Police blotter: Drunk driver seeks southern route to Poulsbo via Winslow

This week, a Kingston boy found out how tough it can be to drive from Port Gamble to Poulsbo via Bainbridge Island. After finding the tipsy navigator searching for his preferred Poulsbo gas station near Winslow, a Bainbridge police officer was able to correct his course to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Speaking of course corrections, one Bainbridge woman is probably thinking she should have put the breaks on her day before showing up drunk for an early afternoon appearance at the Bainbridge courthouse. Hopping into her car after the judge asked her to take a breath test probably wasn’t a good idea either. Oh, and then there was the matter of threatening to both kill and sue correctional officers at the county jail. And there again she raises serious questions about her choices: isn’t it better to first sue and then kill? Dead men don’t pay damages, after all.

By the way, islanders may want to tighten the bolts and keep a sharp eye on their catalytic converters…

Sept. 1
Drunk driving: A Kingston teenage male was arrested for drunk driving on Sportsman Club Road just before 1:30 a.m. Police initially noticed the suspect’s 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck swerving and cross the road’s center and fog line. When pulled over, the teen said he was tired and spoke in a slurred voice. He said he was coming from Port Gamble and was on his way to Poulsbo. When asked where he thought he was, the teen responded “Poulsbo.” He repeated three times that he was in Poulsbo and pointed south toward Winslow where he planned to stop at a Poulsbo gas station. During a search of the truck, the police dog found a small bag of marijuana and a makeshift marijuana pipe made from a mint tin.

Aug. 30
Theft: A catalytic converter was stolen from a 1991 Toyota pickup parked near the corner of Parfitt Way and Madison Avenue. The owner believes the converter was stolen sometime over the last couple of nights. Losses were estimated at $200.

Drunk driving: A Port Ludlow woman was arrested for drunk driving on State Route 305 near Madison Avenue shortly after 5 a.m. The woman had been identified as potentially intoxicated by an officer responding to another call. The arresting officer reported that the woman smelled strongly of alcohol. Police found a nearly empty bottle of tequila in the woman’s back seat, as well as a marijuana pipe and a small amount of marijuana.

Disorderly: A 17-year-old Bainbridge male was arrested for disorderly conduct and underage drunkenness at a Tolo Road home shortly after 3 a.m. Police were called to the home after receiving reports of a verbal dispute. The boy reportedly acted aggressively toward family members and had threatened to kill at least one.

Aug. 29
Assault: A Bainbridge man was punched several times in the head by an unknown man outside Doc’s Marina Grill restaurant on Parfitt Way just before midnight. The victim said he had been smoking a cigarette and talking to a man when the suspect, who had been sitting in a nearby vehicle, suddenly got out hit the victim several times, knocking him to the ground. While on the ground, the victim reached up and ripped the wallet out of the suspect’s back pocket. The suspect then got back into his vehicle and drove away. The victim sustained a cut upper lip and a swollen cheek. The victim said he had not talked to and didn’t know the suspect. Police found the suspect’s driver’s license and other identification in the wallet and are investigating.

Aug. 28
Theft: A catalytic converter was stolen from a 1998 Toyota pickup truck parked at the Bethany Lutheran Church’s park and ride lot. The truck’s owner, a Bainbridge resident, said the truck had been left at the Finch Road lot from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Losses were valued at $500.

Assault: A Bainbridge woman reportedly suffering from mental problems was taken into custody shortly after 2:30 p.m. after assaulting a Renton man near Sunrise Drive. Police were initially called by the woman’s landlord, who rents a trailer to the woman. The landlord reported that the woman had been physically and verbally abusive to a man working on the property. The man had been shoved, but reported no injury. He told police he felt unsafe working on the property. The woman had also reportedly been “aggressively” asking neighbors for cigarettes and alcohol. She also told another tenant he was “going to die” if he did not take her to the store for cigarettes. The woman receives financial support from a mental health service provider, the landlord said. The woman unsuccessfully tried to kick an officer before she was transported to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton for a mental evaluation.

Death: A Bainbridge resident found the body of a dead male on the beach near her Sunset Avenue home just before 4 p.m. Based on the body’s position and other evidence, the adult male may have fallen from a cliff. Police found the body partially tangled in brush at the base of a cliff. He was lying face down and clothed in a gray plaid shirt and tan slacks. Police noted seaweed draped over a foot, indicating that the tide had come in and receded along the body. Police noted that one of the man’s hands was in his pants pocket. No identification was found on the man. Directly above the body police noticed several broken branches and scrape marks in dirt, indicating that the man may have fallen down the 30-foot-high cliff face. Additional signs of broken and disturbed vegetation was found at the cliff’s edge. Police later determined that the man lived at the home near the beach were he was found. Police were advised by a nearby resident that the man had a disabled arm and leg and had a heart condition.

Threatened: A man was detained after threatening a bus full of riders at the Winslow ferry terminal just before 5 p.m. According to witnesses, the man had been pacing the bus loading area and shouting that he was going to kill everyone in a bus. When confronted by police, the man yelled “You are not my Lord Jesus Christ and I don’t have to listen to your commands under the first amendment of free speech handed down by Jesus Christ.” After he was handcuffed, the man said he may be suffering from “lunacy” after his medication regimen was changed. He was transported to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton for a mental evaluation.

Aug. 25
Drunk driving: A 47-year-old Bainbridge woman was arrested for drunk driving shortly after leaving the municipal court house in Rolling Bay at 2:30 p.m. The woman had come to the court for an appearance before the judge. The judge believed the woman was intoxicated and could not participate in the court’s proceedings. The woman refused the judge’s request that she take a breath test and reportedly staggered to her car. She also reportedly took large upward steps as though climbing stairs. An officer at the courthouse followed the woman and pulled her over. The woman admitted to having consumed “a few beers.” During booking at the county jail in Port Orchard, the woman threatened to kill and sue several correctional officers.

Drunk driving: A 29-year-old Mercer Island woman was arrested for drunk driving shortly after 9:30 a.m. on State Route 305 near Vineyard Lane. Police were alerted to the southbound driver after several calls to 911 reported her erratic driving and near-collision with a bicycle rider. Police noticed the woman cross the fog line before pulling her over. She admitted to consuming alcohol before going to bed at a friend’s house in Suquamish. She also noted that she had a previous drunk driving conviction in Alaska.

Aug. 24
Drunk driving: A 22-year-old Bainbridge male was arrested fro drunk driving just before 8 p.m. on State Route 305. Police were notified after the man had nearly hit another driver, was driving erratically and traveling over the posted speed limit. He admitted to consuming five beers at the Kitsap County Fair.