Bainbridge blotter | Big honkin’ DUI

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


5:05 p.m. A 53-year-old Kingston man was arrested for driving under the influence at the scene of a multi-car collision on High School Road, near the Highway 305 intersection.

Police were called to the scene of the crash and observed a black Audi A4 stopped in the eastbound lane of High School Road, facing west, with obvious front-end damage. Two other cars that were originally stopped in the westbound turn lanes on High School Road were also involved the collision.

A witness in the car behind the Kingston man told police the driver in the Audi had stopped at the light when it was green. The other driver honked his horn, and the man had rapidly accelerated through the intersection and proceeded north on the highway toward High School Road. He got into the left turn lane and again remained stopped at a green light at High School Road. The same driver was again behind him, but did not honk this time.

Suddenly, the Kingston man accelerated through the intersection, turned too wide and hit the curb on the north side of the westbound lane, over-corrected and veered into the vehicles in the eastbound lanes. He struck the rear driver’s side of one vehicle, bounced off, then hit the other head-on.

The witness driver said he spoke with the Kingston man briefly afterward, and thought he was obviously intoxicated.

The driver of the first car that was hit corroborated those events. His 6-year-old daughter was sitting in the rear driver’s side seat in her car seat when the crash happened. The girl was treated at the scene by Bainbridge Island Fire Department paramedics for minor bruising.

The occupants of the second vehicle also corroborated the witness’ story. They were unharmed.

Upon speaking to the driver, police detected the odor of alcoholic beverages about him. Asked what happened, the man said, “I made a poor turn.” Asked if he could be more specific, the man said he made a poor turn and the cars hit each other.

The Kingston man spoke slowly, slouched in his seat, and had reddened eyes. Asked if he’d been drinking that day, the man said he’d consumed two beers. He agreed to perform a field sobriety test, at which he did so poorly he was not asked to perform a breathalyzer before being arrested.

At the police station he agreed to provide samples and the test had results of .189.

During a subsequent interview, the man told police he’d been drinking beer and wine between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., claiming he’d had three drinks all together and that he waited one hour before driving. Asked if he thought his ability to drive had been affected by his drinking, the man said, “Yes, in retrospect.”

He apologized repeatedly, police said, insisting he was embarrassed and that he wanted to be a good citizen.

The man was transported to Kitsap County Jail without incident. Bail was set at $5,000. He said he had been arrested for DUI more than 10 years ago, but had no previous offenses on his criminal history report.

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