Police Blotter: Cocaine itch hysteria causes ferry delay


A Bainbridge teen apparently faked a cocaine and itch-related mental breakdown that put police, emergency responders and a ferry crew on high alert.

Also this week, an islander bumped a Winslow Way construction worker with her car after shouting “You’re taking over this town!”

Blotter’s below…


Jan. 13
Noise: Police asked the staff at the 122 Winslow restaurant to quiet loud patrons and a live band that had disturbed nearby Winslow Way residents just before 10 p.m. Staff complied, lowering the music level, installing sound-absorbing boards on exterior walls and asking patrons talking on an outdoor patio to quiet down.

Shoplifting: A 75-year-old Bainbridge man attempted to steal a cod fillet from Town & Country Market on Winslow Way just before 3 p.m. The man was ordered not to return to the store for one year. A report was sent to the prosecutor’s office for possible charges.

Jan. 12
Slashed: Four tires on a vehicle parked along Madrona Way were slashed sometime during the night. Damage was estimated at $500.

Jan. 11
Bumped: A 54-year-old Bainbridge woman bumped a construction worker with her car when the worker told her she could not park where a crew was working on Winslow Way just after 10:30 a.m. The victim, an Olalla resident, told police that she and her crew had closed a parking stall to finish installing a storm drain in front of Chase Bank. The area was marked by traffic cones and the crew was wearing bright clothing and hardhats. When the suspect began inching her BMW station wagon toward the work area, the victim waved and pointed to the open drain they were working on. The suspect continued to move forward, prompting the victim to tell the suspect to stop. The suspect began yelling insults and shouted “You’re taking over this town!” The suspect then drove her bumper into the victim’s shins. The victim suffered no injuries. When the victim yelled “You hit me!” the suspect squealed her tires as she backed up and then parked in a nearby stall. She then went into a bookstore. The suspect denied intentionally hitting the victim. A report was sent to the prosecutor’s office for possible assault and reckless endangerment charges.

Jan. 8
False emergency: An 18-year-old Bainbridge woman staged a mental breakdown that delayed a ferry and mobilized police and an ambulance crew just before 11:30 p.m. Police were initially notified by the woman’s roommate that the woman was having mental problems and was complaining about itching and stomach pain caused by cocaine. The roommate reported that the woman was “hysterical” when she fled the house wearing pajama pants and no shoes. Police received reports that the woman was heading to the ferry, prompting an emergency alert that halted the ferry’s departure. Police found the woman on the ferry. She had a calm demeanor and “appeared freshly made up” with cosmetics and groomed hair, an officer reported. She was wearing a different outfit, including jeans, a winter coat and boots. She told police she was going to a Seattle hospital to get treatment for an itching problem. Her roommate believes the theatrics were to cover up for a secret trip to visit an estranged boyfriend. No charges.

2 thoughts on “Police Blotter: Cocaine itch hysteria causes ferry delay

  1. The injured worker is my Sister-In-Law, Heather. She endured a lot of abuse at the jobsite. People who do such as this should be jailed for the crime it was.
    I wonder who the Old Gal was to be able to walk away?

  2. The injured construction worker is my sister-in-law Heather. The workers on this job suffered a lot of abuse from the public.

    As someone who also works out in the public eye, people can be mean. After working a 17 hour shift to restore water at Anacortes Terminal,we sat down on the tailgate to eat a late lunch. Without water the restrooms were closed and we had ordered some portables to make due with.

    We were tired and still had a long drive back to Bainbridge, and someone made the comment in passing about sitting on our backsides instead of working.

    I certainly hope they enjoyed the warm water to wash their hands with later…

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