Food fight leads to DUI
By GREG SKINNER
Bremerton Patriot Editor
December 6, 2011 · 5:34 PM
When Kitsap County Sheriff's Office deputies pulled over an East Bremerton man Monday afternoon they found him drunk, irate, bleeding from the head and surrounded by frozen food.
The man, who later failed several field sobriety test, was arrested after he told deputies that he'd been beaten in the head "five or six times" with a frying pan by his girlfriend after she became enraged because he had food stamps enough to get "something good to bring home."
Authorities said the man claimed to have just returned home from drinking vodka at a bar when the alleged fight broke out that eventually led to his driving. Following several failures of physical tests, the man refused to take a portable breathalyzer, they said.
Deputies said that the man's girlfriend, the alleged frying pan attacker, claimed that the couple had been drinking "a lot" at home when her boyfriend became angry and began throwing food around the house.
He wanted to eat something that they did not have, deputies said.
The girlfriend told investigators that "nothing physical had taken place" and that only food was thrown during the argument. The girlfriend escaped the melee to a nearby fire station where she called police. She said her boyfriend "fell on the stairs" while throwing frozen food into the yard outside the house, deputies wrote in a report.
Deputies said it took several stitches at the hospital to close the verbally abusive and non cooperative boyfriend's wound.
Investigators later found meat in the bushes, food on the kitchen floor and two empty vodka bottles on the counter. Deputies said that the girlfriend admitted to only one half gallon bottle had been drank that day. The other was from the day before, Deputies later wrote.
As the man was arrested, deputies claim he said he was too drunk to understand his rights before booking him into the jail on charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was held on $15,000 bail.
Authorities said no charges were filed against the girlfriend.
Contact Bremerton Patriot Editor Greg Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-360-308-9161 (ext 5050).