Bainbridge blotter | Four to five beers

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

SATURDAY, FEB. 23

7 p.m. A 68-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested for physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated and driving without a license.

Police received a call that a white truck had struck several vehicles in the Safeway parking lot, near High School Road and Hildebrand Lane. While on their way, police received another call saying the truck had pulled over near Cherry Avenue and the driver was asleep or maybe passed out.

Police approached the truck and found the man asleep, with his keys in one hand and a lighter in the other. They roused him and found his eyes to be glassy, his speech slurred and he smiled strongly of alcoholic beverages. Asked how long he’d been sitting on the side the road, the man said he didn’t know. He asked where he was, the police said Bainbridge. He claimed to not remember being near Safeway recently, though admitted he had been drinking earlier, four to five beers.

Asked what day it was, the man said Friday. Police then told him it was Saturday.

Asked for his license, registration and proof of insurance, the man said he didn’t have them.

He lit a cigarette and police asked if he’d put it out and step out of the truck. He did so, leaning heavily on the door for support. Police noticed, however, he was stumbling.

Asked if he would comply with a voluntary field sobriety test, the man said he’d already told the police he’d been drinking and politely refused to perform the test. He was arrested and his truck impounded.

At the station, the man initially refused to take a breathalyzer test, but after speaking with a public defender, agreed. He blew a .189.

Police were unable to verify that any vehicles had actually been struck by the man in the Safeway parking lot. No reports of hit-and-runs at that time and location have since been filed. The man, however, was found to have two prior DUI convictions, and his license was invalid.

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