Police Blotter: Driver hits a motorcycle, a van and then his head


A driver hit a motorcycle and then hit a van before getting out of his car and hitting his head against the ground while fleeing police. He was sent to the hospital and then jail, where his bail was set at a whopping $125,000.

I’ve got three weeks worth of blotter for you today. A big thanks to Tad Sooter for covering for me while I was on vacation.

The blotter is below.

May 17
Pot: Two 18-year-old Bainbridge men were cited for smoking marijuana in a vehicle parked at a cemetery near Miller Road just before 7:30 p.m. “I’m not going to lie, we were smoking weed,” one of the men told an officer when he asked about illegal drug use. Police confiscated a bong, glass pipe and a small amount of marijuana.

Reckless: A 26-year-old Bainbridge man drove a truck recklessly through Winslow just after 10 p.m. Witnesses told police the truck skidded around two corners and spun out twice in Town & Country Market’s parking lot. Another driver said his vehicle was nearly struck by the truck on Madison Avenue. The driver was found at a Winslow bar. He explained he was very excited about graduating from college. A background check indicated he had been convicted for an hit-and-run crash that injured a person. Police recommended reckless driving charges to the prosecutor.

May 16
Threatened: A Bainbridge man reported that a house painter threatened to shoot him in the head after he complained about the painter’s loud music in a Winslow Way apartment building just before 5 a.m. Police had spoken with both parties earlier that morning about the noise complaint. Police reported that the painter, a Poulsbo resident, was playing very loud music and appeared intoxicated. He told police he was asleep and didn’t notice the noise. About a half hour later, the Bainbridge man reported that the painter had threatened to “blow (his) head off.” He asked police not to intervene and only to document the threat.

May 14
Drunken driving: A 48-year-old Bainbridge woman was arrested for drunken driving after she was found slumped over her car’s steering wheel on Ericksen Avenue just before 6 p.m. An off-duty Suquamish police officer found the woman, whose Toyota Prius was blocking the roadway near its intersection with Wyatt Way. Police reported the strong odor of alcohol in the woman’s car. She was uncooperative during sobriety testing and indicated she had pulled over not because she was intoxicated but because she needed to use her phone. A breath test indicated a blood-alcohol level of .239. The legal limit is .08. She was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard and booked on $2,500 bail.

May 12
Vehicular assault: Police arrested a 47-year-old Bremerton man suspected of two hit-and-run incidents in the area of Sportsman Club Road and Finch Road. Police were dispatched at about 6 p.m. for a report of a motorcyclist struck in the intersection by an older white sedan. A second caller said the car had rammed her Volkswagen van and fled the scene. Police located the white sedan behind a pile of lumber off Bucklin Hill Road and found the suspect crawling through the brush nearby. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but apparently fell and struck his head before being apprehended. The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was discharged the next day and booked into Kitsap County jail on $125,000 bail.

Mischief: Someone broke a picket gate leading to the front steps of a Rolling Bay Walk residence. Police noted the pickets were broken outward, indicating the suspect had climbed into the yard and was trying to get out.

May 10
Shooting: A window was shattered in a pickup traveling on State Route 305 between Day Road and Hidden Cove Road at about 4:40 p.m. The driver of the pickup and a bicyclist riding on the side of the road at the time told police they heard what sounded like a gunshot before the window broke. A nearby gravel pit has been used in the past as a makeshift shooting range, but officers searched the area and could find no indication of recent activity.

May 8
Tree girdling: A park district employee reported that someone tied wire around the trunks of about 50 trees at Battle Point Park. The wire was apparently intended to kill the trees as they grew. A similar incident in January killed 24 trees at the park, the employee said. The trees are valued at $100 each.

Theft: Two Razor scooters and a bicycle were reported stolen from a Wyatt Way residence. The bicycle was a gray Gary Fisher women’s model.

