Police blotter: Fat joke leads to street brawl

This week, an intoxicated man received a fat lip after making a fat joke at a Winslow Way bar.

Other incidents from this and last week’s blotter include a clam bust, a drunken break-in and a house party fight between a cop and surly youth.

Blotter’s below.

Dec. 5
Littering: Police investigated a Poulsbo resident believed responsible for loads of trash dumped in Grand Forest Park near the Miller Road-Battle Point Drive intersection. In August, someone found several garbage bags full of trash in the woods. Much of it had been scattered by animals. A letter with a Poulsbo address was found in the trash and sent to Bainbridge police. The named person admitted the trash belonged to her, but blamed an ex-roommate for dumping it in the park. She agreed to clean it up once she could borrow a truck. Police were notified this week that the garbage was still there. Police then learned the suspect moved away from the area. A report was forwarded to the prosecutor for litter charges.

Drunk driving: A Bainbridge female was arrested for drunk driving on Highway 305 near West Port Madison Road at 2:40 a.m. An officer driving behind the suspect’s vehicle reported that she had been driving erratically. Once pulled over, the suspect appeared confused and smelled of alcohol. She told police she had a couple drinks at a friend’s house. The suspect had trouble standing up during a field sobriety test. She was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Clam bust: Six Suquamish tribal members were detained by police for illegally clamming near Point Monroe Drive just before 12:30 a.m. Police were alerted about the clammers by a homeowner. Police found net bags full of clams and saw a male run and hide in nearby bushes. Shortly after, the officer stopped a large truck with the suspect inside it. The truck was occupied by five other people who identified themselves as tribal members. In the truck’s bed, police found muddy boots, muddy rakes and other clamming tools. The suspect who ran from police admitted he was clamming, but thought he could do so because he is a tribal member. Suquamish police took the suspects into custody and released the clams back into the Point Monroe cove.

Dec. 4
Theft: A car stereo and global positioning unit were reported stolen from a car parked overnight on Moji Lane. Losses were estimated at almost $400.

Drugged driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for driving while impaired by drugs and drug paraphernalia possession on Highway 305 near Day Road just after 2 a.m. An officer initially pulled the suspect over for speeding. The suspect had the odor of marijuana, the officer reported. The suspect admitted he’d had two or three beers and smoked marijuana about 20 minutes before driving. He handed over a marijuana pipe. The suspect had trouble walking, and needed his car to steady himself during a field sobriety test. Police found a small container of marijuana in one of the suspect’s pockets. A drug expert with the Suquamish police department determined the suspect was impaired by marijuana use. The suspect was cited and released at his home.

Street fight: Officers responded to a fight involving six or seven people near a the Isla Bonita bar on Winslow Way just before 12:30 a.m. A bartender had called 911, noting that two of the assailants had been told to leave a short time before. Police saw 20 people gathered near Winslow Mall, less than a block from the bar. A woman told police that one of the assailants had approached her while she and friends were dancing and said “I like watching Animal Planet, watching hippos dance.” The woman took this as an insult about her weight. She said the man and a companion were also “rude” to others at the bar. The woman and her friends left the bar, but the two men followed, and insulted a male member of her group. A fight ensued, causing one of the two men to suffer a cut and swollen lip. The injured man denied insulting the women. Both men appeared intoxicated. A report was forwarded to the prosecutor for possible assault charges.

