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Mercer Island Police Report | May 6

Reckless driving

A 20-year-old Federal Way man was injured when his car crashed into a ravine in the 6500 block of East Mercer Way on the evening of April 24. The victim suffered pain in his side, likely from possible broken ribs. According to the police report, the victim had been racing after his friend, who was ahead of him, driving northbound on East Mercer Way. The victim was driving at 45 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone, took a sharp turn around a corner and lost control of the vehicle, which veered off the road and into a ravine. The victim’s friend, noticing that he was no longer following him, drove back to find the victim injured and calling for help. The young man called 911. When an officer arrived, both drivers first told a hit-and-run story in which a truck had struck the car, causing it to veer into the ravine, and then had driven away. Since the two stories did not match, the officer asked them what really happened, and the young men admitted that they had been driving recklessly.

Fraud

An Island man was defrauded $9,275 in a Craigslist scam sometime between Dec. 9, 2008 and Jan. 26, 2009. According to the incident report, which was filed on April 23, the victim had responded to a vacation rental home add on Craigslist. The rental was for 10 nights in Kailua, Hawaii. A suspect for the online scam has been contacted and is in custody in Carmel, Calif., for fraud.

A woman reported that an unauthorized person used her credit card to make four purchases totaling $1,075 on March 19. All four purchases were made from the same business. The woman said that she had not used her card for two years and had kept it safe at home. When she received her bill, she called the credit card company and reported fraud. The card has since been canceled.

Arrests

A 20-year-old Island resident was arrested for driving under the influence in the 4200 block of Island Crest Way on April 27. According to the report, the young man was stopped for multiple infractions. He failed a standard field sobriety test, gave a blood alcohol reading of .092/.087 and was arrested.

A car chase took place on eastbound I-90 on April 24 after a Mercer Island police officer attempted to pull a Federal Way man over for a traffic violation. According to the police report, instead of pulling over, the man attempted to elude the officer, driving recklessly on I-90 and forcing the officer to discontinue the pursuit. A short time later, the driver struck another vehicle on I-405 and continued into the city of Renton. The driver and another male passenger abandoned the car and attempted to report it stolen. Both men were soon after located and identified. The driver was arrested for driving without a valid license and possession of marijuana.

Mercer Island police arrested a transient in the 9400 block of S.E. 36th Street on April 21. According to the incident report, the man was stopped for speeding and could not produce a valid driver’s license or identification. The subject gave police a false name and was arrested. During processing at the Mercer Island Police Department, the man gave his correct name and admitted that he had a warrant out for his arrest. He was booked into the Issaquah jail for nonviolent obstruction of an officer.

A Bellevue man was arrested in the 8000 block of S.E. 28th Street on April 27 for driving under the influence. According to the incident report, the man was pulled over for a dead tail light. The officer detected an odor of intoxicants. The driver admitted that he had been drinking beer. He agreed to a standard field sobriety test, which he failed. The driver gave two breathalyzer samples, both of which were .114. The man was arrested and released to his father.

Theft

A man living in the 3600 block of 90th Avenue S.E. reported that somebody stole his briefcase from his driveway on April 21. The briefcase contained a laptop, two checkbooks and a Visa card.

Found property

An employee at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church reported that a Trek mountain bike was found leaning against the side of the church building on March 30. A helmet was also with the bike. The church is holding the bike until its owner claims it.

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