May 7
Drunken driving: Police stopped a speeding SUV on Highway 305 near Lovgreen Road at 11:47 p.m. and noted a strong odor of alcohol and teriyaki sauce upon approaching the vehicle. The driver had bloodshot eyes and there was brown teriyaki sauce smeared on his dress shirt and forehead. He admitted to drinking a six pack of beer before driving and said he wash on his way to the ferry. Breathalyzer tests at the station registered the man’s blood alcohol content at .183 and .180. The legal limit is .08. He was booked into Kitsap County jail.

May 6
Crash: The driver of a pickup failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of New Brooklyn and Sportsman Club Road, striking a Subaru outback at low speed. The driver of the Subaru complained of lower back pain but declined medical evaluation. The driver of the pickup was cited for failing to yield.

Pushed off roof: A 19-year-old Kingston man told police he fell 15 feet after his 41-year-old colleague shoved him off the top of a Lovgreen Road residence earlier that day. The younger roofer said he’d aggravated his coworker by failing to hand him a piece of metal and the coworker responded by pushing him off the roof. The teen landed on grass and rocks. He complained of back and head pain but declined medical attention. He asked police to document the incident in case relations with his coworker worsened.

Marijuana: A Bainbridge officer monitoring traffic on High School Road at about 5:30 p.m. saw a passenger in a passing car car light a glass pipe and inhale The officer stopped the car and questioned the passenger, a 31-year-old Port Orchard man. The man produced a pipe and about 9 grams of marijuana in a Tupperware container. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

May 3
Bus vs. pole: A Bainbridge school bus driver backed a bus into a telephone pole on Eagle Harbor Drive at about 3 p.m., breaking the pole off at its base. The driver said she’d missed a turn and was attempting to turn around at the intersection with New Sweden Road. She didn’t see the pole until it was too late. There were no children on the bus at the time.

May 2
Hit and run: An employee of a Winslow Way clinic reported a hit-and-run collision involving the clinic’s mobile unit. The employee was tending to a patient inside the clinic’s trailer when she felt a jolt and heard a popping noise. She stepped outside to investigate and found a pile of broken glass on the ground. Police determined the glass was from the back window of a vehicle, which apparently struck the trailer and left the scene. The trailer was not damaged.

Fall: A 21-year-old employee of a moss removal company was taken to Harrison Medical Center at about 11:20 a.m. after falling from a ladder at a job site on New Holland Court. The man was about 8-feet off the ground when the clamps securing his ladder to the roof broke, causing him to plummet to the ground. He complained of back pain and was transported for evaluation.

May 1
Graffiti: A Bainbridge park district employee reported vandalism at the playground and observatory at Battle Point Park. Graffiti was sprayed on playground toys and one wall of the observatory sometime overnight. Tags on the observatory wall included a colorfully-worded message aimed at Bainbridge police. The park district employee estimated repairs at $300.

April 28
Theft: A license plate was stolen from the front of a car parked on Whited Place NW overnight. The car’s owner drove to work before noticing the plate was missing and calling police. He said he’d been the victim of a car prowl just a few days before.

Theft: A laptop was reported stolen from the front counter of an electronics store on High School Road. An employee told police the computer went missing sometime late that morning or early in the afternoon. The laptop was broken and had been dropped off for repair.

April 26
Car prowl: An Eaglecliff Road resident reported her car had been broken into overnight, one of about five incidents of vehicle prowl police responded to in the area. The woman noticed the door of her car ajar that morning and found the contents of the glove box strewn inside. Nothing appeared missing. She told police she didn’t hear any unusual activity the previous night, and her dog, which usually barks at “everything,” hadn’t barked at anything.

Car prowl: A wallet was stolen from a vehicle parked overnight on Kings Place NW. The vehicle’s owner found the wallet from a neighboring yard, but her ID, credit cards and cash were missing.

Car prowl: A cell phone was reported missing from a vehicle parked in an Eaglecliff Road driveway overnight. The phone was valued at about $50.