Police arrested two men for criminal trespassing around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in the 9800 block of Mercerwood Drive. Police observed the two suspects exit their vehicle and peer into windows of a residence. The suspects — ages 21 and 32, residents of Des Moines and Auburn — were found to have a baseball bat, gloves, screwdrivers and other tools used in burglaries.
By the numbers
In the month of December, the Mercer Island Police Department made 26 arrests and reported 14 burglaries, 26 thefts, one auto theft and one assault. There were 966 total calls for service, 45 parking tickets and 163 total citations. Traffic incidents included 11 accidents, two hit-and-run accidents, one DUI accident and one DUI arrest.
DUI: A Mercer Island police officer stopped a Toyota Corolla driving with its headlights off at 1:03 a.m. in the 7000 block of Bellevue Way. The 23-year-old driver admitted drinking three beers. He was arrested and charged on investigation of DUI.
Arrest: Police booked a 19-year-old Seattle man into the Issaquah Jail on an outstanding $5,000 DUI warrant.
DUI: A Mercer Island police officer arrested a 48-year-old man for DUI after he ran a red light in the intersection of Bellevue Way and N.E. 7th Street at 1:37 a.m. The driver failed standard sobriety tests and smelled strongly of intoxicants.
DUI: An Acura Integra sped up close behind a police car and quickly slowed down at 10:56 p.m. in the 8800 block of eastbound I-90. As the officer slowed, the 22-year-old driver pulled over and stopped “of his own volition,” according to the police report. The officer arrested the driver, a Bellevue resident, who had been drinking.
Bike found: A bike left for several days in front of the Mary Wayte Pool, in the 8800 block of S.E. 40th Street, was placed into the MIPD found property.
Theft: Someone used a Mercer Island man’s information to obtain a false tax return in 2011. The fraud is being investigated by the IRS.
Arrest: A 50-year-old man was arrested on two outstanding $10,000 warrants at 11:12 a.m. after falsely reporting an assault at the MI Care Center in the 7400 block of S.E. 24th Street. The alleged assault never took place. The suspect’s warrants were for criminal trespass and false reporting. He was transferred into Seattle Police Department custody.
Fender-benders: A pickup truck backed into a vehicle at a gas pump at Jacksons Shell Station in the 2900 block of 78th Avenue S.E. at 1:25 p.m. The truck backed into the front of the vehicle while the victim was pumping fuel into the car. A police officer observed video surveillance of the incident.
A witness observed a Honda Civic scrape the side of a BMW parked, unoccupied, at 3:15 p.m. in the Starbucks lot in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street while backing out of the adjacent parking stall. The witness provided the license plate number of the vehicle.
Burglary: A rock was used to shatter the rear glass door of a home in the 6600 block of 82nd Avenue S.E., in a neighborhood west of Pioneer Park, sometime between 1:30 and 1:50 p.m. An iPad and MacBook Pro laptop were stolen. The total loss and damage was $2,500.
DUI: A 44-year-old Mercer Island woman drove into the oncoming lane in the 2400 block of West Mercer Way at 5:09 p.m. Police stopped her vehicle and found that she was intoxicated. She was arrested and released later to a sober adult.