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Downed power lines, sliding vehicles among snow incidents | Mercer Island Police Blotter
Six incidents resulting from the inclement weather on Mercer Island have been reported.
On Jan. 19 a downed power line in the 6500 block of West Mercer Way caused a fire, which was put out by Puget Sound Energy. A power line also went down on a car.
A Mercedes wagon encountered a steep incline with two inches of unplowed snow on Jan. 15 and slid into the northwest curb at 2:30 p.m., westbound in the 6800 block of S.E. 32nd Street. The vehicle was traveling at approximately 5 mph and its front end was damaged. It was not towed, and the 57-year-old driver was not injured.
Another vehicle, an Audi sedan, slid down a steep slope out of a private drive, covered in two inches of unplowed snow, at an estimated 3 mph and struck an unoccupied, parked vehicle at the bottom of the slope at 7:10 p.m., Jan. 15, in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue S.E. Both vehicles were damaged. The driver, 31, was not injured, and his vehicle was not towed.
A pickup truck slowed considerably on a slick, snowy roadway while turning onto Island Crest Way from the I-90 off-ramp, and was rear-ended by another pickup at 8:01 a.m., Jan. 18. The victim, 29, reported soreness in his neck, back and hip, and his vehicle was towed. The other driver, a 36-year-old Sammamish resident, was cited for following to closely.
A Toyota SUV lost traction and slid backward down an icy incline at 2:09 a.m., Jan. 21, in the 4200 bock of 95th Avenue S.E. The SUV, driven by an 18-year-old woman, struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle on the roadway south of the driveway. The parked vehicle was pushed into a free-standing basketball goal, and both vehicles were damaged beyond the damage threshold. There were no injuries, and neither vehicle was towed.
Fender-bender: A woman, 30, was cited for driver inattention after rear-ending a vehicle stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk at 8:20 a.m. at S.E. 24th Street and 72nd Avenue S.E. The driver had glanced down while grabbing a key card for her office. She did not see that the vehicle had stopped. Her vehicle was towed. No injuries were reported.
Arrest: Police arrested a 33-year-old Mercer Island woman at 1:55 p.m. at her residence on 72nd Avenue S.E. on four Seattle misdemeanor warrants. She was transferred into Seattle Police Department custody.
Bike theft: An unknown suspect stole a Cross Trail bicycle out of the public bike storage area at the Shorewood Apartments after cutting the bike lock, sometime after Dec. 11. The bike belonged to a 15-year-old boy.
Car damage: The driver's side mirror of a woman's vehicle was damaged while it was parked at the North Mercer Way park and ride between 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. There is no suspect information.
Fender-bender: A 75-year-old Mercer Island man was cited for unsafe backing after striking a vehicle that was leaving the North Mercer park and ride upper lot at 6:15 p.m. The victim's vehicle was damaged. No injuries were reported.
DUI: The son of a Mercer Island woman involved in a DUI hit-and-run followed his mother in an attempt to prevent her from driving after 11:50 a.m. Police arrested the woman at 12:42 p.m. in the 3600 block of 84th Avenue S.E. She refused standard sobriety tests. Police released her to the fire department, and she was taken to Overlake Hospital to be evaluated. The victim was a 16-year-old Mercer Island boy whose vehicle was damaged on its driver's side. Both vehicles were damaged in the incident.
Order violation: A 61-year-old man emailed a Mercer Island woman of the same address multiple times after Dec. 26 and violated a protection order. The man moved to England with no plans to return.
Accident: A sedan driven by a 19-year-old woman pulled out from Merrimount Drive in front of an oncoming Passat at 1:45 p.m. in the 4400 block of Island Crest Way. She misjudged how close the oncoming car actually was, and the other driver could not avoid the collision. Both drivers sustained injuries, including scrapes on their chests. The 18-year-old driver of the Passat also had a scraped knee. Both vehicles were towed. One witness was present.
Malicious mischief: Someone removed three stop signs from the intersection of S.E. 68th Street and 84th Avenue S.E. between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. and stacked them against the fourth northbound stop sign, which was damaged — splitting at the bottom — after someone attempted to knock it over.
