Blotter | DUI crash leaves driver soaked in Portage Bay

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  • Child hit by car on 10th Ave E: A child came through a scary incident relatively unscathed after being hit at low speed by a driver Monday morning just after 8 AM at 10th and Boston near the Bertschi School. According to initial 911 reports, the 4-year-old was alert, conscious, and not obviously injured after being “rolled over” by the car and hit by the driver in the “low speed” collision.
  • 12th Ave E guest robbed: The victim in a January armed robbery of a laptop reported the crime to police after seeing the suspect again last Sunday, March 18th. According to the report on the incident, the victim was staying in a 12th Ave E short-term rental with other guests when the suspect came into the victim’s room armed with a taser:
    The victim told police he was able to track down the suspect’s phone number from other guests:
    Police said the building’s owner was also not much help:There were no reported arrests.
  • 20th Ave E home invasion: Police believe drugs may have been involved in another armed robbery at a Capitol Hill residence reported long after the incident. According to a report on the 100 block 20th Ave E home invasion robbery, the victim waited three weeks to report the February 18th incident to police. “It is possible that the suspects may have been motivated to commit the home invasion of the apartment in order to steal narcotics, which may account for the belated report,” police write. The victim described two suspects to police and said the incident followed a January disagreement with another man over a laptop. Police say the victim told officers he believed the man from the laptop disagreement had arranged for the robbery and its two quarreling suspects:

    The suspect said the robbery crew made off with a passport and birth certificate found in an unlocked safe, a digital camera, and two remote control drones. “The suspects also stole about $300 in cash from V/XXXX wallet, his house, car and mailbox keys from a hook hanging near the front door and a bottle of unknown number of XXXX pills,” police write. There have been no arrests.

  • Portage Bay DUI crash: Police found the driver soaked, wobbly, and smelling of alcohol after emergency crews rushed to Portage Bay and found a car crashed into the water and partially submerged in an early March incident. According to the SPD report on the Sunday, March 4th afternoon crash, the 56-year-old driver was pulled from the driver’s seat in the partially submerged blue 2003 Subaru Forester after witnesses reported hearing the vehicle revving its engine and then crashing over embankment into Portage Bay. Seattle Fire assisted in getting the driver onto dry land where SPD say the driver showed further signs of intoxication. Police took him into custody and to the hospital for evaluation.

    Once in custody, the driver began to exhibit signs of a possible mental health crisis. “At the East precinct, I learned that XXXX had refused the breath test and refused to sign any paperwork related to the incident,” police write. “I observed XXXX rolling around on the floor inside of his holding cell and he took his shoes off. XXXX even began to scream loudly while rolling around on the floor of the holding cell.” According to the report, the driver was cited and released after blood samples were taken. He has not yet been charged in the incident.

  • Doughnut robbers: Two shoplifting suspects at a Summit Ave E business mistakenly tried to make their getaway through a door that led to the store’s office, not its exit in a March 16th incident being investigated as a robbery:
    Police made no immediate arrests. The suspects, now wanted for felony robbery for grabbing the employee, reportedly made off with two bottles of Snapple and a box of doughnuts.
  • Broadway power tool burglar: A resident in a Broadway apartment building reported finding a burglary suspect and his trusty power tool in a Monday, March 19th break-in:
    Police arrived to find the community mailboxes busted into and the mail room scattered with open packages. There were no reported arrests.
  • 11/Union crash: Police say there were no major injuries and drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor after a two-vehicle collision at 11th and Union left one car upside down in a Monday afternoon crash. The 2:30 PM collision of the Toyota Rav 4 and a Volvo sedan tied up the intersection until around 4 PM, police say.

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