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Garage burglar sent to prison

A 19-year-old Oak Harbor man who got whacked on the head with a wine bottle while burglarizing a garage last fall was recently sent to prison, court documents show.

Dakota Simpson pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Feb. 16 to residential burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm and vehicle prowling in the second degree.

Judge Vickie Churchill sentenced him to two years and five months in prison.

Under a plea bargain, Simpson will serve the sentence concurrently, or at the same time, as the sentence in a separate bail jumping case, court documents indicate.

Early in the morning of Oct. 9, 2009, a resident of SW Judson Drive in Oak Harbor woke up when he heard the garage door open. As he walked into the garage, the boxer-clad resident was startled to see an intruder crouched in the corner of the garage. The man picked up an empty wine bottle that was on the ground and asked the intruder, later identified as Simpson, what he was doing.

According to a report by Detective Mike Bailey of the Oak Harbor Police, Simpson said he was in the wrong house. The resident told Simpson not to move and that he was calling 911. Simpson suddenly charged at the resident, who smacked him over the head with the bottle, shattering it.

The suspect ran down the street and got away. The police found that one of the resident’s cars had been entered and property was strewn around the inside. Investigators surmised that the burglar found a garage door opener in the car and used it to open the door.

In a later interview with police, Simpson explained that he was intoxicated when he saw a garage door opener inside the car. He said he opened the garage and went inside looking for alcohol when he was confronted, Bailey wrote.

Simpson made news in Coupeville in May of 2008 when he ran around the town in just underwear and socks. Simpson, who was 17 years old at the time, bolted from a courtroom in the middle of a hearing. He lost his detention shoes after running out the door and ditched the orange jail outfit in some bushes, leaving him with boxers, an undershirt and socks.

Deputies and county employees chased him around town and finally caught him near the Tyee trailer park.

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