Court dates set for former Poulsbo officer’s wife, son

POULSBO — Court dates have been set for the wife and son of a longtime Poulsbo police officer.

Kristie D. Sabado is accused of driving under the influence; her arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m. in Kitsap County District Court, according to the court and prosecutor’s offices.

Her son, Favian Sabado, is accused of trafficking in stolen property; his trial begins Oct. 14, 9 a.m. in Kitsap County Superior Court.

Ricki Sabado retired from the Poulsbo Police Department June 26 after being informed by the police chief about an internal investigation into whether he knew anything about his wife and son’s alleged behavior before their separate arrests. Police Chief Alan Townsend said that, while the investigation wasn’t finished, he was certain “it would have resulted in some disciplinary action.”

“This really was his decision but I did spell out how the process would run its course,” Townsend said at the time. “I think he felt that it was better to spend his time and energy on his family needs and not on this matter here. I think that was a good decision.”

Mrs. Sabado was arrested May 17 by Washington State Patrol after her Ford Explorer flipped and crashed near her home on Fjord Drive near Sommerseth Street.

Witnesses said Mrs. Sabado was driving south on Fjord Drive when her car went off the roadway, narrowly missed a parked car, struck a whiskey-barrel planter, sideswiped a telephone pole and then flipped onto its top and skidded across the roadway. Mrs. Sabado was alone in the vehicle when the crash occurred, according to law enforcement reports.

Mrs. Sabado failed a field sobriety test. “Her actions were slow and lethargic,” a police sergeant reported at the time. “Her speech was slow as well. I also noticed her pupils were extremely small.” Because there was no odor of alcohol, Washington State Patrol was called in to determine if she was impaired.

Blood tests showed she had two types of prescription medications in her system, according to Washington State Patrol toxicology report.

She told officers she had  prescriptions for those medications, according to the incident report.

The younger Sabado was arrested May 14 after a Poulsbo police officer investigating a vehicle prowl and theft of tools found Sabado’s name on a receipt at Junction Variety Mall, showing he sold to the store a chainsaw that had been reported stolen.

The officer contacted Sabado, who said he went to the store with a friend and sold the chainsaw for him but didn’t know it was stolen, according to the report.


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