SK resident held in hit-and-run incident
November 28, 2008 · Updated 12:05 PM
t Throw in seven DUI convictions and it adds up to $3.5 million bail.
A 44-year-old South Kitsap man remains in Kitsap County Jail under $3.5-million bail after being arrested for allegedly hitting another woman’s car with his truck’s door, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.
According to the report, the incident began around 3:20 p.m. Nov. 23 when the 47-year-old victim said she was pulling into a parking space in front of the Fred Meyer Department store on Sedgwick Road in South Kitsap.
As she drove into the space, the woman said a man in a white pickup truck opened his car door, hitting her front bumper and headlight cover.
When she asked him for his insurance information, she said the man was “rude” and walked into the store without giving it to her.
She then called 911 and a deputy responded to the store parking lot. Before the deputy arrived, the woman said the man returned to his car with bags of groceries, then left it again.
At around 5 p.m., the deputy saw an SUV drop off a man at the truck, who then got into the vehicle and began to drive away, at which point the deputy pulled the truck over.
The driver, which the deputy noted did not match the description the woman gave of the suspect, told the deputy that his fiancee had called him and asked him to come pick up the truck.
He said he did not know who it belonged to and that there had been a spare key inside.
A woman driving the SUV then pulled up to the deputy and the truck, stating that she was the driver’s fiancee. She said that the truck belonged to a man named “Tom,” whom she described as an unlicensed contractor who had been working on her house and had asked her to come get the truck.
She said she did not know his last name or how to get in touch with him.
The deputy said he was impounding the vehicle because it had been involved in an accident and he could not get in touch with the owner, which was listed as a construction company.
After the truck was impounded, the deputy identified the owner of the construction company as a South Kitsap resident.
The woman driving the SUV was identified as his ex-wife who lived across the street. The deputy then contacted all three at their homes on Green Shores Drive.
The woman continued to claim that she did not know who “Tom” was or who the truck belonged to. At this point, her 10-year-old son reportedly told the deputy that he had been with his father in the car when the incident in the parking lot occurred.
The woman then admitted that she had lied, but said she was trying to protect her children.
The deputy arrested both the ex-wife and her fiancee and booked them into Kitsap County Jail for obstruction and providing false statements to law enforcement.
She was held under $10,000 bail, he under $5,000.
Her ex-husband was booked for driving with a suspended license, not having a required ignition lock and for hit-and-run. He was initially booked under $15,000 bail.
However, after he appeared in court, the first driver’s bail was raised to $3.5 million. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said prosecutors informed him that the high amount was due to the suspect’s “seven prior DUI convictions.”
His next court date is in January.