A scooter on the loose and a Mustang on the lawn | Port Orchard Police

PORT ORCHARD — The following summaries are derived from reports filed over the past week by the Port Orchard police department. The summaries are not meant to be considered a complete recounting of incidents under police investigation.

March 13

Police units responded to the 200 block of Lippert Drive W. on a report of malicious mischief. A caller reported that her ex-wife had broken their dishes.

The former spouse and the caller’s ex-wife had come to retrieve some of her belongings from their apartment, with the help of some of her friends. When the former wife began taking dishes from the cabinet, the reporting party told her not to take them. If she wanted them, the caller said she could request them in civil court — but not take them at that time. The ex was reported to have gotten angry and slammed the plates on the counter, breaking them.

With broken dishes in a pile on the counter, the officer spoke with the ex to get her side of the story, but not before she was read her Miranda rights and placed in handcuffs. The ex said her former wife had texted her earlier to say she could take the dishes.

As she picked up the dishes, the caller was reported to have said “don’t (expletive) touch them!” When she went to set them down on the counter, the ex said she accidentally dropped them and they broke.

Her friends, who were at the scene at the time, were asked by the officer if they’d seen her break them. The friends said they’d only heard the crash. A third witness told the officer he saw the ex accidentally drop the plates. Because the officer did not have probable cause to believe there was intent to break the dishes, the visiting ex was released from handcuffs and the officer departed.

March 11

An officer responded to a residence at the 1400 block of Howard Avenue for a suspicious incident.

The reporting party said she woke up to find an unoccupied white Ford Mustang parked on her front lawn. The caller said there was no car there when she returned from her graveyard shift job at 7:45 a.m.

When she woke up at 2 p.m., the caller discovered the vehicle on her lawn. The officer told the caller that the vehicle had not been reported stolen and that the registered owner was not in the database to contact.

At a seeming dead-end, the officer said she would have to get it towed at her own expense because it was on her property. As a tow truck arrived and began hooking up the car, the vehicle’s registered owner came out of a neighboring house. She apologized for parking on the lawn, but explained that the owner of the home for whom she had been cleaning had directed her to park on the lawn.

When the owner of the house was contacted, he confirmed the woman had indeed been hired to clean the residence, which was being prepared to sell. Checking inside, the officer saw cleaning supplies being used in the house. The homeowner explained that the cleaner may have misunderstood his parking directions and parked her car where it shouldn’t have been. She relocated the vehicle, the officer departed and the cleaner went back to work.

An officer traveling westbound on Bethel Avenue was approaching a stoplight at the intersection of Bethel and Bay streets when he observed a green passenger vehicle making a left-hand turn from Bay onto Bethel. The vehicle then started its travels going eastbound in the westbound lane of travel. The sudden directional change caused the officer to take evasive action and pull into the right-hand turn lane.

With emergency lights activated, the officer followed the wayward car in pursuit. The vehicle continued in an eastbound direction until it crossed the center turn lane and came to a slow rolling stop.

The officer approached the vehicle and asked the driver if she knew why she was being stopped. Responding in a slurred manner, the driver said the officer was “spying on me.” He corrected her by saying the stop was prompted by her traveling in the wrong direction and almost striking the patrol car.

The officer noticed an open, empty beer bottle on the driver’s side floorboard. When asked to produce a driver’s license and registration, she could only provide a Washington state ID. The driver was observed slumping in the driver’s seat, speaking in a slurred and labored manner, with slow and deliberate movements and bloodshot, watery eyes.

The officer inquired about the number of drinks she had that day: She replied “two.” When asked to perform field sobriety tests, she stumbled from her vehicle and failed each one. Cuffed and placed in the patrol car, the woman later was read her Miranda rights but refused to sign the police document.

She was booked for DUI and issued a criminal citation. Bail was set at $10,000.

March 9

An officer was dispatched to a bar at the 100 block of Bethel Avenue concerning a vehicle prowl. The caller said he had arrived at the bar about a half-hour earlier and entered the establishment.

While inside, he realized that he’d left his keys inside his black 2002 Mercedes-Benz. As he walked to his car, he told the officer he had noticed the passenger door was ajar. Upon checking inside, he confirmed that his car and house keys, vehicle registration and cigarettes were gone. He also said he’d failed to lock his car door and had no idea who might have taken the items.

The officer checked with the bar manager to find out if the parking lot had surveillance video — it didn’t.

March 8

An officer patrolling the parking lot of a Bethel grocery store was flagged down by the store’s manager, who said an electric, motorized shopping cart/scooter had been taken from the premises. He said a customer who had used it shopping an hour before took off with the scooter, heading northbound on Mitchell.

The mobilized customer earlier had been seen inside driving the scooter in a heavily intoxicated state. Employees were directed by the manager not to sell the customer alcohol. The officer and manager were informed by a customer that a man was seen driving the scooter near a funeral home on Mitchell.

After the officer headed out to investigate, he found the scooter on its side at the bottom of a hill, with a male lying on the ground nearby.

While approaching the man, the officer reported he could smell a strong odor of intoxicants.

The scooterless man told the officer he was taking his ride to a friend’s house, where he was going to stay. He said he was “out of it” due to taking prescription pills and alcohol, and had no answer as to how he got there and where the scooter came from.

The man was so intoxicated and unable to respond to questioning, he was taken to a friend’s house and placed under close watch. The officer asked a nearby truck driver if he would be willing to give the scooter, valued at $2,500, a lift back to the store.

The store manager said the scooter was still operational, although the battery needed to be recharged.

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