Police blotter: Hitting the roundabout at 80 mph


A lane-swerving, stop-sign-ignoring Pontiac gunned it up to 80 on the stretch of Madison between Winslow Way and High School Road. The car then hit the not-so-small bump that is the Madison-High School Road roundabout. Once stopped by police, the driver appeared perplexed about why he’d been pulled over. He also appeared drunk.

Blotter’s below.

Jan. 24
Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving on Highway 305 near Morgan Road just before 1 a.m. Police initially observed the man’s Pontiac car speeding on Winslow Way. An officer trailed the car as it sped north at about 80 mph on Madison Avenue. The officer observed the car drive over the center portion of the Madison-High School Road roundabout and then speed up to about 70 mph. The officer also noted that the car frequently swerved in its lane and did not stop for at least one stop sign. Once pulled over, the suspect demanded to know why he had been stopped and denied having had any alcohol. The officer noted that the suspect smelled strongly of alcohol and had slurred speech. After failing a series of field sobriety tests, the suspect was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Jan. 23
Threatened: A Bainbridge man reported that an unknown person left a threatening and sexually explicit message on his business phone. In the message, a male said he would kill the victim and his wife and mentioned sexual acts he would force upon them. Police dialed the Pierce County number listed by the victim’s caller ID. A male, who appeared to be intoxicated, answered and denied he made the call. Police believe the call may have been a misdial. They reported the incident to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Theft: A Bainbridge man reported that several items were stolen from his boat while it was at the Waterfront Park city dock between noon and 4:30 p.m. Stolen items included a depth finder, two fishing rods and reels, a tackle box full of gear, a fish net and a life jacket. Losses were estimated at $2,600.

Jan. 22
Theft: A lawnmower valued at $400 was stolen from a Grow Avenue residence’s carport sometime between 11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Jan. 20
Passed: A Bainbridge male was cited for passing a school bus when children were boarding it on Teem Loop Road. The bus driver was unable to get the license plate number but was able to describe the car to police. Police found the car parked in a nearby driveway. The suspect admitted to the infraction. He said he saw the bus’ flashing lights and stop paddle but said he was in a hurry to pass the bus.

Crash: A Bainbridge male struck a deer with his pickup truck on New Brooklyn Road just before 8 p.m. The truck suffered minor damage. The badly injured deer was shot by police.

Jan. 19
Theft: A laptop computer was stolen from an unlocked car on Madrone Lane between 4 and 7 p.m. The computer, valued at $800, was left in plain sight, the owner said.

Suspicious: An unknown male called the Kids Discovery Museum on Madrone Lane to ask what he needed to do to watch the children playing at the museum. Caller ID showed his number as “private.”

Damaged: A mailbox stand on Millstone Place with six boxes affixed to it was damaged during a suspected hit-and-run. Damages were estimated at $500.