Accident: A vehicle went off the road and struck a tree in front of a residence in the 2700 block of 72nd Avenue S.E. at 7 a.m. after the driver, a 17-year-old male, looked down. He was cited for inattention. The vehicle rotated 90 degrees before stopping, and it was towed. No injuries were reported.
Honest citizen: An anonymous person found a credit card at a Mercer Island gas station on Jan. 4 and submitted it to police at 10:40 a.m. Police contacted the owner and placed the card in will-call, but it was not picked up. Police then returned the card to the owner, a Mercer Island woman, by mail.
Fraud: A 22-year-old Mercer Island woman received a fraudulent check in the mail after applying for a job on Craigslist to be a caretaker of a man's diabetic sister. The victim received weird email responses and a check for $4,950 postmarked from Louisiana along with a list of instructions to keep $400 and send the rest through two Western Union transactions from different places to a Texas leasing office. The victim did not deposit the check and brought it to the MIPD.
Accident: A Nissan sedan collided with a pickup at 3:56 p.m. in the intersection of West Mercer Way and S.E. 24th Street. The 29-year-old driver of the sedan was transported to a hospital with injuries to his ribs and left wrist, and his vehicle was towed. He was cited for failing to yield the right of way after both drivers claimed that they each had the right of way and was struck by the other. One witness was present but did not know who had the right of way.
Burglary: The owner of Tony Maroni's Pizza on 78th Avenue S.E. reported hearing his cash register till open and saw a young man run out of the store at 10:24 p.m. The suspect, a 22-year-old Mercer Island resident, said that he had permission to be in the store and frequently visits an employee after hours. The suspect did not have any money with him, and the owner did not know if money was missing from the cash register.
Arrest: Mercer Island police took a 19-year-old male into custody at 12:50 a.m. on four misdemeanor warrants after the suspect was arrested by Redmond police. The warrants were for marijuana possession ($2,500), minor in possession ($2,500), driving with a suspended license ($1,000), and failing to transfer a title ($2,500). He was booked into the Issaquah Jail.
Arrest: Police stopped a vehicle at 4:03 a.m. in the 7600 block of North Mercer Way for a traffic offense. Police detected an odor of marijuana in the vehicle and on the driver, a 24-year-old Seattle resident. He was arrested and later released.
Theft: A 78-year-old Mercer Island man reported the disappearance of his deceased wife's wedding ring. He had kept it in her jewelry box in the bedroom after she died, but he discovered it was missing on Dec. 27 when he went to Hawaii to divide his wife's jewelry between their daughters. The ring went missing sometime after April 21, 2011.
Liquor violation: Police stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at 12:23 a.m. in the 2800 block of 82nd Avenue S.E. and found that the driver and passenger, both 18-year-old males, had been drinking. Both were arrested and released later to an adult.
Animal complaint: A dog lunged at a 47-year-old jogger and bit his thigh at 1:45 p.m. in the 8400 block of S.E. 71st Street, causing a one to two-inch tear. Three boys were walking their dog, who was on a leash. The jogger received medical aid at the scene and was told he should get stitches.
Missing person: An 87-year-old Mercer Island woman was reported missing at 8:58 p.m. in the 8200 block of Merrimount Drive. Her husband, 87, phoned her at home and asked her to pick him up at the South end QFC, but she never came. After the man got a ride home from a stranger, he discovered that his wife was not there and her car was gone. Later, it was discovered that the woman had run out of gas on the way to QFC.
Arrest: Police stopped an SUV with expired tabs at 4:53 p.m. in the 9000 block of S.E. 68th Street. The driver, 42, was arrested for driving with a suspended license. He signed a waiver of impound and was later released from the MIPD.
Fender-bender: An SUV did not stop for a stop sign in the 3300 block of 78th Avenue S.E. and rear-ended another SUV directly ahead at 5:48 p.m. The driver, 43, was cited for inattention. Both vehicles were damaged. There were no injuries, and both parties refused medical treatment.
Car prowl: Someone stole a Sirius satellite radio receiver from an unlocked Honda Civic overnight in the 9000 block of West Shorewood Drive. The receiver had been suction-cupped to the windshield.