Changes at Bainbridge ferry terminal

More than a week after a ferry passenger was charged for breaking windows at the Bainbridge terminal, construction crews opened a temporary walkway and began preparations to dismantle the first 100 feet of the overhead walkway.

According to charging documents filed in Kitsap County Superior Court, a ferry boat captain called the State Patrol after 66-year-old Jan James Tejano from Seattle refused to leave the vessel and began breaking windows. The suspect also refused to allow staff and passengers to exit due to his destructive behavior at about 8:20 p.m. Sept. 5.

A Kitsap County sheriff’s officer and Bainbridge Island police arrived quickly to subdue the subject. The deputy attempted to place the suspect in custody, and he immediately began resisting arrest.

Terminal supervisor Vale Dahl said that when the plank attendant informed the suspect he would not be allowed back onto the ferry, “He got very upset and took his backpack and just started smashing out the windows down by where the plank attendant was, and he also smashed out the fire exit door.”

One large window was broken, along with an exit door. Damage was estimated at more than $5,000.

A trooper wrote in court documents that the suspect was severely intoxicated. “I could smell an overwhelming odor of intoxicants and his behavior was clearly not that of a normal ferry passenger. The pedestrian was yelling obscenities toward all officers on scene and would not stop pulling away and attempting to escape custody.”

Dahl wasn’t too concerned about the damage because all of the overhead walkway is going to be dismantled. “It’s actually kind of exciting. It’ll look so beautiful, once it’s done.”

Construction continues to replace the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal walkway.

Construction continues to replace the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal walkway.