Bainbridge blotter | Crashed in the woods

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

SUNDAY, NOV. 11

8:48 a.m. A 24-year-old Bainbridge Island man was arrested for hit-and-run property damage, driving with a suspended license, and violating a vehicle ignition interlock requirement.

Police were dispatched to investigate a suspicious vehicle, a black 2004 Mercedes, parked in the woods near Bill Point Drive. The car was unoccupied, but the front windshield was shattered, and the front bumper damaged rather badly. There was a clear corner and edges in the center of the windshield damage, and some wooden debris, indicating it probably struck a sign post.

The vehicle owner, who lived nearby, was known to police, having two extraditable misdemeanor warrants from Eastern Washington, for driving with a suspended license and driving without an ignition interlock device, also one for driving under the influence.

A search of the nearby roads revealed a downed Chevron sign at at the intersection of Eagle Harbor Drive and Wyatt Way NW. The sign appeared to have been struck by a car trying to turn onto Eagle Harbor Drive. It was snapped off near the base and there were tire tracks on both sides of the post. The debris surrounding the broken sign matched what was found near the damaged car. Police went to see the owner, who answered the door with his mother.

The man was unhurt, he said, and told police he’d been driving home the night before when a deer ran out in front of him. He’d swerved to avoid it and hit the sign. He did not report it, he said, because he was shook up and scared. Also, he knew he had a suspended license and was not supposed to be driving.

The man was arrested for his open warrants and charges relating to the collision were forwarded to the prosecutor. He was taken to Kitsap County Jail without incident.

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