Police blotter: Driveby water ballooning, toilet bombings


Read on for two weeks worth of Bainbridge police tales…

June 27
Crash: A Bainbridge man riding a bicycle on Hilltop Drive was injured when he collided with a Chevy Tahoe driven by a Bainbridge woman at approximately 4 p.m. Failing to stop at a stop sign, the cyclist struck the Tahoe’s left front fender as it crossed the intersection on Parkview Drive. The cyclist’s face suffered lacerations.

June 25
Tired driver: A police officer driving to work on State Route 305 pulled over an erratic driver near Delate Lane, just outside Poulsbo city limits. The officer had observed the driver’s Honda Accord fail to stop at a red light and cross lane markings five times. Once pulled over, the driver appeared “unresponsive” and had “eyes that were unusually wide open.” The driver also slurred his words and allowed his mouth to hang open when not speaking, according to the officer. A breath test indicated the driver was not under the influence of alcohol. The driver explained he was “very tired” and was under the care of a psychiatrist. He was cited for illegally crossing the center lane and was released to a friend.

Suicidal: Police were dispatched shortly after 8 p.m. to an apartment complex at the intersection of Wyatt Way and Madison Avenue to investigate a fight between two women. Upon arrival, police were told by one of the women that the fight stemmed from one woman “badmouthing” the other’s mother. The argument ended when one of the women threw the other’s purse over a fence and stormed off. Police learned that the woman who had thrown the purse had a no contact order with the other. Scratches on the woman’s face were from climbing the fence to retrieve the purse, and were not from the other woman, she said. About an hour later, police were notified that the other woman had threatened to kill herself at her Winslow home. Police entered her home using a key and found the woman lying in her bed. Police informed her she was under arrest for violating a no contact order. She admitted to having consumed 40 sleeping pills because she “wanted to end it all.” She was transported to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton for treatment.

June 23
Disoriented: A man looking for President Bush at the Winslow ferry terminal was transported by Bainbridge police to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton for a mental evaluation. Police were initially called to the terminal to deal with a man reportedly acting odd. The man told police he was on Bainbridge to talk with the President. “I told (the man) that I did not know the President was on Bainbridge Island today,” an officer said. The man then requested the use of a CB radio to contact the President. Police informed the man that they did not posses such a device. The man admitted he’d not taken his proscribed medications for about two weeks, and consented to mental health treatment.

Crash: A Bainbridge male riding a bicycle collided with motorcycle driven by a Bainbridge male on Wyatt Way just before 5:30 p.m. The cyclist, who suffered minor injuries, was cited for following too close to the motorcycle as it made a right turn.

June 21
Overdose: A Bainbridge mother called 911 after her juvenile son took approximately 70 cough medicine pills. He was transported to a hospital by his mother.

Crash: A Bainbridge man was injured just before 10 a.m. when his motorcycle tipped and slid on Manzanita Road. The motorcyclist had braked hard to avoid a Jeep backing out of a driveway. The crash broke the motorcyclist’s collar bone and several ribs.

June 20
Sleep driving: A Poulsbo man was injured shortly after 2 p.m. when he fell asleep while driving his car along State Route 305. The car hit a road sign and continued about 300 feet before coming to a stop. The collision caused significant damage to the car. The driver was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

June 19
Stealing beer: A 13-year-old Bainbridge boy was detained after stealing a 16 oz. “Sparks” beer from a High School Road business. The boy told police he stole the beer on instructions from a friend. A report was forwarded to juvenile authorities.

Bomb: A portable toilet at a Lovgreen Road was destroyed by a homemade bomb shortly after 7 p.m. Witnesses saw four or five juveniles fleeing the scene. The bomb appears to have been made from “sparkler” fireworks, according to police.

Frightened: A Bainbridge woman called 911 after she had locked herself in her bedroom to hide from a suspected house invader. Police searched the home but found no other people or evidence of a burglary. The woman told police she was awoken from a nap by a female voice yelling “Roy.”

June 18
Bomb: A portable toilet at a Point White Drive residence was destroyed by a homemade bomb shortly after 7 p.m. The explosion blew pieces of the toilet stall into the roadway and startled several neighbors. Based on evidence at the scene, police believe the bomb was made of “sparkler” fireworks.

Bomb: A portable toilet at a Phelps Road baseball field was damaged by a homemade bomb shortly after 8 p.m. Several people playing and coaching youth baseball nearby observed a young male enter the stall and leave quickly before the explosion. Police believe the bomb was made from “sparkler” fireworks.

June 17
Driveby water ballooning: A Volkswagen bus full of Bainbridge teenagers were detained on Madison Avenue after they struck pedestrians with water balloons. Police found five juvenile males in the bus and a large cooler full of water balloons. One balloon thrower told police he was practicing a local “tradition.” Police informed the youths that “the tradition could be construed as a felony” assault. Their parents were contacted.