Police Blotter: Head-on collision leads to drunken driving arrest


Police arrested a Suquamish woman for drunken driving on March 7 after her Scion collided head-on with a Ford pickup on Madison Avenue just west of Highway 305. Witnesses told police the woman was driving erratically before her vehicle crossed the centerline and hit the truck. The woman and the driver of the truck were transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Also this week, a New Sweden Avenue woman accused a neighbor of making barking noises to incite her dogs, and a beer bandit was foiled by a grocery store employee.

The blotter is below:

March 11

Identity theft: More than $3,000 in unauthorized charges were made from a Bainbridge couple’s bank account. The couple notified their bank and closed the account.

March 10

Minor in possession: Police were called to a Winslow Way grocery store where an employee reported seeing a furtive looking teenager walk out with a 12-pack of beer shortly after 9 p.m. An employee followed the young man outside and saw him drive away in a truck. The employee relayed the truck’s license plate to police, who contacted the registered owners who turned out to be the suspects parents. The parents helped police contact the 18-year-old, who apologized and claimed another teen paid him $15 to steal the beer. He said he couldn’t find the co-conspirator after leaving the store so he dumped the beer in a ditch on New Brooklyn Road. Police checked the area and were unable to find the pilfered 12-pack. The teen was cited for third degree theft and minor in possession of alcohol.

March 9

Drunken driving: Police arrested a 61-year-old Suquamish woman for drunken driving after her Scion collided head-on with a Ford pickup on Madison Avenue. The collision occurred directly in front of the Madison Avenue fire station at about 4:15 p.m. An aid crew was tending to the woman and the driver of the Ford when police arrived. The woman was slurring her words and one firefighter said “she’s just not acting right.” A witness told police the woman was driving erratically before her car crossed the centerline and collided with the truck just west of Highway 305. She was arrested for drunken driving and a blood sample was taken. The driver of the Ford, a 49-year-old Poulsbo man, complained of back and neck pain. Both drivers were transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Vehicle prowl: An unknown suspect broke out a window of a truck parked at a Coppertop Loop business and rifled through the glovebox. An employee who discovered the damage said it was unclear whether anything was missing.

Vehicle prowl: The owner of a painting business reported $1,400 of equipment stolen from his work van at 8 a.m. The man said he’d left the van parked overnight at a park-and-ride on Finch Road and forgot to lock the rear door. Missing equipment included a Graco paint sprayer valued at $1,000 and a Honda pressure washer valued at $400. The man believed his insurance would cover the loss.

March 5

Harassment: A 60-year-old New Sweden Avenue woman called 911 after hearing a man making dog bark noises near her home at about 6:40 p.m. The woman told police she walked in the direction of the barking noise and encountered a 58-year-old neighbor with whom she’s had trouble in the past. She said the same man of previously using fireworks, whistles, music and electric horns to rile up her nine kenneled dogs. The man wants to stir up the dogs so neighbors will complain about the animals, she said. The woman wanted the case documented because of ongoing legal proceedings.

Drunken driving: A caller reported a Bainbridge woman was intoxicated and driving south to the island from Suquamish at about 3:30 p.m. Police located the suspect vehicle on the highway and noted the car was driving below the speed limit and weaving across the fog line. Police followed the vehicle to a Hidden Cove home and contacted the driver, a 38-year-old Bainbridge woman. The woman performed poorly on voluntary field sobriety tests and was arrested. A breathalyzer test later registered her blood alcohol content at .200. The legal limit is .08. She was booked on $2,500 bail.