A 25-year-old Poulsbo man was arrested for driving under the influence after police said he drove through a crosswalk at the Bainbridge ferry terminal while pedestrians were crossing the street.
The Washington State Patrol sent a trooper to the ferry terminal just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday,
July 18 after police were called about a driver in a 1999 Land Rover who was “weaving all over the road” while on the way to the ferry.
Witnesses said the driver started yelling at pedestrians in a crosswalk near the ferry, and the driver also argued with a ferry worker in a toll booth who had seen the driver go through the crosswalk on the way to the booth.
Bainbridge police initially responded and the driver was kept in the terminal parking lot while a state trooper responded from Bremerton to the scene to complete the investigation.
The driver allegedly told police he had been in a rush to get to Seattle to visit his father, and admitted not waiting for pedestrians to clear the crosswalk.
The trooper noticed a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the driver, and also said his words were heavily slurred and his eyes were bloodshot and watery.
The driver said he had just come from his home in Poulsbo, where he said he had consumed three Budweisers while drinking with his brother.
Police conducted sobriety tests of the driver on the ferry boarding ramp, and the driver was arrested after he failed the tests.
The man asked to talk to his attorney, and police retrieved his cell phone from his car so the man could talk to his lawyer. He was then taken to the Bainbridge Island Police Department for processing, and, after speaking to his attorney a second time, the driver agreed to take a breath test.
Results from the tests, which were taken approximately 2½ hours after police first responded to the ferry terminal, revealed blood alcohol levels of .135 and .131.
The driver was booked into Kitsap County Jail for DUI and his vehicle was impounded by Gateway Towing.