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Originally published January 30, 2012 at 8:41 PM | Page modified January 30, 2012 at 8:44 PM

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Drunken sailor opens wrong door

A drunken sailor who walked into the wrong apartment in Bremerton, urinated on the floor and then climbed into bed with an 80-year-old woman was "totally humiliated" by his actions but is unlikely to face criminal charges.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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An intoxicated sailor who walked into the wrong apartment in Bremerton, urinated on the floor and then climbed into bed with an 80-year-old woman probably won't face criminal charges, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

The 21-year-old, identified as Dalton C. Pierson, was drinking and playing video games at a friend's apartment in 7600 block of Vineyards Lane Northeast early Sunday when he left and mistakenly walked into a neighbor's home, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called by the resident's son, John Jaeger, 56, who said Monday that he awoke to see a stranger urinating "all over the floor." As Jaeger got up to investigate, he heard his mother cry out, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Evelyn Whitney said she had been fast asleep when the stranger climbed into bed with her.

She screamed and asked him what he was doing, according to the sheriff's report. Pierson answered, "passing out."

Pierson was asleep when deputies arrived, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies woke the man, who was then "muscled" into handcuffs, according to the sheriff's report.

Deputies said in the incident report that the "visibly intoxicated" Pierson didn't realize he was in the wrong apartment.

Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said the sailor was released to his friends.

Pierson is stationed at Naval Base Kitsap — Bangor.

The incident report has been forwarded to the Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office, but Wilson said it's unlikely Pierson would face criminal charges.

The apartment that Pierson had been visiting and Whitney's apartment look alike and Whitney's door was unlocked, he said. The young man's actions were "drunken stupidity," but they don't appear to meet the elements of a crime, Wilson said.

Whitney and Jaeger said they were terrified during the encounter and angry afterward.

"You don't know what you're dealing with and all these stories run through your head," Jaeger said.

But both felt a little better by Monday.

Pierson apologized and promised to pay the cleaning bill when he returned to the apartment with his supervising officer, they said.

Jaeger said he was pleased to see that "the kid was totally humiliated, as he should be," and to learn that the Navy intended to discipline him.

Whitney, meanwhile, said she was very impressed because Pierson's supervising officer "made him sit down and listen while I scolded him," she said. "After that, I felt much better."

Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or cclarridge@seattletimes.com.

Seattle Times news researcher David Turim contributed.

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