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Partied out sailor jumps in wrong bed — of a senior citizen

Dalton Pierson, 24, left his buddy's apartment in the Vineyards complex shortly sometime around 6 a.m. Sunday and entered a neighboring abode where he stopped to pee in one bedroom before crawling into bed with 80-year-old Evelyn Whitey in another, according to reports from the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

Eventually deputies released Pierson with no charges saying that he should pay for the rug he urinated on. The sailor was too drunk to book without a medical clearance, they said.

"She said she was very scared," sheriff deputy Jennifer Rice said of Whitey.

Deputies responding to the 9-1-1 call made by Whitey's son, who found Pierson still passed out in the senior Whitey's bed. As they roused him, Pierson resisted slightly before being cuffed.

According to reports, as Pierson crawled into bed with Whitey, she screamed then asked him what he was doing. "Passing out," Pierson said.

He thought he was in his buddy's house, Rice said. Authorities described the apartments as "mirror images" of each other.

Sometime during the incident, fellow sailor Shaun Cagle noticed that Pierson was gone and his apartment's front door was open. Not finding him, Cagle said two other pals left to get more video game controllers, authorities said.

Deputies found a urine puddle in the room in which Whitey's son, John Jaeger, slept. Jaeger was staying with his mother while his sister, who usually lives with their mother was away. He told deputies that he wanted "some justice" for the morning's events.

Deputy Lee Watson told Jaeger that it was not apparent that Pierson had committed a crime. Jaeger's mother must be able to "articulate a reasonable expectation of fear."

"You can't just shoot someone for coming into your house without having some reason to believe they are going to harm you or your family," said Watson.

Whitey asked deputies to explain how they knew Pierson had no intention of doing her or her son harm. "[We] could have been killed," she said.

Watson told Whitey that Pierson was drunk and made a mistake on which apartment he was in.

"I agree they could have been killed, they left the door unlocked," Watson said. " [Pierson] didn't appear to want to hurt or kill them."

Whitey complained that Watson was condescending.

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