Man dodges vehicle during assault; drunken driver ends up in pond

Assaults

Nothing happened: Three witnesses were tightlipped after a large fight was reported outside SuperAmerica April 21. When police arrived, those still on the scene all said, “Nothing happened” despite one of them having a bloody eye. The injured woman refused medical attention, and the three 20-somethings were uncooperative with police. Police dispatchers reported some suspected brawlers fled the scene in a green SUV.

Close call: A man reported he was assaulted after leaving a mediation meeting April 24 on the 7300 block of Hudson Boulevard. The victim said a 51-year-old man confronted him in the parking lot, pushed him in the chest, grabbed his cell phone out of his hand causing small cuts, and damaged the phone by throwing it on the ground. The victim said the man then stole the phone and sped away in his vehicle, nearly driving over him in the process. The victim said he was scared and wished to pursue criminal charges, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was set to pick up and hold the suspect.

Harassing communications

Wrong number?: On April 23, a teenage girl reported she’d received phone calls from a strange number, and that a man with an accent said he was going to kill her. The girl said she has gotten a lot of random wrong numbers lately. The girl planned to call her mother and contact the telephone company.

Thefts

Unlocked vehicle targeted: On April 22, a man reported someone entered his unlocked 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo parked in a driveway on the 2700 block of Hillvale Trail and stole a battery charger, two Maglite flashlights and other items from inside the vehicle. The total value of all the items stolen was $100. There are no suspects in the theft.

Back-to-back offenses: Similar reports of gas pump drive-offs occurred within two days of each other at two Holiday gas stations. The first report states an employee at the north Holiday gas station saw a man pumping gas into a dark green Pontiac with an orange driver’s side door April 20 and then realized it was the same individual and vehicle from other known incidents. The employee stopped the flow of gasoline at $8 and the suspect fled. The next day, an employee at the south Holiday gas station reported shutting off a pump after a man put $17 worth of gas into a black Pontiac Grand Am with an orange driver’s side door. The suspect again fled the scene.

Can’t hide: Police were called to Mills Fleet Farm April 20 after a man reportedly removed a 6-inch Klein electrician’s level, valued at $33, from its packaging and left the store without paying for it. An employee retrieved the stolen item but the suspect fled on foot into the nearby Twenty-Nine Pines mobile home park. Police later identified the suspect, who would not answer his cell phone, so he was mailed a citation for theft.

Broken commandment: A woman reported that on April 20 someone entered her unlocked vehicle parked outside House of Prayer Lutheran Church and stole a large black leather shoulder bag containing textbooks, a planner, files and a bright blue folder. There are no suspects in the theft.

Driving while intoxicated

Blocking traffic: Police observed a vehicle parked in the middle of the road with its doors open on the 900 block of Helena Avenue April 22. The driver had exited the vehicle, which was blocking both the north and southbound lanes. The driver seemed to have poor balance when getting back into the vehicle, and when police pulled the vehicle over the driver appeared impaired and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. A passenger in the vehicle was released, and the driver was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail where a breath test registered her blood-alcohol content at .15.

In hot water: On April 24, a passing motorist notified police that there was a vehicle in a pond near the intersection of 22nd Street and Stillwater Boulevard. Police spotted the vehicle in the pond, and realized the driver and a passenger were still inside it. The driver, who appeared to be under the influence, refused field sobriety tests and failed a preliminary breath test.
The driver was arrested and booked at the Washington County Jail for DWI and a breath test registered the driver’s blood-alcohol content at .19. The driver had a previous DWI citation in 2010.
The vehicle was towed out of the pond, and its license plates were destroyed.

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