Police Log

Posted 9/19/17

The Port Townsend Police Department responded to 252 calls between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14. Among those calls were 3 reports of burglaries, 1 incident of someone driving under the influence, 2 reports …

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The Port Townsend Police Department responded to 252 calls between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14. Among those calls were 3 reports of burglaries, 1 incident of someone driving under the influence, 2 reports of harassment, 3 incidents related to suicide and 10 calls about traffic issues. Officers made 91 traffic stops.

Some of the incidents included the following reports:

At 5:25 p.m., Sept. 8, an officer stopped a vehicle on S. Discovery Road traveling 60 mph in a 40-mph speed zone. The driver was issued a notice of infraction.

At 2 a.m. on Sept. 9, police arrested a man who was attempting to gain entrance to a residence on Pierce Street. The suspect, the boyfriend of the homeowner’s daughter, was intoxicated when he attempted to make entry into the residence. Police later discovered the suspect’s shoes in the living room of the home, confirming he actually had made entry. The suspect was taken to Jefferson Healthcare for evaluation before being transported to jail.

A 9-year-old student was riding his bicycle on San Juan Avenue when he ran into the side of a slow-moving vehicle at 8:28 a.m. on Sept. 11. The vehicle stopped, and the driver and a passerby provided assistance to the student. The passerby took the student to school and reported the incident to office personnel. The student’s parents were called, and they took the boy an urgent care clinic. He did not sustain any major injuries. No citations were issued.

A business owner contacted police at 12:35 p.m. on Sept. 11 with questions about street musicians blocking his business entryway on Water Street. The subjects were no longer at the business when officers arrived on the scene. The caller was advised that musicians are allowed to play on the public sidewalk on Water Street.

At 4:50 p.m. on Sept. 11, officers responded to the dock at Quincy and Madison streets where teenagers and young adults were seen running around in their underwear and yelling profanities. One of the individuals with whom police spoke said he had been swimming and was letting his underwear dry out. Another subject was heard yelling loudly. All subjects were warned about camping on the viewing dock.

An officer responded at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 to a business on Water Street where there were people on the pier playing drums. The reporting party said the subjects had been there all day. When police arrived, the subjects were not playing their drums. The reporting party was told that such drumming would not be a noise violation until 1 a.m.

A driver was issued a citation for operating a vehicle without insurance and driving while using an electronic device at 12:28 p.m. on Sept. 12. The driver, who was traveling on Tyler Street, told the officer she was unaware of the cell phone laws.

A woman reported that while her car was parked on Gaines Street, the gas tank on the vehicle had been punctured and gas syphoned out of the tank. The incident occurred at 2 p.m. on Sept. 12. She said this was the second time this had happened.

A man was arrested at 4 a.m. on Sept. 13 for traveling 51 mph in a 30-mph speed zone on Sims Way and for crossing the centerline and turning into a parking lot through a “No Entry” driveway. The driver had no registration and no proof of insurance. He was arrested on a warrant out of Oregon for unlawful possession of a motor vehicle. He was transported to jail.

At 11 p.m. on Sept. 13, an officer issued a notice of infraction to a driver traveling 54 mph in a 35-mph speed zone on Hastings Avenue.

A person called police at 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 13 to report two men sitting on the beach in lawn chairs off Decatur Street shooting at birds with slingshots.

At 7:15 a.m. on Sept. 14, police were called to a store on Sims Way where a man was sleeping on a bench in front of the store with a machete sticking out of his backpack. The reporting party attempted to wake the subject, but he did not respond. Police were told this was an ongoing issue. A trespass admonishment was issued to the subject. Another male subject was found sleeping on a picnic table in the area.

A man called police at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 to report he had lost a medical backpack out of his truck on Sheridan Street. When he went back to retrieve it, it was gone. He drove around the area looking for it. The officer investigating the incident received a phone call from a person who said he had found a backpack on Sheridan Street and noticed it held medical supplies. He turned it in for the owner to claim.


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