Two hit-and-runs land a drunk driver in jail

Police reports published March 11, 2015 in the Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review

Oakdale police were dispatched to Titan’s Sports Saloon in response to a complaint of a physical altercation involving as many as 40 people in the bar’s parking lot at 1:45 a.m.  Feb. 8.  An officer reported that most of the crowd dispersed as squads arrived at the scene. Police officers saw someone repeatedly punching the passenger side window of a vehicle in the parking lot upon arrival. That person was restrained on the ground and issued a citation for disorderly conduct. A witness told police he saw another individual punch that person in the face. The swing earned the slugger a citation for 5th degree assault – another misdemeanor charge. Both individuals were later released at the scene after a “Use of Force Report” was completed.

Warrant service
An Oakdale police officer went to a residence on the 6400 block of Upper 54th Street North at 10 p.m., Feb. 9, to execute an arrest warrant. After knocking on the door to the home, the officer saw a woman peering through the front door window, and then abruptly leaving. He advised her that he had a warrant to take a man on the premises into custody. The officer soon found him hiding in a bedroom closet and refusing to come out. The officer drew his taser and told the man he was under arrest. He then holstered his taser, drew the man out of the closet and gave him a free ride to the Washington County Jail.

Oakdale police caught up with a drunk driver in the early morning hours of Feb. 12. The driver was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run with another vehicle on the 5000 block of Hadley Avenue. The driver of the vehicle that was struck told police a silver SUV rear-ended his vehicle while he was waiting to make a left hand turn onto Hadley Avenue. Police later located the driver and the SUV after it crashed into a garage on the 4800 block of Gershwin Avenue. The driver was booked at the Washington Count Jail for DWI, registering a BAC of .24 -- three times the legal limit allowed for operating a motor vehicle.

Identity theft
An officer responded to a call on Feb. 10 from a man on the 6400 block of Seventh Street North, who told police another person had fraudulently filed his tax forms in an attempt to collect his tax return. The man also told police he had received a pre-paid credit card in the mail that he did not apply for. According to the police summary, no monetary loss was reported at the time. The man filed a police report with the responding officer.

Thefts were reported:

Feb. 8 at Fleet Farm
Feb. 10 at Super America
Feb. 10 at Target
Feb. 12 at Harmon Auto Glass (old site at 325 Geneva Ave.)




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