Bainbridge blotter | DUI dinghy dilemma

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

SUNDAY, AUG. 18

8:59 p.m. Police and firefighters were called to the city dock in downtown Winslow for a water rescue.

A man had fallen in the water while trying to get into a dinghy. An elderly man was trying to assist him with a fish net from the dock, though the man in the water was about 30 feet away.

Fire personnel got the man back on the dock and he was found to be intoxicated, but not injured.

The man, later identified as a 57-year-old Bainbridge resident, was determined to get into another dingy and row out to his boat. Police advised that in order for them allow him to do that, he’d need to blow into a breathalyzer and prove he was under the legal limit.

He agreed, and promptly blew .233.

Due to his high level of intoxication, police decided it was unsafe to allow the man to row back to his boat. He was taken to the Quality Inn for the night. Because his wallet was on his boat, a city credit card was used to pay for the room.

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