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November 30, 2011

POlice Blotter Driving while (increasingly) intoxicated A 40-year-old Sammamish man was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest and driving without a required ignition interlock after an officer pulled him over for driving without headlights after dark Nov. 14. A patrol officer attempted to pull the man’s vehicle over near the corner of 216th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 9th Street at around 8:15 p.m. The

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man did not stop, though the officer had his overhead lights and siren on. The man pulled into his driveway on the 21300 block of Northeast 10th Place and the officer pulled behind him. According to the police report, the man appeared intoxicated, with slurred speech and the odor of alcohol coming from his vehicle. The man became very argumentative when asked to exit his vehicle, explaining that the officer had no right to arrest him on private property. The man’s girlfriend, a 36-year-old Sammamish woman, came outside and got in between the officer and the man, echoing her boyfriend’s assertions that the officer had to leave because he was on private property. The officer called for backup from other officers and warned the woman that she would be arrested for obstructing an officer

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if she did not leave the area. The man, still refusing to leave the vehicle, told the officer he “would not be arrested” and took off his coat while inside his vehicle. The officer, noting that he was in a dark driveway with two agitated suspects, reports that he saw this as a “pre-fight indicator” and informed the man that he needed to step out of the vehicle or he would be pepper-sprayed. The man reportedly told the officer, “Go ahead,” and the officer obliged the man. The man was pulled from the vehicle with help from other officers that had arrived on the scene. The man continued to resist arrest and had to be handcuffed. An aid unit was called to rinse the man’s eyes. A check of the man’s record revealed that he was required to have an ignition interlock device due to earlier DUI charges, though his vehicle did not have such a device. The man threatened to sue the officers and the department while being processed for DUI. The man was given four different breath tests more than two hours after he had been pulled over and each successive test revealed an increasing estimate of the alcohol in his bloodstream. The tests topped out at .26, more than three times the legal limit for driving. Concerned about the prospect of alcohol poisoning, police called an aid unit to take the man to Overlake Hospital for detoxification. The man’s girlfriend was booked into Issaquah Jail on suspicion of obstructing an officer.

Open doors, stolen things A resident on the 20500 block of Northeast 21st Court had a purse, electronics and a guitar

stolen from their garage overnight Nov. 12. The resident told police they had arrived home at around 11:30 p.m. and may have left their garage door open overnight. Several credit cards, a digital camera and an Ovation acoustic guitar were among the items stolen.

Suspended license A 32-year-old Seattle woman was cited for driving with a suspended license after being pulled over on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road near Southeast 32nd Street just before 1 a.m. Nov. 14. The woman told police that she couldn’t afford to pay the ticket that led her to lose her license and also couldn’t miss work. Police advised her to take the bus next time and wrote her

a second suspended license ticket.

Suspended license A 52-year-old Sammamish man was cited for driving with a suspended license after being pulled over for allegedly driving 38 mph in the 20 mph school zone in front of Discovery Elementary School at around 9 a.m. Nov. 14. The man’s license had been suspended due to unpaid tickets. His vehicle was impounded and he was released to family.

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