Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 23


The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log stats from July 13 to July 19: 6 traffic accidents, 5 miscellaneous, 3 found property, 3 theft in the third degree, 2 suspicious incident/investigation, 2 identity theft, 2 harassment, 2 theft from motor vehicle, 2 driving under the influence, 2 theft in the second degree, 1 burglary in the second degree, 1 citizen assist, 1 disorderly conduct, 1 theft-shoplifting, 1 warrant arrest by outside agency, 1 domestic verbal, 1 mental investigation, 1 driving while license suspended/revoked in the third degree, 1 lost property.

July 19
Driving under the influence/liquor: A 28-year-old woman was involved in a collision with a tree at Olympic Drive and Winslow Way, south of Bainbridge Gateway Park, at 11:47 p.m. The woman was late for a departing ferry and as a traffic signal turned yellow the woman attempted to stop her car, but was unable to due to the slick road conditions and collided with a tree in a ditch. After failing her first three attempts on the voluntary portable breath test, the woman blew a .161. The state’s legal limit for DUI is .08 for adults 21 and older. An officer also smelled alcohol on her breath, and observed that she had watery eyes, slurred speech, etc. The woman’s interaction with police was videotaped. She was transported to the Kitsap County Jail after being booked for DUI and also received a traffic citation.

Driving under the influence/liquor: A 34-year-old male visiting from Brighton, Mass., was stopped at 1:01 a.m. for failing to maintain his lane. The officer smelled alcohol on his breath. The driver voluntarily took Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and performed poorly on them. He was arrested for DUI and subsequently blew 0.163 and 0.164 on the Breathalyzer test. He was booked into Kitsap County Jail.

July 17
Warrant arrest by outside agency: A 29-year-old Federal Way woman had a warrant arrest confirmed by the Bainbridge Island Police. The report didn’t list why she had a warrant for her arrest.

Disorderly conduct: A 52-year-old woman reported a road rage incident at Wyatt Way and Madison Avenue by a 64-year-old man who was driving a van with another man after she approached a four-way stop sign. The man started yelling at the woman and used obscene hand gestures. The van then followed the woman into her neighbor’s driveway and revved his vehicle’s engine, as well as lurched the car forward in an attempt to intimate her. The driver of the van then drove onto a ferry to Seattle, but not before the woman got the van’s license number and called police. Ferry workers were later able to identify the van based on the woman’s description later.

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About Ethan Fowler

Ethan Fowler has more than 20 years of journalism experience with 19 years of daily and weekly newspaper experience covering news, features and sports, as well as being an editor for 14 of those years. He has won several writing awards over the years in Washington state, Virginia, Texas and Georgia, including award-winning investigative journalism. Fowler was paid by the Review & Herald Publishing Association in 2009 to co-author a book, "Brushed Back: The Story of Trevor Bullock," with his wife. The book details the real life of a top minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and his Christian faith. "Brushed Back" has sold more than 2,000 copies since its release.