Community Police & Fire

Gig Harbor Police Blotter | Man injured when van hits retaining wall

Posted on May 17th, 2024 By:

A 41-year-old Gig Harbor man, whose identification showed him to be originally from Ireland, ended up in the hospital early on May 12 after his white van ran into a retaining wall on Point Fosdick Drive.

Officers found the man inside the van at about 1 a.m. that day. He had sustained a head wound in the collision. Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One later took him to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma for treatment.

The man told officers his friend was in the car, and they found evidence that someone else was inside when the collision happened. But they never located that person.

Officers suspected the 41-year-old of driving under the influence. They did not apply for a blood draw or book him into jail, however, because doing so would have taken one of the two Gig Harbor officers on duty at the time off the streets for several hours.

Car swerved to hit skateboarder

A 15-year-old Gig Harbor boy told police that a black Mercedes SUV hit him while he was skateboarding at the corner of Hunt Street and Skansie Avenue at about 7:20 a.m. May 4.

The boy told officers he believed the Mercedes driver did it on purpose. The driver swerved across two lanes of traffic to hit the boy.

The 15-year-old continued skating to school after being hit by the car. The school nurse told him to go to the emergency room, and the boy’s family called 911 later. He suffered road rash and a possible concussion.

Officers were unable to locate the vehicle. Gig Harbor Police posted on Facebook about the incident, but that turned up no leads.

Wheelchair ramming

A 77 year old Gig Harbor woman rammed another woman with her wheelchair at around 5 p.m. April 30 at a care facility on 45th Street.

Police responded to a report of a “disturbance” at the facility. They learned that two women, both wheelchair users, became embroiled in a dispute while waiting to receive cookies from staff at the facility.

After some name-calling, the 77-year-old rammed the other woman, a 45-year-old from Port Orchard, with her wheelchair. She admitted as much to officers, saying she was “upset about the cookie situation. She also added that she had experienced difficulties procuring cold cream of wheat from staff.

Officers forwarded a report on the incident to city prosecutors.