Bainbridge blotter | Lame excuse

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


3:24 p.m. The Bainbridge Island Fire Department requested police assistance in responding to a woman who had allegedly fallen in an alley in downtown Winslow and was complaining of leg pain.

The woman, 52, had been contacted by the fire and police departments multiple times in the previous days, according to the police report, and each time she was intoxicated and “making up ailments in an attempt to get a ride to Harrison Medical Center.”

In the past, according to the report, the woman has used emergency services “as a taxi and as soon as she gets to the hospital she refuses service and walks out.”

The woman told medical responders she’d been drinking and needed a ride to the hospital because she’d fallen. She appeared to lose consciousness in the medical rig as paramedics were attempting to take her blood pressure. A search of her belongings turned up no pills or medications that might explain her condition — but did reveal she’d been carrying an open bottle of vodka.

Paramedics found nothing medially wrong with the woman, who remained unresponsive.

A police officer explained the situation to her, and though she did not open her eyes, he wrote, “it was clear she could hear me and it was clear she’d been drinking.”

Police explained to the woman a report would be written and forwarded to the court and a warrant might be issued for her arrest. She “tried hard not to move,” according to the report, “but was clear she was trying to hold herself together to get a ride to the hospital.”

Police told her the paramedics found no reason to take her to the hospital and they would not transport her, though the officer would give her a ride home if she liked.

The woman refused, then again pretended to lose consciousness.

She was told to get out of the ambulance or she’d be arrested.

She woke up, begrudgingly got out, and was assisted to her walker.

Less than two hours later, police received a call about the same woman from a concerned citizen at the post office. She left immediately upon seeing police arrive.

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