Don't drink and drive, or throw your drink in driver's face
By KAITLIN STROHSCHEIN
Port Orchard Independent Reporter
August 9, 2011 · Updated 8:51 AM
Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old Port Orchard man on three counts of reckless endangerment after he allegedly threw an alcoholic beverage in his girlfriend’s face while she was driving.
The man got upset at his girlfriend during a conversation about how they are parenting their 6-year-old son and the woman’s 9-year-old daughter.
According to a deputy's report, the man threw his mixed drink all over her face as she drove a silver BMW east on State Route 166 from Highway 16 near Gorst.
It stung and hurt her eyes, but she maintained control of the car by blinking quickly and wiping her face with her hand, as she drove to the shoulder of the road.
She saw a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy and accelerated to about 40 miles per hour, trying to get his attention.
Her boyfriend “reached over to the gear shift lever and slammed the car into park,” according to the report.
She accelerated again and eventually caught the deputy’s attention by flicking the high-beam lights on and off.
The report said she seemed “visibly upset, with her voice cracking” when the deputy pulled over the vehicle, and had a significant amount of liquid running down her face.
The driver’s door window also was covered with droplets of liquid.
The man said that he’d just spilled his drink, but the deputy noted that seemed unlikely, because of the significant amount of alcohol spilled all over the woman's door.
The suspect was booked into jail and his bail was initially set at $150,000.