Dec. 1
Drunken break-in: An Arizona man was arrested for burglary and criminal trespass after he entered a Mandus Olson Road home through a window around 3 a.m. A resident of the home had been awakened by a noise. He found the suspect at the bottom of his stairs. “I just came in here because I’m cold,” the suspect told the resident. The suspect then fled out the window he had come in through. The suspect later rang the door bell of another home before approaching an officer and explaining that he was lost and had been wandering the area for several hours. He said he entered the home to get a drink of water. Police from Poulsbo and Suquamish had been called in to assist in the search for the man. An officer arriving on the scene was surprised to see the man emerge from bushes and approach his patrol car. He wore baggy, muddy clothes, was sweating and had his shoes on the wrong feet. He had the odor of alcohol and had trouble speaking clearly. The suspect said he lives in Surprise, Arizona with his mother. He was on Bainbridge visiting family. During a gathering of friends, the suspect had gotten into an argument and left. He said he became cold and thirsty after getting lost, and only wanted to warm up and drink water at the house he entered. He was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Nov. 28
Drunk driving: A Bainbridge female was arrested for drunk driving and heroin possession on Highway 305 near Reitan Road at 3 a.m. The suspect was pulled over by Suquamish police after Clearwater Casino staff reported that she had been involved in a disturbance in the casino’s parking lot. Bainbridge police arrived at the scene shortly after to assist. A Bainbridge officer said the suspect was crying and had the strong odor of alcohol. She told police she had been arguing with her boyfriend at the casino. She admitted to having “a couple beers.” During her arrest, the suspect also admitted to having had opiates earlier in the day. In the suspect’s vehicle, police found a tourniquet, syringes and a cotton swab that later tested positive for heroin.

Pot: A male was arrested for marijuana possession during a traffic stop on Sportsman Club Road shortly after 2:30 a.m. Police had pulled the suspect over for not having a front license plate on his car. The suspect’s car had the strong odor of marijuana. The suspect handed over a small bag containing .2 grams of marijuana.

Nov. 26:
Assault: A Bainbridge police officer was assaulted by a juvenile male during a party bust in which six young people were arrested. Police were called to an Ihland Way home just before 11:30 p.m. on reports of a loud party in which about 30 juveniles were in attendance. The house grew quiet when police arrived. A male who answered the door appeared intoxicated. The male, who was 21 years old, said he didn’t know who’s house it was and that no one else was inside. While they spoke, police heard a door slam and a toilet flush. Police could see several empty and partially full alcohol containers. “I got nothing to say to you,” the male said. Believing they had enough probable cause to search the home for “fruits, instrumentalities, and/or evidence of the crime” of underage drinking, police entered the home. An officer confronted a juvenile male suspect who appeared intoxicated and was exiting the house. The suspect shoved the officer and then resisted when the officer grabbed him. The officer called for backup because the suspect outweighed her and continued to “flay his body around with great strength.” The officer struck the suspect’s ribs with her knee three times in an attempt to subdue him. The officer and a second officer subdued the suspect by sitting on him and handcuffing his wrists. A total of five juveniles were arrested for underage drinking. A sixth suspect was arrested for providing a premises for juveniles to drink. Marijuana was found on one of the underage drinking suspects.
About 100 alcohol containers were found in the home, including ones for beer, vodka and wine.

Nov. 25
Theft: Several items worth $400 were stolen from a truck parked overnight at Meadowmeer Circle. The truck was likely unlocked.

Nov. 21
Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving just before 1:30 a.m. on Highway 305 near Day Road. The suspect had been observed driving erratically. An officer immediately noticed the strong odor of alcohol coming from the suspect. When asked if he’d been drinking, the suspect “had an agitated expression (and) took a long exhale as if he couldn’t believe I asked the question, and said ‘Nothing,'” the officer reported. When the suspect exhaled, the officer again smelled a strong alcoholic scent. The suspect questioned the officer, told her she had no proof and refused to exit the vehicle. His passenger convinced him to go along with the officer’s requests. After failing a series of field sobriety tests, the suspect was taken to the county jail.

Nov. 20
Drunk driving: A Bainbridge male was arrested for drunk driving on Fletcher Bay Road just after 1:30 a.m. An officer observed the suspect’s truck cross the center and fog lines several times. Once the suspect was pulled over, the officer asked if he would exit the vehicle to take a field sobriety test. “Sure!” the suspect answered. The suspect’s “level of impairment … appeared to be much in excess,” likely because the suspect had also smoked marijuana before driving, the officer said. The suspect also admitted he’d consumed alcoholic energy drinks before driving. He was taken to the county jail.