Police blotter: Drinking a final drink before the first drink

If you drank your last drink before you started drinking….did you even drink at all?

Tough questions like these are best left to the judge.

Read on for more on this boozy paradox, as well as more vandalism at the high school track and the hubby-beating beer can ripper, in this week’s police blotter….

Nov. 29
Drunk driving: A Seattle woman was arrested for drunk driving after she rear-ended another vehicle on State Route 305 shortly after 3 p.m. Police were initially called to respond to the collision, which caused no injuries. Police observed that the suspect smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on her feet. When asked if she’d been drinking, the woman replied “no,” but immediately said “I had a bottle…a glass of wine a little while ago.” Police transported her to the county jail. During the trip, she repeatedly asked an officer if they were in Poulsbo yet, despite having been told the jail is in Port Orchard.

Assault: A Bainbridge woman was arrested for assaulting and injuring her husband at their Manzanita Road home shortly after 1 a.m. Upon arrival at their home, police noticed the suspect was unsteady on her feet and slurred her words. She said her husband had called her “ugly” and that she, in response, threw a beer can at him. She also admitted to having consumed wine.The victim said he had recently returned home and that his wife, who had recently been drinking about a bottle of wine a day, was angry about household issues. The victim deflected about a dozen blows from his wife before she twisted a beer can in his hand, causing the metal to rip and cut his hand. He told police he consumed about four beers. The suspect was booked at the county jail.

Drunk: A Bainbridge youth was arrested on Weaver Road for being in control of a vehicle while intoxicated. An officer had observed that the suspect appeared intoxicated as he left the Safeway store on High School Road. The officer followed the youth’s vehicle to an unlit residence on Weaver. The suspect failed a series of field sobriety tests and gave contradictory and nonsensical accounts of how much he had to drink. When asked what time he had his last drink, the suspect responded “One hour before I started drinking.”

Nov. 28
Theft: A purse was stolen from a Bainbridge woman while she watched a movie at Bainbridge Cinemas on Madison Avenue. The small purse contained a debit card, identification, keys and a cell phone. The victim had noticed that the couple behind her had “bolted” shortly after the movie ended just after 4 p.m. The victim and her boyfriend searched the theater and tried calling the phone in the purse but could not hear its ring. The woman who had been sitting behind the victim approached and held up her own purse, according to the victim. “Did you lose something? You can search my purse,” the woman reportedly said. The victim felt this was “an odd thing to say” and took down the license plate of the vehicle the couple drove away in. An officer went to the suspected woman’s home and discussed the matter with her. The officer decided that her “suspicious” behavior was actually rational. She and her boyfriend had “bolted” from the theater to use the bathroom, and offered to let the suspect search her clothes and purse after being pointed out as a potential suspect by the victim. Police closed the case pending new leads.

Nov. 27
Dog bite: A dog bit a girl’s face outside the Sportsman Club on Sportsman Club Road just before 2:30 p.m. According to the girl’s father, the dog, an old border collie, bit his daughter as the family left the club. The dog had been tied to the club’s porch. The bite caused a small cut under one of the girl’s eyes. The owner, who was also inside the club, told police his dog has never bit anyone before. Animal control was notified. The girl was taken to Silverdale for medical attention.

Nov. 25
Severed: Police assisted the fire department in responding to an incident at a Winslow Way construction site where a man severed two of his fingers. The man, who was working alone at the former Winslow Way Cafe, had severed his left middle finger and cut off his left ring finger. There was no evidence of drug or alcohol use. The victim was transported by ferry to Harborview Hospital in Seattle.

Theft: A construction utility trailer was broken into and vandalized at the Bainbridge High School track. A commercial blower, valued at $900, and paint, valued at $320, was stolen. The unknown suspects used black spray paint found inside the trailer to spray “Bainbridge rules” on a side of the trailer.

Burglary: A window was smashed in an attempted burglary at a the Hyla Middle School library on Bucklin Hill Road. Nothing in the library appeared stolen or out of place. Police believe the burglar left the scene after an alarm was triggered. Damage to the window was estimated at $500.

Nov. 24
Theft: A Bainbridge resident reported that someone used her credit card to make almost $2,000 in fraudulent charges at Texas Wal-Mart stores.

Nov. 23
Drunk driving: A man was arrested for drunk driving and drug possession on Manitou Beach Drive just before 9 p.m. Police initially noticed the man’s van had a defective license plate light. Signals to pull over were unheeded until an officer turned on his siren. Despite the suspect lighting up a cigarette immediately after being pulled over, the officer could smell the strong odor of alcohol coming from the suspect’s breath. The man admitted to having consumed three drinks at a Winslow bar, and a couple drinks before that. A search of the man’s clothes located a half gram of marijuana.