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A 19-year-old Mercer Island man was charged with first-degree negligence after he drove his 2004 Mini Cooper over an embankment and into a tree in the 4100 block of West Mercer Way. The accident occurred at about 2:05 a.m. July 19. The man, whom police found at his residence after he left the crash scene, suffered a lacerated arm and hand. He admitted to police he had been drinking prior to the incident, and was in the process of text messaging on his cellular phone when he lost control of the vehicle. The car was southbound on West Mercer Way when it left the road, went about 50 feet over the embankment and rolled over, collapsing the car's sunroof, then came to rest against a tree.
Sometime between July 15 and July 18, someone destroyed a drinking fountain at the Lid Park, in the 7000 block of S.E. 22nd Street. The fountain was in the northwest section of the park, near the tennis courts. Damage is estimated at $200.
Injury bike accidents
A 53-year-old Bellevue man was transported to Group Health East Hospital at about 6:50 a.m., July 18, after his bicycle tire hit a bump in the asphalt on the bike and pedestrian path in the 9500 block of S.E. 35th Street. The man was wearing a bicycle helmet, but had injuries to his head, left shoulder and hip.
A 36-year-old Snoqualmie man received shoulder and rib injuries at about when he crashed his bicycle on the pavement in the 2000 block of 84th Avenue S.E. When the accident occurred, at about 5:40 p.m., July 18, the cyclist had been traveling northbound in the Luther Burbank Park driveway.
A 53-year-old Tacoma man crashed his bicycle into a post in the sidewalk area of the 2200 block of West Mercer Way at about 4:40 p.m. July 16. The 8-foot-by-8-foot obstruction was in the center of the sidewalk. The man received injuries to his left elbow, shoulder and head. He was examined by Mercer Island Fire aid crews and transported by ambulance to Swedish Hospital.
Bicycle crashes into car
A bicyclist received minor abrasions after he collided with a 2002 Lexus RX300 at about 6:30 p.m. July 16. The car's driver, a 34-year-old Kirkland man, was cited for turning with using his signal from North Mercer Way onto Roanoke Way S.E., where the crash occurred. The bicyclist, a 35-year-old Newcastle man, had attempted to pass the car, on the left, when the car turned and the bicycle hit the car. There was damage to the driver's side door.
A purple 1996 Saturn SC2 was reported stolen at 10 a.m., July 16, from the parking lot on the east side of the Mercer Island Condos, in the 2500 block of 81st Avenue S.E. The car is valued at about $3,000.
Teens damage playfield
At about 10:30 p.m., July 16, two 16-year-old, female, Mercer Island High School students drove a 2000 Jeep Cherokee sport utility vehicle around on the baseball field at the South Mercer Playfield, in the 8200 block of S.E. 78th Street. After they were apprehended, the girls told police it was a ``stupid teenage thing'' and they ``wanted to know what it felt like'' to drive in that way. The vehicle left ruts in the grass and an estimated $500 damage. Witnesses gave police a description of the vehicle, which police found parked in the lot at Lakeridge Elementary School. The parents of the youths were notified and the girls confessed to their role in the damage. The driver was charged with reckless driving and second-degree malicious mischief. The passenger was charged with aiding and abetting reckless driving and second-degree malicious mischief.
Police arrested two Puyallup men at about 3 p.m., July 15, after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a warrant for the driver and the passenger in possession of marijuana and a drug smoking pipe. The incident occurred in the 2600 block of 78th Avenue S.E. The driver, a 31-year-old, was driving a 1988 Pontiac and failed to stop prior to the stop line and crosswalk at a four-way-stop. When they checked his information, police found that his license suspended. He was transported to Renton jail. The passenger, 27-year-old, was cited and released.