Booze heist, water bazookas seized, two apprehended in junk yard raid; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

San Juan County Sheriff's Department reported responding to these calls:

July 20: Falling debris from an unsecured load prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island man for a series of driving offenses. The 29-year-old, pulled over on Boyce Road at about 9 a.m., was taken into custody for driving without a license and identification, and without a court-ordered interlock device. He was pulled over for allowing large chunks of roofing material to spill onto the roadway from the trailer that he was pulling at the time.

July 25: A San Juan Island man claims someone removed two oil filters off a heavy piece of construction machinery, which caused its engine seized up, in an apparent act of vandalism. The engine is expected to cost $9,000 to repair.

July 29: A San Juan Island man claims someone broke into his cabin and made off with 24 bottles of booze and a couple bottles of red wine. The value of the missing stockpile of liquor, stored 59-year-old's Wai Mala Lane cabin, is valued at nearly $900.

A San Juan Island woman was arrested for driving with a suspended license after being pulled over near the intersection of Spring and West streets -- in error -- for driving without a seatbelt. The 54-year-old reportedly failed to pay a $12 ticket and was unaware that her license had been suspended.

July 31: A high-speed collision on Bailer Hill Road prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI in mid-afternoon. The 53-year-old reportedly didn't see and failed to stop for another driver traveling through the intersection at False Bay Road, and clipped the backside of that car at a high-rate of speed. Both drivers escaped the crash without serious injury.

A familiar face and a pair of warrants prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man who spent the last year with a relative in California. The 24-year-old, arrested twice in 2011 for DUI and a no-show in court on either charge a year ago, was taken into custody one week after his island return.

Aug. 1: A 16-year-old San Juan Island boy was ticketed for driving too fast for conditions after driving head-on into a tree near the intersection of Cessna Avenue and Tarted Road. The boy claims that he lost control of his pickup while swerving to avoid a deer.

A car stereo, a flashlight, hand tools and a couple of Rice Crispy Treats are among the missing items from a San Juan Island woman's car following an apparent late-night break-in on Warbass Way. Someone reportedly ransacked the sedan's interior and carried off $1,800 of equipment, tools and personal belongings.

A call from a San Juan Island homeowner about suspicious behavior of two men and a woman, all in their mid-twenties, led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Friday Harbor man for DUI. Tracked down by the license number of his pickup, the man was taken into custody in the parking area of Jackson's Beach at about 6 p.m. He also faces burglary charges involving an earlier break-in and theft at Bailer Hill Road home.

Aug. 4: A yard tractor vanished from an Orcas Island barn in an apparent case of theft. The 42-inch tractor, valued at $900, was one of two tractors stored in the barn, which reportedly was unlocked at the time the tractor theft, in the 100 block of Sea Acres Road.

Aug. 5: A late-night traffic stop prompted the arrest of a San Juan Island for DUI. The 44-year-old, who was pulled over near the intersection of Roche Harbor Road and Three Meadows Lane for a traffic violation -- unidentified in the incident report, was taken into custody shortly before 1 a.m.

Two San Juan Island men had three water blasters confiscated after using one to douse a man strolling along the end of his Pear Point Road driveway, unsuspectingly. Caught by surprise, the man, recuperating from a recent knee surgery, reportedly aggravated the wounded knee when he was  struck by a blast of water and, rather than pressing charges, thought a lecture was in order. The two men, targeting unwary strangers as they drove around in a pickup in mid-afternoon, reportedly believed that the man appeared in need of being cooled down and questioned whether spraying someone with water was a punishable activity.

Allegations of assault led to the arrest of a San Juan Island man who reportedly set fire to a household item on the porch of his Tucker Avenue apartment when an officer arrived to question him about an earlier altercation at the home. Accused of attacking his mother, the 25-year-old reportedly lunged at the officer as he attempted to put out the fire. He faces charges of assault, reckless burning, resisting arrest, vandalism and interfering with a report of domestic violence.

-- Use of a cell-phone while driving prompted the arrest of a man from Kent following an early evening traffic stop in Friday Harbor. The 25-year-old, who was pulled over near the intersection of Guard Street and Tucker Avenue at about 7:30 p.m., was issued a criminal citation for driving with a suspended license.

Aug. 6: Two men caught rummaging through the inventory of a San Juan Island commercial recycling center in the predawn hours face charges of theft and criminal trespass. The men, a Bellingham 37-year-old and a Friday Harbor 30-year-old, were taken into custody at the center in the 6000 block of Roche Harbor Road shortly before 3 a.m.

Aug. 7: An early morning snooze along the side of the road prompted the arrest of an Orcas Island man for DUI. The 46-year-old, who was taken into custody in the 400 block of Mount Constitution Road at about 8 a.m., was reportedly asleep behind the wheel of his Buick Regal, with the engine running, when a park ranger happened by.

— Scott Rasmussen



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