Bainbridge blotter | Out-of-control scooter driver

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

FRIDAY, AUG. 10

12:10 p.m. A traffic emphasis patrol was requested for the area of Eagle Harbor Drive NE, near Mac-N-Jacks Automotive Repair.

One resident reported: “Cars are zooming by and trucks with trailers are speeding SO FAST that when they hit the bottom in front of our driveway they sound like they are crashing and losing their load. The road is uneven so it magnifies the sound.”

SATURDAY, AUG. 11

11:56 a.m. A 12-year-old Bainbridge Island boy drove his motorized scooter into the side of a parked vehicle, a 2010 Ford Flex, on Sound View Drive.

Upon arrival, police found the boy sitting near the scene crying. When asked what happened, he said he’d been talking to his friend when he started to move forward and lost control of his scooter. He said he felt awful.

Police told him that as the motor scooter was technically a licensed vehicle, he was not supposed to be driving it on the road without a license.

The boy said his father had recently bought his brother and himself scooters; he did not know he wasn’t allowed to drive it on the road.

Police examined the car, found scratches on the rear passenger side door and collected the driver’s insurance information. They then took the boy home and spoke to his father, who said he also did not know his son wasn’t allowed to drive the scooter on the road.

The father’s insurance information was collected.

He was advised to keep his son off the roadway until he had a driver’s license.

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