Police Blotter: Bainbridge cyclist breaks arm, catches taxi home


A Sunrise Drive man probably should have called an ambulance after crashing his bicycle off a 6-foot ledge on High School Road without a helmet late on Dec. 11. He paid for a taxi ride home instead. After a few agonizing hours, the man had a change of heart and called 911. He was hospitalized with a broken arm.

The blotter is below:

Dec. 15

Collision: A Ford Focus hydroplaned Miller Road near Bergman Road and plunged down a 40-foot embankment. The car collided with a chain link fence, causing $500 in damage. The driver, a 27-year-old Poulsbo woman, was uninjured.

Drunken driving: Police arrested a 22-year-old Bainbridge man after he was seen driving recklessly in the area of Manitou Beach at about 2:20 a.m. The man’s vehicle was observed speeding up North Madison Avenue and Manitou Beach Drive. It turned onto Falk Road and passed another vehicle in a no passing zone. Police stopped the car and contacted the driver, who performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He was arrested and taken to the station, where a breathalyzer test registered his blood alcohol content at .144. The legal limit is .08. He was booked on $2,500 bail.

Dec. 14

Theft: A 66-year-old Bainbridge woman reported about 60 hydromorphone tablets missing from her Weaver Road home. The house was unlocked at the time of the apparent theft and the woman’s purse and other valuables were left untouched.

Dec. 13

Collision: A Chevy Suburban driven by a 59-year-old Bainbridge man collided with a deer on Highway 305 north of High School Road. The driver was uninjured. Damage to the Suburban was estimated at $700.

Collision: An 88-year-old Bainbridge woman suffered bruises to her arm and face when she drove her Subaru Forester through a parking space and into a planter box on the 200 block of Winslow Way shortly before 10 a.m.

Suspected shoplifting: Police were called to a Winslow Way bookstore at 9:17 p.m. for a case of suspected shoplifting. Employees said a woman left the store at closing with bulky items concealed beneath her clothing. The employees told the woman to stop but she kept walking. Police located the woman at a nearby business. They discovered a “bearded dragon” concealed beneath her shirt, along with several water bottles. The woman said she hadn’t stolen any books and was just in the store to warm up.

Theft: An employee of a private parking lot near the ferry terminal called police to report a man fishing money out of pay boxes. Police found a man matching the suspect’s description sleeping in a Toyota Camry nearby. The sunroof of the car was open and the officer woke the man by poking him through the top. The man denied stealing money, but police found tweezers, a skinny wand device and a heroin needle inside the car. The man was cited for theft and released. The parking lot was the scene of several similar incidents in recent weeks.

Dec. 12

Bicycle crash: Police interviewed a Sunrise Drive man at 4 a.m. who self-reported a bicycle crash from late the previous night. The man said he wasn’t wearing a helmet when he rode his bike over a landscaped curb on High School Road and plunged over a 6-foot ledge. The man landed on his head and forearm, and decided to call a taxi to take him home. He tried to ignore the pain in his arm for several hours at home but eventually decided to seek help. He borrowed a neighbor’s phone and called 911. Medics transported him to a Bremerton hospital for treatment of a broken arm.

Dec. 10

Theft: A 59-year-old Bainbridge woman reported her wallet stolen from the Winslow post office. She said she’d left the pink leather wallet inside the office while she walked out to her car to retrieve something. It had vanished by the time she returned.

Dec. 9

Collision: A car driven by a 45-year-old Bainbridge man swerved off Highway 305 south of Sportsman Club Road at 2 p.m. when traffic slowed abruptly. The vehicle crashed into the end of a guardrail and traveled for another 100 feet before coming to a stop. A tow truck company removed a section of the rail to free the car. The man was not injured.