Police Beat - May 9, 2011

  • Written by Kelly Parker

Blind Spot

April 27: An officer assisting with traffic control at a very well marked Woodinville construction site was engaged in conversation with other officers during a lull in traffic when she noticed a vehicle hurtling toward them at a speed unfit for an area where construction is ongoing. It was clear as the driver proceeded that he had no intention of stopping. The officer yelled and waved her arms to make the hazards more obvious to Mr. Oblivious. He braked hard as workers at the site fled for safety. The officer promptly approached the driver and found him enjoying a nicotine fix. She asked if he had been drinking — as there were a number of signs to indicate alcohol was at issue, such as an unopened frothy beverage in the center console — but received no response.She asked how he had missed all the indications of the construction site.

"All I saw was the ‘slow’ sign," he answered.

The officer expressed a state of incredulity, but this did not alter the driver’s perception. Another officer arrived on scene to deal with the driver.The driver told this officer that he had a couple of drinks and admitted that perhaps they had affected him a touch.He refused to do voluntary field sobriety tests; he was arrested. Upon being seated in the patrol car, the man requested an opportunity to relieve himself but was told by the arresting officer that he’d have to wait a wee bit until they arrived at the precinct office.

A breath sample taken later revealed the driver to be kinda sorta really completely over the legal limit. Related charges soon to come!

Flame Out

May 3: A report of vandalism drew an officer to a Woodinville bar where the victim had been providing his vocal services.

Earlier in the evening, the singer was confronted by a former love interest and an argument ensued before the aggrieved woman took her leave. Nearly an hour later, the singer went to his vehicle to find it had been keyed. His current love interest reported that her keys and wallet were missing from her jacket, which she had left unattended. The missing keys were later discovered near the singer’s car, but the woman’s wallet was nowhere to be found. The man immediately concluded that his former flame was in the wrong. The officer attempted to telephone her, without success. (Police in a nearby town visited the flame’s home, but no one answered.)

Photos of the singer’s vehicle were taken and a case opened related to the stolen wallet.

Police Beat - May 2, 2011

  • Written by Kelly Parker


April 21: A group of businesses involved in the renovation of a Woodinville building left their materials and tools in the building overnight.

On this morning, the first employee who arrived found that the deadbolts on the doors were not locked. He then noticed that someone had been inside and liberated a number of items, an air compressor, a computer, and nail guns, among them.

Additionally, the thief made off with lots and lots of copper. (It seems securing mineral leases is too much work for the criminal element.) Another employee arrived soon thereafter and called police.

The responding officer dusted the building for prints, which had unpromising results. He contacted all interested parties who might have lost something to learn more specifics. No other details were known about the identity of the suspect.


April 16: A Woodinville man was awakened early in the morning by his infant, perhaps not all that suspicious to anyone who knows anything about infants. But when he went downstairs to tend to his child, he observed that his front lawn had been sullied.

A plethora of plastic spoons and toilet paper littered the area, strewn about the grass, driveway, and home. No suspects were seen and there were no witnesses to the offending act. The man was concerned that the detritus was potentially a nonverbal communication from a man — a roof-cleaning solicitor — with whom he and his wife had a disagreement. They were not certain of a connection between the incidents or whether the whole affair could be chalked up to adolescent high jinks.