man that it was obvious he had been drinking and the man admitted that he had just left a Winslow Way bar. The man was arrested for driving under the influence following field sobriety tests and a breath test. As he was driven to jail the man ranted about how much he hated living in Washington. “Cops in California have better things to do than arrest people for drinking,” he told the officer. He was booked into Kitsap County Jail on $5,000 bail.

8:19 a.m. A 2001 BMW X5 was reported stolen from a residence on Wing Point Way. The resident told police he had left the car unlocked, with his keys, wallet, vehicle registration and vehicle title inside. A stolen vehicle report was issued. At noon the resident alerted police that he had found the vehicle at a ferry terminal parking lot. The vehicle was unlocked and its keys were inside but a debit card, BMW owner’s manual and $180 in cash were missing. The vehicle appeared undamaged. Police could not find fingerprints inside.


3:04 a.m. An officer stopped to inspect a Ford Bronco parked next to a berry stand on SR-305. A woman wrapped in a blanket was slumped in the passenger seat. The vehicle was filled with clothing, household items and food, as though someone was living in it. A methamphetamine pipe was visible through the window. The officer knocked on the vehicle and the woman awoke. She said she had just gotten off the ferry and wasn’t sure where she was. She denied that the pipe was hers, and said she didn’t do drugs anymore. The woman was handcuffed and searched after a second officer arrived on the scne. She told the officers that she believed her ex-boyfriend had planted the pipe as a way of “setting her up.” A Poulsbo officer and K9 unit were called to the scene to search the vehicle. The K9 unit sniffed out a small amount of methamphetamine, four pills of hydrocodone and a small amount of loose marijuana. The woman gave several incongruent stories for how she had ended up on the side of SR-305. She was arrested on drug charges and booked into Kitsap County Jail on $10,000 bail.

9:37 a.m. A Mazda van parked on Alder Avenue was reported prowled. Its owner said the vehicle had been unlocked the night before and a small amount of change had been taken from its center console. Nothing else appeared missing. The case was recorded.

3:05 p.m. A Bainbridge High School student reported that he had been the victim of a prank. Someone had taken a purple and red paint stick and written the words “I’m a poop” and “poop” on the students pickup while it was parked at the school. The paint covered every part of the vehicle, including windows and headlights. The paint rubbed off easily by hand. The student said he could not think of any suspects, or recall any recent disagreements.


1:28 p.m. A woman’s car was damaged after she drove through a puddle of wet paint on Baker Hill Road on September 20. She said their was a large amount of white and pink paint spelling out a year on the roadway, “Like the kids do during graduation.” The paint had splashed onto all the vehicle’s fenders, side panels, bumper and undercarriage and had damaged it’s gel coat. The woman was just now filing an insurance claim and needed a police report.

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