Bainbridge blotter | DUI driver: ‘I’m blasted’

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


2:20 a.m. A 2009 Volkswagen Jetta was found on the east side of Highway 305 near the intersection with West Port Madison.

The car had been left abandoned after it left the road and struck a power/switch box for the street lights, and the vehicle was still resting on the power box.

Police discovered the vehicle was registered to someone who lived nearby, and that a 35-year-old Bainbridge woman had been driving the car earlier.

The woman said she had two glasses of wine earlier in Poulsbo, and said she mush have been driving too fast to make the turn, and said she went up and over the embankment before hitting the power box.

The Washington State Patrol responded and began a DUI investigation.


8:40 p.m. Police were called to a hit-and-run report on Madison Avenue near Wyatt Way.

The vehicle and a suspect were found nearby. A 29-year-old Port Hadlow man in a 1993 Geo Metro was driving south on Madison Avenue and turned right onto Wyatt Way.

A witness said the driver nearly struck another vehicle when he turned, then went up onto the sidewalk.

The witness said she thought the driver hit a tree and then kept going, but police determined the man had struck a retaining wall.

When police found the Geo, the front right corner of the car had fresh damage and the vehicle also had a flat tire.

The driver told police he was “blasted” and was trying to get home to Port Hadlock. He said he had been heading south on Grow Avenue when he discovered his car would go no farther.

A breath test resulted in a reading of .181.

The man was charged with DUI and hit-and-run.

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