Police blotter: Driver crashes truck while “showing off” for girls


There’s an item in this week’s blotter that describes something that sounds like some kind of modern, gas-powered mating dance. A young Bainbridge man out for a spin in his pickup truck spots three young ladies on the roadside. He eases his truck over and begins to chat them up. He revs his engine. It grows louder and louder. It’s not in the police report, but I can imagine a raised eyebrow or perhaps a knowing wink. Then he peels out, traveling with great speed into what would preferably be a sunset, or a long desert highway or maybe ramp that launches his pickup through six flaming rings. But in this case, he headed straight into….a BMW.

Blotter’s below.

April 12
Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving on Highway 305 near Vineyard Lane just after 10:30 p.m. Police initially observed the suspect’s car traveling with an inoperative headlight on High School Road. The car also failed to stop at a stop sign, made an illegal U-turn and was swerving in its lane. The car sped up as a patrol car neared and activated its emergency lights. Police had to speed up to 90 mph to catch up with the car. The car suddenly made an illegal left turn on to Vineyard Lane, where the suspect is a resident. The suspect then slammed his car’s brakes, staggered out of the car and put his hands in the air. The suspect smelled strongly of alcohol. He said that he is not licensed to drive. When asked why he sped away from police, the suspect said he was just trying to get out of the way. Police learned that the suspect has a drunk driving warrant for an arrest in King County, and that his driving status had been revoked. The suspect declined to answer questions. Police found an open bottle of hard lemonade in the passenger side of the car. He was taken to the county jail.

April 11
Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving on North Madison Avenue just before 12:45 p.m. Police initially noticed the suspect’s SUV swerving in its lane on Highway 305. The SUV nearly collided with a concrete barrier while making a turn on to Madison. The officer activated his emergency lights when the SUV began swerving and traveling at about 10 mph over the speed limit. The suspect smelled strongly of alcohol, slurred his words and had trouble finding and handling his ID and proof of insurance. He admitted he’d had a few drinks with dinner before traveling to the island by ferry. After failing a series of field sobriety tests, the suspect was transported to the county jail.

April 6
Crash: A Bainbridge man’s SUV was made inoperative after it sustained substantial front-end damage in a crash on Fletcher Bay Road just before 6:30 p.m. The man said he was distracted by his digital music player when his SUV struck a dirt bank and a tree. He suffered a cut on his hand during the collisions.

April 5
Assault: A Bainbridge man was arrested for assaulting his wife at their Cave Avenue home just after 6 p.m. Police saw pieces of wooden furniture scattered around the dining room when they arrived at the home. “Get down here. The cops are here,” police heard the suspect say to his wife. The victim had a swollen lip and a bruised face. The suspect, who appeared intoxicated, said he’d had a margarita and a few glasses of wine. Police also found a broken wine glass, spilled wine and blood spots in the kitchen. The victim said she broke the furniture, but was vague about how she was injured. She stated that the suspect hit her with something but wasn’t sure what it was. The suspect was taken to the county jail.

Burglary: A Bainbridge woman’s storage unit was broken into sometime after early March. The door hinges on the unit, which is at the victim’s High School Road apartment complex, had been removed. A TV stand and a lamp were taken.

April 3
Crash: A Bainbridge male was cited for negligent driving after his pickup truck collided with a sports car on Highway 305 just after 1:35 p.m. The suspect, who was stopped for a red light, had been talking to three girls standing at the northwest corner of the 305-High School Road intersection. He began revving his engine and then quickly accelerated “to show off” for the girls, police said. He lost control of his truck and collided with the 2007 BMW two-door that was stopped in one of the highway’s southbound lanes. The suspect and the BMW driver, a Silverdale resident, reported no injuries.

Theft: A Bainbridge woman reported that wedding silverware was stolen from her Nakata Place garage during a garage sale.

Theft: A diamond wedding ring was reported stolen from a High School Road apartment. The ring may have been taken in early March.