Police blotter: Drunk driver has three tires, nine dogs


This week, a drunken driver sent sparks flying as she and her nine dogs ranged around the island in a car with three tires.

The blotter is below.


Jan. 6
Theft: A kayak valued at $2,000 was stolen from a Wing Point Way home’s front yard. The kayak was not secured in any way, and was sitting a few yards from the water.

Jan. 4
Drunken driving: A 53-year-old Kingston woman was arrested for drunken driving and possession of drug paraphernalia after she was seen driving erratically and with only three tires on Highway 305 just before 7:30 p.m. A witness called 911 after he saw the suspect driving south on the Agate Pass Bridge. The witness followed the suspect and provided police with period updates. He said the suspect’s vehicle was emitting sparks from its bare front rim. Police located the suspect near the intersection of Miller and Lovgreen roads. Her vehicle’s front right tire “was entirely gone.” an officer reported. The rim was ground down and the hubcap was almost worn off. An officer counted nine dogs in the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect admitted she had “two beers” and some champagne. She referred to herself as “drunk” and said she started drinking at 10 a.m. A breath test indicated she had a blood-alcohol level of .135. The legal limit is .08. During a search, police found two marijuana joints in the suspect’s clothing. “All nine dogs scurried out” of the suspect’s vehicle during a search. “It was such a chore to round them up with traffic passing by,” an officer reported. The suspect was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard and booked on $5,000 bail.

Theft: A Bainbridge man’s wallet was stolen from a locker at the gym inside the Pavilion building on Madison Avenue. The victim said the locker, which uses an electronic key code, had been locked. There were no signs of forced entry.

Injured: A 28-year-old Port Orchard man was injured when a branch fell on his head while he was assisting with the removal of branches on the 14200 block of North Madison Avenue just after 12:30 p.m. The man and the crew he was working with had been contracted to remove branches to make way for a new power line. The man was working below a branch that had been cut by another worker. The branch, which was six inches in diameter, caused a laceration but the man did not lose consciousness, although he complained of nausea. He was taken to Harborview hospital in Seattle. Police noted that the man’s hardhat was of an inferior quality to those worn by the crew’s other workers. Police sent a report to state labor authorities.

Jan. 3
Painted: A High School Road home’s glass door and porch were sprayed with red paint sometime during the night. A note in the 70-year-old resident’s mailbox indicated that “the lake water worked” on a named person, but that “she may not see living beings for 4 hours.” The note was signed by “the Dragons.”

Painted: A vehicle parked on High School Road was sprayed with red paint sometime during the night. Damage was estimated at $100.

Hay: A McDonald Avenue farm reported that a late model Datsun sped away after one of its occupants threw a bale of hay on the farm’s pasture. Several more hay bales appeared later in the pasture.

Jan. 2
Shoplifting: A 28-year-old Bainbridge man was cited for shoplifting two DVDs from the Ace Hardware store on High School Road just before 2 p.m.

Painted: Black numbers were spray-painted on an outside rear wall of the Rite Aid building on High School Road. Damage was estimated at $100.

Jan. 1
Trespass: A 35-year-old Vermont man was found sleeping in a stranger’s Shannon Drive apartment just before 5 a.m. The house’s resident said he awoke to find the suspect sleeping on his couch. He told police he does not know the Vermont man but does not suspect that he was trying to burglarize his house. It appeared, he said, that the Vermont man was intoxicated, tired and confused. The Vermont man explained that he was in Seattle with his brother and mother, who lives on Bainbridge. He became separated from them and then intoxicated. No charges were filed. The Vermont man was released to his brother. The Vermont man’s wallet was later found in the apartment. Police retrieved it.

Dec. 30
Theft: An Alaska man’s boat motor was taken from a boat while it was docked off Skogen Lane. It was valued at just under $900.