Police Blotter: Pothole hospitalizes cyclist


A pothole was the apparent cause of a bicycle wreck that sent a Seattle woman to the hospital Saturday. The cyclist was pedaling west on Hidden Cove Road when she rolled over the pothole and lost control. The woman was flown to Harborview for treatment of a head injury and abrasions.

The blotter by Tad Sooter is below:

Aug. 5
Drunken driving: A 23-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested for driving under the influence on Wyatt Way shortly before midnight. Police saw the man driving erratically through Winslow and noted a strong odor of alcohol wafting from his vehicle after stopping him. The man failed several roadside sobriety tests and was taken to Kitsap County jail. A breathalyzer test indicated his blood alcohol level at .183. The legal limit is .08. He was booked on $5,000 bail.

Aug. 4
Bicycle crash: A Seattle woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center after crashing her bicycle on the 8000 block of Hidden Cove Road at about 9:30 a.m. The 49-year-old cyclist apparently lost control of the bicycle after rolling over a small pothole in the roadway. The bicycle crashed and ejected the woman. Police noted a gouge in the roadway where the bicycle hit the asphalt. The woman was hospitalized for treatment of a head injury and abrasions.

Aug. 2
Illegal signs: Police used a machete to remove political placards illegally attached to a traffic sign on Lynwood Center Road. The signs were placed in evidence.

Debris: A wood and concrete dock washed ashore off South Beach Drive. Concerned neighbors tied a rope to the beach float and called police. A report was forwarded to the harbormaster.

Aug. 1
Found: A set of keys left in a bank depository box on High School Road were turned in to police. The keys were placed in evidence for safekeeping.

Theft: Mail addressed to four north Bainbridge residents was recovered in Suquamish. Some of the envelopes were found opened and empty. Police returned the mail to the residents and advised them to contact their financial institutions in case of identity theft.

July 31
Car prowl: A purse and wallet were taken from a vehicle parked in the Port Madison area at about 11 a.m. The owner had left the vehicle’s windows cracked while she walked her dogs. She valued the missing items at $125.

July 30
Possession: Police investigated a report of suspicious activity at a closed business on Wyatt Way NE at about 11 p.m. They found four people sitting cross-legged around a green bong that appeared to be loaded with freshly burnt marijuana. One suspect said the group had already smoked “a bowl.” The four, whose ages ranged from 17 to 21, were allowed to walk to a nearby residence. The bong and several small canisters containing marijuana were taken into evidence. A report was forwarded to prosecutors for review.

July 28
Theft: A Winslow Way shop owner reported a cedar bark planter box missing from the store. The box disappeared sometime on July 26.

Theft: A Jekyll mountain bike valued at $1,700 was reported stolen from a NE Kitsap Street home. The homeowners discovered the bike missing while packing for a cycling trip.

Noise complaint: Police responded to Cosgrove Street residence shortly after midnight for a report of loud music and voices. A house party appeared to be in progress when police arrived. Several young adults and teens were contacted at the home. Police notified the revelers of the noise complaint and called the parents of several of the minors to have them driven home. A report was taken.