Police blotter Jan. 2

January 2, 2013

By Administrator


A 31-year-old Sammamish man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and obstructing a police officer after being pulled over in the Knolls at Inglewood Hill Apartments at around 2 a.m. Dec. 22.

The officer followed the vehicle into the parking lot of the apartment complex after clocking it at 49 mph in a 35 zone. The officer reports that the driver stopped the car, dropped his keys and began walking away from the vehicle and refusing orders to stop until the officer grabbed him by the arm and threatened to use pepper spray if he did not cooperate.

The man smelled of alcohol and refused to answer questions or consent to a breath test. He was booked into Issaquah Jail on suspicion of DUI and failure to obey an officer.


Bumper cars

A resident on the 2200 block of Sahalee Drive East reported that a car collided with his son’s legally parked car in front of his home and then drove away.

The resident heard the collision at around 7 a.m. and looked out his window to see a larger, dark-colored four-door sedan driving away.

The resident called Sahalee security, which shut down the nearest exit point in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle never showed up. Police have no suspects.


Minor behind

the wheel

A 17-year-old Issaquah teen could be charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol following an accident near the corner of East Lake Sammamish Place and East Lake Sammamish Parkway just after midnight Dec. 21. The officer arrived to find one vehicle had rear-ended another as it was stopped at a stop sign.

Both drivers were 17 and one of them had alcohol on his breath, according to the police report. The officer gave the driver a breath test that revealed an estimated blood alcohol level of .03. Given that the driver was underage, the officer arrested him and released him to his parents.


Identity theft

A Sammamish woman reported Dec. 20 that her ex-boyfriend had opened up credit cards and attempted to buy a house in her name. The woman provided documentation to back up the claims. The case remains under investigation.


Resisting arrest

A 40-year-old Sammamish man was arrested on suspicion of malicious mischief and obstructing an officer following a domestic violence call Dec. 17. Police responded to the Sammamish home and contacted the man’s girlfriend.

The woman told police that the man was highly intoxicated and that she had told him to leave the home. During the argument, the man allegedly slammed a door several times, putting a hole in the drywall from the door handle. The woman also reported that the man had pushed past her to leave the house, knocking her to the ground. Police contacted the man, who was riding a bicycle several blocks away. The man refused several orders to stop and talk to police and had to be detained and placed into handcuffs. The woman had no injuries and told police she was not interested in pressing domestic violence charges, but the man was booked into Issaquah Jail on investigation of malicious mischief and obstructing a police officer.


Jewelry theft

A Sammamish resident reported Dec. 20 that approximately $2,500 worth of jewelry had gone missing from her home and that she suspected her house cleaner. There were no signs of forced entry to the home and the house cleaning company was the only people that had been in the home when the items went missing. Police are following up with the cleaning company and the case remains under investigation.



A sliver 8GB iPod that was found in Lower Commons Park in October was turned over to police Dec. 18. A passerby found the electronic and turned it into the front desk at City Hall. Employees had held onto it in hopes that someone would come to claim it, but no one had.


Burglary suspects

A Sammamish officer pulled over two burglary suspects near the corner of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road and Southeast 42nd Street around noon on Dec. 18. An officer from another department reported seeing a vehicle tied to previous burglaries in Auburn in the area but lost track of it. A Sammamish officer found the vehicle and pulled it over. The occupants, both 20-year-old Puyallup residents, told police that they had been going to Snoqualmie Pass but had gotten lost. The pair consented to a search of their vehicle. The officer noted a bag of costume jewelry and various knives, but could not tie any of the items inside to any burglaries. The officer let the pair go since he did not have probable cause to arrest them.


Credit cards stolen

An Issaquah resident reported that two credit cards were stolen from his wallet as he was showering at an athletic club at around 1:15 p.m. Dec. 8. The man had locked his locker, but hung up a key just outside of the shower. When he got home he received an email alert from his credit card company about a $1,800 purchase at the Apple Store in Bellevue. All told, nearly $8,000 was charged to his credit cards before they were cancelled. Police are working with staff at the club to identify suspects.



A 37-year-old Sammamish woman was arrested on suspicion of having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated after being stopped near the corner of Trossachs Boulevard Southeast and Southeast 18th Street at around 2 a.m. Dec. 22. An officer saw the vehicle come to a complete stop while partially in the travel lane of the road. The vehicle then turned its lights off. Curious, the officer contacted the driver, who told police that she and her husband had just returned from a Christmas party and that they had stopped “to smooch,” according to the police report. The woman smelled of alcohol and declined to do any field sobriety tests. She was arrested on suspicion of DUI and blew a .13 on a breath test, over the .08 legal limit for driving. Her vehicle was impounded and she was dropped off at her home.


Heroin overdose

Police responded to a home in Sammamish just before midnight Dec. 22 after a 20-year-old man overdosed on heroin. Police officers and firefighters were met at the door by an angry pit bull that was aggressively lunging at the first responders. Police used their Taser to restrain the dog. Another occupant in the home then moved the dog into a closet so that police could enter. Inside, they found the 20-year-old victim gasping for air and unresponsive. Aid units transferred him to Swedish Hospital in Issaquah for treatment. Police found a used syringe nearby and the other occupant of the home confirmed that the victim had been using heroin.


Domestic violence

A 51-year-old Sammamish resident was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree assault after allegedly getting into an altercation with his wife the morning of Dec. 20. A passerby called police after seeing the man and woman fighting in front of their apartment complex. Police contacted both parties, who told police that they had begun arguing over the keys to the car. The husband told police that he was attempting to take away the woman’s car keys. The wife told police that the man had put her in a bear hug and twisted her arm in an attempt to get the keys away. The man, who police say suffers from mental illness, was booked into King County Jail.

Missing license plate

On Dec. 20, police contacted a Sammamish resident whose license plate had been found in a suspect’s vehicle in Burien. The resident was not aware that the plate was missing and told police that he didn’t know anyone in Burien. The case remains under investigation.


Bump in the night

A resident on the 2800 block of 258th Place Southeast reported that they heard their garage door open just after midnight Dec. 19. The resident went downstairs and discovered their garage open and the front door to their vehicle open, but no one in the area. No items appeared to be missing from the vehicle or the garage and police believe the suspect may have accidentally bumped the garage door opener while looking through the vehicle. Police have no suspects.


Items in the police blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.

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