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SK man arrested after fight at ferry dock

A 40-year-old South Kitsap man was arrested for assault after allegedly punching a tourist in the eye and denting his car door after claiming the man nearly ran him off the road on his way to the Southworth Ferry Terminal, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department.

According to the report, the incident began around 1 p.m. when a 31-year-old New Hampshire man was driving eastbound on Sedgwick Drive toward the ferry dock and was hurrying to catch the next ferry, he told responding deputies.

When he reached Long Lake Road, a car pulled in front of him and began to drive very slowly, he said, so he attempted to pass the car, but the driver sped up each time he tried.

When he finally managed to pass the other car, the other driver sped up and began to tailgate him, he said.

The victim told the deputies that when he reached the ticket booth at the ferry terminal the other car followed him into the line, then the driver jumped out and began yelling at him, pushing him and throwing punches through the car window.

The victim said he then exited his car, but claimed he never threw a punch back, stating he was a boxer and a bouncer, and was worried he might get into trouble if he hit back.

He said the other driver swung at him about 40 times, bit his forearm, poked a finger in his right eye and shoved him into his rental car, denting the driver’s side door.

The deputies noted in their reports that the victim had several lumps and scratches on his face, a swollen right ear and swelling above his right eye, along with a puncture wound to his right forearm.

When the deputies questioned the passenger in the victim’s car, she verified his version of events. When they questioned the other driver, however, the SK man said he and his wife were driving on Sedgwick Road when the other car passed them and nearly ran them off the road.

He went on to say the first man was driving very erratically, so he followed him to the toll booth to confront him and tell him “he should learn to drive.”

At that point, the man told deputies, the first man swore at him, so he lost his temper and the fight began.

After speaking to the second man’s wife, who verified that the first car had almost ran them off the road, the deputies determined that the SK man was the primary aggressor, and arrested him.

He was booked into Kitsap County Jail for fourth-degree assault and malicious mischief.

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