Brothers battle, contraband in court, booze snooze on the road; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

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

May 15: About 80 gallons of gasoline disappeared from an outdoor storage tank in an apparent theft on the property of an Orcas Island home.

The thief or thieves, who cut through a lock on the storage tank to get at the fuel, reportedly left behind a plastic gas container and a section of green garden hose, presumably used to siphon the stolen gas, which, at 80 gallons, is valued at $344.

May 20: A late-night altercation between Lopez Island brothers prompted the arrest of the younger of the two on charges of misdemeanor assault and DUI.

The elder claims his 29-year-old sibling tore the turn signal off his car and then punched him in the face before driving away from his Mud Bay Road home at about 11 p.m. The younger brother was allegedly intoxicated when he drove back to the home a short time later, where an officer was at the scene taking a statement from the elder brother at the time.

May 21: Excessive speed in a school zone led to the arrest of a San Juan Island man for DUI in mid-afternoon.

The 55-year-old, who was pulled over in the 600 block of Park Street at about 3 p.m., near the high school football field, was reportedly traveling eight miles over the 20 mph speed limit that applies at that time of day.

May 22: A Lopez Island man was taken to the medical center for treatment but avoided criminal charges after he was found lying unconscious in the 300 block of Burt Road in mid-afternoon.

The 43-year-old reportedly passed out on the roadway while trying to change a tire; his blood-alcohol-level was nearly three times the legal limit about two hours after an officer arrived at the scene.

The man was not charged with an alcohol-related offense because he was neither driving nor behind the wheel when the officer arrived at about 2:30 p.m. His vehicle, partially blocking the road at the time, was towed away.

May 24: A plastic baggie containing methamphetamine was confiscated as potential evidence after it was discovered in a women's bathroom on the second floor of the county courthouse in mid-afternoon.

The baggie, which was found by a district court employee, reportedly has a smiley face and design of a yellow sun on it.

May 26: A Lynden woman was taken to the medical center in Friday Harbor for treatment of a head wound in the wake of a late-night dispute with her husband at the Port of Friday Harbor.

The 54-year-old reportedly hit her head after falling off a dock during a dispute which she described at the time, shortly before 2 a.m., as an altercation. Both the husband and wife were reportedly intoxicated when officers arrived at the scene.

— Scott Rasmussen


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