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Sled one, cop car zero

Two North Kitsap residents were arrested Dec. 17 on charges of drug and alcohol possession after being stopped by police while towing a sledder with their car.

According to Kitsap County Sheriff's Office reports, a deputy stopped a white Chevy Blazer on Border Way in Kingston that was towing a 23-year-old man on a sled at about 10:45 p.m. in the Gamblewood neighborhood. After the deputy engaged his overhead lights the man jumped off the sled, sending it underneath the front of the deputy's car and lodging it in the engine compartment. The rope towing the sled snapped, and the truck stopped a short distance away, the report states.

The 27-year-old driver was driving without a license, but reported she was sober and chose to drive the other three passengers, who had been drinking alcohol at a party. The deputy noticed a strong aroma of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver admitted to the deputy that the passengers had been "smoking a bowl," the report states.

One of the passengers, a 32-year-old Poulsbo resident, identified himself as the holder of a glass pipe, which the deputy reported was filled with a "partially burned green leafy substance." The man was placed under arrest for being in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He also had a digital gram scale in his pocket, which he told the deputy he used only to be sure he wasn't being "ripped off" when buying weed. He admitted he had been smoking the drug and was transported to jail, where more marijuana was found hidden in his sock. He was booked with bail set at $2,000.

A 17-year-old female passenger was also arrested after consenting to a PBT test which showed a .058 blood alcohol level. She admitted to drinking two shots of vodka, and was transported to juvenile detention.

The report states the man on the sled later helped the deputy remove the sled from under his car. The deputy found no damage to his vehicle and no other evidence within the Blazer, so "the other two people involved were allowed to leave the scene in the Blazer with the understanding there would be no more sledding."

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