Bainbridge blotter | Stop-and-go collision

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

5:06 p.m. An 18-year-old Bainbridge Island man driving a 2009 Honda Civic rear-ended a 2010 Dodge Ram, driven by a 42-year-old Tacoma man at the intersection of Highway 305 and Madison Avenue as both drivers were heading north.

Both vehicles were damaged, but no injuries were reported.

The Bainbridge man was cited for inattentive driving.

MONDAY, SEPT. 24

7:50 a.m. A two-car collision resulted in one driver being taken to the hospital and traffic backing up in the area of Highway 305 and West Port Madison Road.

Police arrived on the scene to find a black Dodge pickup truck with a construction rack in the bed sitting in the southbound lane of the highway. Behind it was a white panel van, the front of which was underneath the back of the truck. The van’s front body, including the radiator, was pushed up into the driver’s compartment.

The driver of the van, a 29-year-old Bremerton man, told police there had been stop-and-go traffic and he’d realized too late that the truck in front of him was stopped again when he’d been unable to break in time to avoid hitting it.

He was not injured. He had no driver’s license, saying he knew it was suspended and that he wasn’t supposed to be driving. Police checked and found that not only was the man’s license suspended, but he was required to install an interlock device, which the van did not have. The man explained the van was not his, but did provide insurance information for the vehicle.

The driver of the truck, a 53-year-old Poulsbo man, was transported by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, complaining of head and shoulder injuries.

Police ascertained that the Poulsbo man’s license was likewise suspended and that he, too, was required to have an interlock device installed, which he did not.

The owner of the van arrived and told police he knew the man he’d loaned it to had a suspended license.

The truck was impounded. The van was towed.

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