Bainbridge blotter | DUI driver causes power outage

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9

2:22 p.m. An 84-year-old Bainbridge Island man, driving a silver Toyota RAV4, was arrested for driving under the influence after he ran a stop sign and struck a power line pole.

The pole broke off and energized lines fell across the vehicle. Both Bainbridge police and fire department personnel responded, along with Puget Sound Energy.

Once the power had been shut off, fire department responders got the man out of the car. He was slurring his speech and was uncooperative, though apparently unharmed. Also, he smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages.

There was an open bottle on the front passenger floorboard that was spilling Gordon’s gin.

The man was put in the back of an ambulance and asked to perform a breathalyzer test. The man agreed and blew a .151. When asked if he had been drinking, the man said, “I drink a lot of white wine.”

A preliminary investigation suggested the man had been traveling east on NE Yaquina Avenue, blew through the stop sign at the Ferncliff Avenue NE intersection and then went off the road just after the stop sign. The vehicle went down the drainage ditch for about 20 meters before striking the pole.

The man was taken to Harrison Medical Center-Bremerton, where he had blood drawn for further samples and to test for the presence of any additional drugs. He was charged with driving under the influence.

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