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- Restaurant owner DUI: A Capitol Hill chef was busted for driving under the influence last week just blocks from the Capitol Hill restaurant he owns. Philippe Thomelin, 44, has pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge following his arrest early last Wednesday morning.
According to the police report on the incident, Thomelin was spotted by an officer conducting a center-lane traffic stop around 1:30 AM on 12th Ave just north of Pine. The report says a silver Subaru station wagon “traveling well above the speed limit of 30mph” and veering out of its lane nearly struck the officer who then gave chase and made a traffic stop directly in front of the precinct at 12th and Pine.
According to the report, Thomelin smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and failed a series of field sobriety tests including an attempt to balance on one leg when he “nearly fell over.” Thomelin, the owner of upscale Capitol Hill restaurant Olivar, told police he had been drinking red wine before leaving work.
Inside the precinct, tests showed Thomelin had a blood alcohol limit above the legal limit:
Thomelin’s attorney Joseph Marshall confirmed to CHS that his client has pleaded not guilty to the charge and said Thomelin is “looking forward to contesting this charge in court.”
“He’s a longtime community member of Capitol Hill,” Marshall said.
In July, CHS reported on Thomelin’s celebration of Olivar’s five-year anniversary at 806 E Roy.
- First Hill elevator attack: A 19-year-old man has been charged with indecent liberties in an August 18th incident that took place inside an elevator in the First Hill Coppins Well apartment building at Minor and Madison. According to court documents, Roman Kudryashov is alleged to have attacked a 23-year-old resident of the building as she was taking her dog to the roof just after midnight. The documents say the victim’s boyfriend was able to intervene by waiting for the elevator on the building’s 12th floor and taking pictures of Kudryashov as allegedly attempted to flee. Kudryashov was arrested and told police he had been drinking at a rooftop party at the building earlier that night and had no recollection of the elevator incident. A $25,000 warrant was issued for the 19-year-old’s arrest last week. He is not currently in custody. KIRO talked with the victim about the attack and has included the photos of the suspect here.
- Cal Anderson camp ask SPD to clear campers: Seattle Police were called to Cal Anderson Monday morning to clear out transient campers as a soccer camp with dozens of children waited to take the field. There were no immediate arrests related to the clearance has two officers and a Seattle Parks ranger responded to Bobby Morris to clear the field and tell the campers to move along. Cal Anderson remains an SPD “emphasis patrol” and is at the center of efforts to abate crime in the area through secondary measures like leaving the park’s lights on overnight and budgeting additional ranger hours for patrol and assistance. The park’s annual influx of campers isn’t anything new — though occasionally the campers are able to surprise.