November 24, 2008 · Updated 4:35 PM
A 20-year-old Shoreline man was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 19, on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The arrest occurred on westbound Interstate 90, after the driver failed to stop for a traffic sign in the 7600 block of North Mercer Way. The man continued to drive his purple, 1996 Ford Probe onto the I-90 onramp after police signaled him to stop. A search of the vehicle resulted in finding assorted drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale and three glass snorting tubes. The driver also was wanted on a $3,000 arrest warrant out of the King County Sheriff's Office. He was processed by Mercer Island Police and booked into Renton City Jail.
A 20-year-old Mercer Island man driving too fast is believed to have caused a two-vehicle crash Oct. 17. The driver sustained head, neck and chest injuries in the crash, which occurred at about 11 a.m. in the 3000 block of West Mercer Way. The suspect was driving a 1979 Cadillac Fleetwood at a high rate of speed when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. His car crossed the center line and oncoming traffic before crashing into a parked vehicle on the shoulder of the road. The cadillac had extensive front and body damage and was towed from the scene. No one was inside the parked vehicle, a 1981 GMC truck, which was pushed 18 feet backwards from its original position. A follow up investigation is pending.
A resident of the 2900 block of 76th Avenue S.E. reported that someone broke out the rear window of a Dodge Dakota truck and stole various tools and equipment from the vehicle while it was parked in the upper parking area at Islandaire condominiums. The incident occurred sometime between Oct. 16 and 17. Missing was a yellow toolbox, several Dewalt brand power tools, a Packard Bell projector and a Veggimatic kitchen tool.
During the night of Oct. 16, someone broke into two Toyota vehicles parked in the 9500 block of S.E. 43rd Street. The dashboard and stereo housing of a Toyota Tacoma truck was destroyed when the unidentified suspect stole the vehicle's stereo system and the passenger side wing window was broken out on a Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle parked at the same residence. Fingerprints were collected from the vehicles.
Mail theft arrest
A 32-year-old Covington woman was arrested on suspicion of mail theft and forgery Oct. 17 after a Mercer Island resident called 911 about a suspicious van parked in front of her mailbox in the 4700 block of West Mercer Way. The van, a red 1992 Ford Aerostar, was stopped by police about a mile north of the mailbox. Dozens of pieces of mail, addressed to Mercer Islanders, as well as residents of Renton, Kent, Ravensdale and Seattle were found in the van. The driver also was in possession of bank checks (forged and originals), bank statements, identification, credit cards and photocopies of store cards, a license plate, a screwdriver and other tools, and a safe box.
Two children's bicycles were reported stolen at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 13, from the play area of South Mercer Park, in the 7800 block of S.E. 75th Place.
A resident of the 3500 block of West Mercer Way told police Oct. 12 he believes he is the victim of mail theft. The resident received no mail in his box that day, and thinks it may have been delivered and stolen.