Police blotter Feb. 13
February 13, 2013
Police were called to a Sammamish home Feb. 2 after an intoxicated resident broke items and began putting furniture and other household items in the front yard. Neighbors called police because the garage door had been left open overnight and they were concerned that the home had been burglarized.
Police arrived to find various items strewn about the front yard and the occupant of the home apparently passed out inside. The man, who had crashed his vehicle into a ditch and been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence two days earlier, did not wake despite the officers pounding on the door and windows of the home.
Concerned for his welfare, police entered the unlocked front door and shook the man to wake him up. The man was incoherent and could not sit up under his own power but denied having been drinking despite recently purchased empty liquor bottles found in the home.
The man was transported to the hospital for detox. Police also confiscated two firearms from the home, including an assault rifle, out of concern for the man’s safety. The man’s wife told police that her husband was an alcoholic and that she was in the process of filing for divorce. She told police that she feared for her safety around the man and officers provided her with information on domestic violence resources.
A 26-year-old Sammamish man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after being pulled over on the 3000 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at around 2 a.m. Feb. 2. An officer clocked the man’s vehicle at 59 mph in a 35 zone. The man smelled of alcohol and his vehicle did not contain an ignition interlock, which was required because of a previous DUI conviction. The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests and blew a .16 on a portable breath test – double the legal limit for driving. His vehicle was impounded and he was booked into Issaquah Jail.
A 17-year-old Sammamish teen was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after an officer found marijuana and vodka in his vehicle at around 11 p.m. Feb. 2. An officer saw the teen’s vehicle parked late at night in the parking lot of Margaret Mead Elementary School, with several teenage boys inside.
When the officer contacted the vehicle he could immediately smell marijuana. After the officer promised that the teens would not be charged with drug possession if they fessed up, they turned over a bag of marijuana. The officer could smell marijuana on the driver and noticed “a thick brown and green-colored coating on his tongue,” leading the officer to suspect that he was under the influence of marijuana. The teen performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was taken to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital for a blood test. The teens were released to their parents.
A Sammamish resident reported that an iPad went missing from his home Dec. 15. The man told police that he suspects his house cleaner, who last cleaned the home around the time the device went missing and has not returned calls since. The case remains under investigation.
A Redmond man found a credit card in the Safeway parking lot the afternoon of Jan. 28 and turned it into police. Police were able to locate the owner, who did not realize it was missing and was appreciative of having it back.
A resident in the Madison Apartments reported that someone had dented his car and broke his windshield in the early morning hours Jan. 27. The man reported that he heard a commotion at around 2 a.m. and looked outside to see a man standing on a vehicle next to his. The next day, the man found large footprints and dents in the hood of his vehicle and a broken windshield. The case remains under investigation.
A resident on the 24500 block of Southeast 30th Street reported that someone had thrown a beer bottle at her home Jan. 25. The resident told police that similar incidents had been occurring for the past 10 years and that she believes it is related to teenagers who go into the woods in Beaver Lake Park to party. Police advised the woman to call the next time she sees anyone suspicious in the area.