Why All the Cops? (x2)

Blogger’s Note: Here is another installment of your inquiries after seeing lots of lights and sirens somewhere in our area. Two questions — one in an e-mail and one on this blog — are answered below. Feel free to add your own questions or comments as well.

The first question concerns a pedestrian accident that one reader says occurred on Sedgwick Road in South Kitsap. The other inquiry comes from a blog commenter who was wondering why a bunch of patrol deputies had responded to Colchester Drive — also in SK — on February 16 or 17.

Resident Linda Rowland wrote to our South Kitsap region reporter, Chris Henry, this question:

“I came upon an accident yesterday morning in Port Orchard and can’t seem to find anything in the paper about it. A pedestrian was hit by a car around 6:30 am yesterday morning. I only know the road as Sedgwick, but I think it turns into Glenwood Road. The closest cross street was Lake Flora Road. Do you have any information on this accident. We just wanted to know if the man is OK.”

The short answer is that the man remains in critical condition at Tacoma General Hospital. The long answer was this story written by our general assignment reporter, Andrew Binion:

A 59-year-old South Kitsap man struck by a car Monday morning was listed in critical condition Wednesday in the intensive care unit at a Tacoma hospital.

The man was walking eastbound on the shoulder of Lake Flora Road at about 6:30 a.m. when he walked out onto the roadway and into the westbound lane to make his way around a garbage truck that had stopped to collect trash, according to a statement from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Meanwhile, a 52-year-old South Kitsap resident was driving westbound on Lake Flora Road at about 45 mph in a 1978 GMC pickup truck. The driver attempted to stop, the statement said, but was unable to avoid striking the man.

Deputies and South Kitsap Fire and Rescue crews went to the scene to treat the man and investigate the crash.

The pedestrian was transported by vehicle to Tacoma General Hospital where he was listed in critical condition today, a nursing supervisor said.

The accident is still under investigation, the statement said.

Next up, resident Rob Tinsley asks this question:

“Shortly after arriving home around 11:30 P.M. in Port Orchard,on Colchester Dr E, I heard several of what I assume were Kitsap County patrol units responding to a call around midnight of the 16th/17th. I was wondering what had occurred.”

According to Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy spokesman Scott Wilson, the incident deputies were responding to was a man who had eluded them. It appeared in our Code 911 section Tuesday:

A South Kitsap man was taken to jail on suspicion of a DUI Saturday night after leading deputies on a chase when they tried to confront him about attempting to break into his mother’s house.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the 800 block of East Colchester Avenue around 9 p.m. when a 51-year-old woman reported that her son was drunk and “banging and throwing things around” on her back porch trying to get inside.

When the 25-year-old man saw deputies approach and block his red Chevrolet truck into the driveway, he got into his car and drove away over the front lawn.

Deputies chased the man along Yukon Harbor Road until he crashed into a ditch on Sedgwick Road, flipping his truck on its side. Upon breaking a window to help the man out of the truck, deputies could smell alcohol on his breath and noticed cans of beer inside the truck. The man was not injured.

He was taken to Kitsap County jail and held on $31,000 on charges of eluding police and driving under the influence.

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