Bainbridge blotter | My lawyer’s here now

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

THURSDAY, JULY 4

8:03 p.m. A 41-year-old Bainbridge Island man was arrested for driving under the influence after an off-duty police officer observed him driving erratically from Baker Hill Road to the area of the Wyatt Way and Weaver Road intersection and called to report him.

Police momentarily lost sight of the car, but then found it parked off the road on Wyatt Way, near Ericksen Avenue.

Upon contacting the driver, police noted the strong smell of alcoholic beverages about him. His eyes were red and bloodshot.

The man told police he’d been sitting in his car drinking for the last half hour, which they knew was not true.

Asked if he would perform a field sobriety test, the man insisted on speaking to his lawyer, who he called.

The lawyer arrived on the scene shortly after and conferred, in private, with the man, after which he agreed to the test.

He did poorly, refused to provide a breathalyzer sample and was arrested. At the station a telephonic search warrant was granted and police took two blood samples before transporting the man to the Kitsap County Jail without incident.

As he had no previous DUI arrests, the man’s bail was set at $5,000.

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