Police blotter: The miracle skateboard wipeout

This week, a skatboarder swooped onto Olympic Drive for a head-on collision with a northbound car. The helmetless skateboarder hit the grill, was thrown onto the the windshield and rolled over the roof. Injures: little more than a sore sore neck and leg. Don’t tell your kids. They’ll bring this story up every time you nag them about wearing helmets and knee pads.

Also this week, a rash of car break-ins in the North Madison area. Vehicle owner’s manuals are apparently a hot item on the black market.

March 15
Treed: A tree fell across the hood of a vehicle driven by a Poulsbo man on Sunrise Drive just before 5 p.m. No injuries. The tree is believed to have fallen due to heavy winds.

Rescued: A Bainbridge kayaker who was beset by heavy winds was rescued by the Bainbridge police marine unit and the U.S. Coast Guard near Blake Island just before 4 p.m. The kayaker’s wife called 911 after he told her by cell phone that he could no longer control his boat.

March 11
Struck: A skateboarder suffered minor injuries when collided with a vehicle driven by a Bainbridge woman on Olympic Drive at approximately 11:30 p.m. The vehicle was northbound when the skateboarder, a Bainbridge male, veered from a sidewalk and into the roadway, striking the vehicle head-on. The impact threw the skateboarder on to the vehicle’s windshield and over its roof. The skateboarder was not wearing a helmet and was not carrying a light. The skateboarder reported pain in his legs and neck. He was cited for negligent skateboarding.

March 10
Drunken crash: A Bainbridge woman was arrested for drunk driving after she veered her Volkswagen Beetle off Fort Ward Hill Road at a 90 degree angle and struck a tree. The woman, who was uninjured, fled on foot but was apprehended about a half mile away.

Vehicle prowl: A locked truck on North Madison was rifled through sometime during the night. The truck’s registration and a pair of sunglasses were taken but later located on the ground about a block away.

Theft: A laptop computer was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle on North Madison Avenue sometime during the night. The laptop was valued at $2,000.

Theft: Vehicle registration, insurance papers and a disabled-person’s placard were stolen from a car on North Madison Avenue during the night.

Vehicle Prowl: A North Madison Avenue resident reported that she’d seen a young male try to open her vehicle’s locked door during the night. He sped away with another male in a dark-colored sedan after failing to gain entry.

Theft: A Beachcrest Drive resident reported that an owner’s manual and vehicle registration were stolen from his truck sometime during the night.

Theft: A Windsong Loop resident reported that an owner’s manual and registration were stolen from a minivan and a global positioning system and pair of sunglasses were stolen from a Lexus in her driveway sometime during the night. The victim was unsure whether the vehicles were locked.

Mar. 9
Drunken boating: A Bainbridge male was arrested for the drunken operation of a motorized boat at Waterfront Park at 6:15 p.m. Police were called to the park by an anonymous caller who said an intoxicated man was seen in the park. Police found the suspect trying to start up a motor on a dinghy at the public dock. The suspect appeared uncoordinated and slurred his words when contacted by police. He said he’d had a little to drink.