Police blotter: Heroin where the sun don’t shine


This week, a man is busted near Waterfront Park for an outstanding warrant. Finding a few used and unused syringes in his clothes and boots, a clever Bainbridge police officer suggests that jail staff give the suspect a (ahem) thorough search before showing him to his cell. The officer’s hunch paid off with yet another charge: trying to sneak heroin into the jail.

Also this week, an islander calls the cops after a neighbor menaces him with a leaf blower, and a dead man’s meds mysteriously appear at the police station’s front door.

Nov. 8
Heroin: A Bainbridge male was arrested for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia on Brien Drive just after 1:30 a.m. An officer recognized the suspect, who was walking along Brien, as having had previous law enforcement interactions. A records check revealed the suspect had a warrant for escaping community custody. During a search of his body, the officer found one used and four unused syringes. Because the syringes were so well hidden, the officer asked that jail staff strip-search the suspect. Jail staff found 2.4 grams of heroin inside the suspect’s rectum. The heroin had been contained in a small plastic bag that was wadded into a paper towel. Police added an additional charge of attempting to bring an illegal drug into a jail.

Nov. 7
Drunk driving: A Poulsbo male was arrested for drunk driving after he ran his truck into a ditch at the intersection of New Brooklyn and Sportsman Club roads just after 1 a.m. The suspect, who appeared uninjured, admitted he had three or four beers prior to driving. He had vomit and a large amount of dirt on his clothes, police noted. Police recognized the suspect as an employee of a local bar, and believe he had been drinking there. The suspect had the strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and had trouble keeping his balance. During a sobriety test in which he failed to stand on one leg, the suspect said “…you might as well arrest me.” During booking, the suspect repeatedly said “What if I didn’t understand?” to questions about whether he understood his rights. The suspect was “contrary, boastful, loud and argumentative” throughout the booking process. When asked when he last smoked marijuana, the suspect responded “Pick a time, anytime; I smoke everyday.” Police found no illegal drugs on his person. The suspect was taken to the county jail.

Drunk teen: A Bainbridge male was cited for underage drinking at his family’s Wiggins Road home just before 12:30 a.m. Police were called to the scene by someone who thought the home had been burglarized. It’s residents, the caller said, were supposed to be out of town. Upon entering the unlocked home, police immediately noticed the strong odor of alcohol. They found 19 empty beer cans, an empty vodka bottle and a blanket covered in vomit. The 18-year-old suspect was found sleeping in a bed. The suspect was highly intoxicated and had the strong odor of alcohol and vomit. He initially denied drinking alcohol but later admitted to having had “a few drinks.” Police left a message for his parents, who were vacationing in Las Vegas. Medics evaluated the suspect and determined he should continue sleeping. Police left the suspect at the home. A report was sent to the prosecutor’s office.

Nov. 5
Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was cited for negligent driving after he crashed his Saab car into a ditch on Fletcher Bay Road just before 7:45 p.m. Police met the suspect as he was exiting his car. The suspect had the strong odor of alcohol, police said. He said he had been at a wine-tasting event, and had consumed the equivalent of two glasses of wine. The suspect said his vehicle “lost traction,” causing it to crash into the ditch. During a sobriety test, the suspect mentioned he had poor balance due to a motorcycle accident. The suspect and his car were taken to the suspect’s home by a tow truck. A report was sent to the prosecutor’s office.

Nov. 2
Crash: An unoccupied truck rolled down a small hill near Bainbridge Performing Arts and crashed into a parked car at around 3:30 p.m. The impact caused the car to strike a third parked vehicle. The truck owner said he had stepped out of his truck to drop something off at BPA. He believes the parking brake was on.

Harassed: A Sivertson Road resident reported that he had been harassed by a neighbor when the neighbor pointed a leaf blower in his direction. The victim has a protection order against the neighbor. The order specifies that leaf blowers should not be used in front of the victim’s home. Police knocked on the suspect’s door, but no one responded, despite the fact that police could hear “hurried footsteps” inside.

Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving on Highway 305 near the Madison Avenue intersection just before 1:45 p.m. An officer, who recognized the suspect from multiple drinking and driving incidents, determined that the suspect was driving with a suspended license. The officer noticed the strong odor of alcohol on the suspect once he was pulled over. When asked how much he had to drink, the suspect responded “not much.” After failing a series of field sobriety tests, the suspect was taken to the county jail. His Chevy Suburban was impounded.

Nov. 1
Vandalized: A Lynwood Center cafe owner reported that a landscape light was vandalized over the weekend, causing $200 in damage. A security recording showed two teenage boys causing the damage. Their identities are unknown.

Crash: A Bainbridge male suffered minor shoulder and hand injuries when his truck was struck on the driver’s side by a van driven by a Gig Harbor male on Sportsman Club Road just before 1:45 p.m. The Gig Harbor driver said his van slid across the oncoming lane when making a turn. He was cited for speeding.

Drug drop: A large grocery bag full of a deceased person’s prescription drugs were left outside the police station’s front door sometime during the night. The bag contained 10 boxes of drugs and at least one syringe. It appeared that the person dropping off the drugs had been attempting to put the items in the station’s medication drop box, which is located inside the station, and is only accessible during the station’s open hours. The drugs were put in evidence storage.