Man allegedly tries to hit Bremerton police officer with car

BREMERTON — A Port Orchard man allegedly attempted to hit a Bremerton police officer with a car after he and another person were found asleep in the driveway of a vacant residence, police said.

Thomas Stewart-Whiteman, 27, is charged with assault in the second degree, hit and run, possession of a controlled substance and malicious mischief in the first degree, according to Kitsap County Superior Court documents. He is currently being held in Kitsap County Jail.

Just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, two officers were called to 107 N. Callow Ave. to check on two people found asleep in the driveway by an employee of Kitsap Real Estate Group, who was there to clean the home. The man had attempted to wake them by “pounding on the vehicle,” but to no avail.

Two officers arrived on scene, one of whom lifted up some cardboard that had been fixed on the passenger side window.

The driver, who officers later learned was Stewart-Whiteman, started the car and repeatedly threw it into reverse and then into a forward gear in a confined area. He is accused of attempting to hit one of the police officers with his car during this incident.

As the officers commanded him to stop, he allegedly hit a trailer belonging to the person who called 911, a neighboring fence, and the support beam of the house’s carport.

Once the vehicle became stuck, an officer used the opportunity to slash one of the tires with a duty knife to prevent any further movement.

As officers attempted to apprehend him, he escaped and ran toward 1st Avenue where he was found on a porch. He allegedly tried to escape a second time, but was tackled by an officer. Suboxone film was also allegedly found on his person during a search.

A K-9 unit responded and the vehicle tested positive for the presence of narcotics. A search warrant was received and executed as officers allegedly found drug paraphernalia and small amounts of methamphetamine.