Police blotter: “From Yemen With Love”


A Bainbridge resident was surprised this week when she opened her front door and found a package with a note that read “From Yemen With Love.” Rather than swoon from Yemen’s amorous gesture, the package recipient called the cops. The first officer on the scene shared the recipient’s concern that Yemen’s love may be of an explosive, limb-rending variety. Using a cutting-edge internal contents detection tool (a flashlight), the officer determined that the package contained a non-lethal and terribly unromantic printer cartridge.

Also this week, prescription drugs nearly drive one commuter into an oncoming patrol car, and a drunk driver gets lost while navigating the complexities of a phone book.

Blotter’s below….

Nov. 14
Vandalized: Ten small window panes at Bainbridge High School were broken with rocks.

Nov. 13
Uprooted: Two bonsai trees were uprooted from a Manzanita Road driveway. The owner described the trees as “ancient” and estimated their value at $2,000 apiece.

Drunk driving: A Suquamish male was arrested for drunk driving just before 3 a.m. on Day Road. His passenger was arrested for underage drinking. Police pulled the drunk driving suspect over after determining that he had a suspended license. Both suspects appeared intoxicated and had the strong odor of alcohol. The driver was wearing pajamas and had no identification on him. One of the suspects stressed he did not think he was intoxicated. He admitted to having consumed a Four Loko, an alcoholic energy drink that was recently banned in Washington, but did not believe it made him intoxicated. An officer pointed out that the drink’s 12 percent alcohol content makes it quite potent. Both suspects were transported to the county jail. When the drunk driving suspect requested an attorney, police handed him a phone book. The suspect fumbled through the pages “in a state of confusion” before asking where the attorneys are listed. An officer advised that attorneys are under ‘A.’ The suspect then asked for the full spelling of the word. Once contacted, an attorney urged the suspect to submit to a breath test. The suspect’s breath test reading indicated he had a .138 blood-alcohol level. The legal limit is .08.

Nov. 12
Bomb scare: A Cambridge Crest resident opened her door to find what she thought was an explosive device on her porch just after 6:30 p.m. It was a styrofoam shipping package with a note that read “From Yemen With Love.” It appeared a female wrote the note, based on the handwriting style. An officer used a flashlight to illuminate the package and saw what appeared to be a printer cartridge. Suspecting that the package was harmless, police opened it and found an HP laser printer cartridge inside. The resident said she has no conflicts with anyone and has had no problems with neighborhood kids who may wish to scare her. Police noted that the resident was unnerved and fearful a similar incident may occur in the future. Police advised her to call 911 again if it does. The package was taken as evidence.

Drunk driving: A Bainbridge female was arrested for drunk driving near the Hidden Cove Road-Selfors Road intersection just before 5:30 p.m. Police were called to the scene by witnesses who observed a pickup sitting in a ditch. The suspect was sitting in the truck when police arrived. Despite having the strong odor of alcohol, the suspect indicated she had only one glass of wine. She told police that she had been at a nearby casino and was driving home. She veered off the road to avoid hitting a dog, she said. A records check indicated the suspect was driving with a suspended license. She was taken to the county jail.

Nov. 11
Killed: A deer was killed when it was struck by a van on Highway 305 near Seabold Church at 6:20 p.m. The van’s front fender was damaged.

Drugged driving: A Poulsbo male was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs on Madison Avenue just after 8 a.m. An officer was driving north on Madison near New Brooklyn Road when the southbound suspect’s pickup truck veered toward the officer’s vehicle. The officer nearly had to leave the roadway to avoid a collision. The officer turned around and began pursuing the suspect. The suspect continued to swerve in his lane, nearly hitting a second vehicle. The suspect hit a median strip on the Madison-High School Road roundabout before pulling over across from the Bainbridge library. The suspect told police he had not been drinking but had taken a prescribed medication as instructed. He said he took the medication before leaving for work. He stressed he was not taking the medication to get “high.” The suspect struggled with a field sobriety test. He was shaking and staggering, and said he felt very nervous. A breath test indicated the suspect had no alcohol in his system. Bainbridge police took the suspect to the Suquamish police station, which has an on-staff drug recognition expert. An evaluation indicated the suspect was under the influence of a prescription drug. Bainbridge police redacted the drug’s name. The suspect was then taken to a Poulsbo fire station to have a blood sample taken. While en route to the county jail, the suspect repeatedly said he had taken the drug as instructed and that he was just trying to get to work.