Bainbridge blotter | Speeding while DUI

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


10:12 p.m. A 20-year-old Bainbridge Island man was arrested for driving under the influence after crashing into a PSE power pole and causing a fire in the roadside brush.

The man was driving a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee south on Moran Road from Madison Avenue at a “high rate of speed,” according to the police report, when he left the roadway and hit either a pothole or a puddle. He over-corrected and served across the road, then over-corrected again and finally struck a power pole owned by PSE.

The pole broke in half and fell into the roadway, dragging with it three live power lines. The vehicle went through a single line, severing it in half, which started the fire in the brush.

Ultimately, the driver was found to be intoxicated (he blew a .136 during a breathalyzer test) and did poorly in field sobriety tests. He was arrested and the vehicle impounded.