POLICE LOG Crash, boom, run

A 36-year-old man attempted to elude Washington State Patrol troopers early Feb. 18 in Bremerton.

A trooper was on patrol shortly after midnight when he saw a white van weave across the centerline numerous times. As the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, the van suddenly turned into the Aero Mobile Home Park just north of the airport on State Route 3 in Bremerton. The van failed to negotiate a turn, drove over grass and briefly went airborne. When the van went back onto the road, it struck a car parked in front of a residence, pushing the car into the front porch area.

The suspect driver, Antonio Ventura Zepeta, exited the van and a foot chase ensued. He was taken to the ground by the trooper and placed into custody.

Zepeta was booked into Kitsap County Jail for felony eluding, DUI and hit-and-run. He appeared in court yesterday.

Not nice bus


A Kitsap Transit bus driver called police at 2:45 p.m. Jan. 30 regarding a verbal dispute with an uncooperative passenger.

The driver said the 50-year-old Bremerton man had been swearing at other passengers and refused to get off the bus after he told him to do so at NW Riddell Road and Tracyton Beach Road NW in East Bremerton. The driver added that the man called him racist.

The bus driver said the same man was involved in a similar incident the week before.

A sheriff’s deputy arrived and spoke with the man, bus driver and a witness.

The man told the deputy he was a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran and had two college degrees.

The man first denied using any profane language, but later said he didn’t remember if he used foul language. He said he’d been riding the bus “every day for 365 days a year for seven years and this is the third time” he’d been involved in an incident with this particular bus driver.

A witness said the man did use foul language and refused to get off the bus when asked.

The deputy told the man to get his backpack off the bus and find another means of transportation. As the man disembarked the bus with his backpack, he called the bus driver an offensive name.

No arrest was made and a report was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office for review/filing of charges.

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