Bainbridge blotter | Strange woman in the neighborhood

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

TUESDAY, JULY 24

8:10 p.m. An 18-year-old Bainbridge Island man drove his 2017 Mini Cooper into a large curb planter in the middle of the Bainbridge High School parking lot.

He’d been showing his passenger, a 21-year-old Bainbridge woman, how to work a stick shift, he said.

Multiple nearby units responded, saying they’d been hearing squealing tires for several minutes before the collision.

The man was cited for inattentive driving and operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner without regard for the conditions of the roadway.

The damaged planter was documented.

The car sustained damage serious enough to be towed.

TUESDAY, JULY 31

11:28 a.m. Police were called to a private home in the wake of a suspicious incident.

The homeowner, 65, of Bainbridge, said a strange woman had been trying to open the windows and doors of her house. She said she lives alone and as the house is kind of “run down,” she thought the woman might think it abandoned. She saw the woman walking around the property, peering into windows. She then called through a window and obviously startled the other woman, who told her she was lost and looking for a friend.

The name she gave, however, was of a person who had not lived on the street in several years. The strange woman told the homeowner she’d been picking berries when she saw the house. The two women then chatted through the door screen, exchanging stories of ill relatives they’d cared for. When she left, the women pushed a slip of paper under the door.

The homeowner called police and, while on the phone, examined the paper, which listed the woman’s name and address and phone number.

Upon investigation, police found the woman had an extensive criminal history.

A report was filed.

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