Police report: Motorist oblivious to Ted Foss ‘Move Over’ law

Elk River Police cited a 31-year-old Elk River driver for no proof of insurance and given a verbal warning for failure to change lanes when passing an emergency vehicle a few minutes before 8 p.m. on Jan. 2 during a traffic stop along westbound Highway 10 near Morton Street.

The driver was polite, cooperative and honest — stating she was not aware of any “move over” law.

The Ted Foss “move over law” says if you are traveling on a roadway with two of more lanes, you must keep a lane away when passing a stopped ambulance, fire truck, or law enforcement vehicle.

If you are not able to safely move a lane away, reduce your speed.

If you fail to take these actions you could receive a citation.

Running a red while learning to drive
An Elk River  motorist learning to drive was pulled over after going through a red light on the afternoon of Jan. 2 at the intersection of Highway 10 and Jackson Avenue.

The 18-year-old was not cited for the semaphore violation, but was ticketed for not having an adult with him while driving with an instructional permit. A juvenile passenger in the vehicle drove the vehicle from the site of the stop.

Call leads to arrest for controlled substance
A report of a westbound vehicle driving erratically on Highway 10 resulted in a controlled substance arrest.

The motorist was stopped along Highway 10 near Morton Avenue.

The driver, a 20-year-old Elk River man, was arrested for gross misdemeanor no proof of insurance, driving after revocation and possession of a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and underage possession of alcohol.

The vehicle had reportedly crossed the fog and center line before being pulled over. The vehicle was towed to the ERPD.

Drunk drivers start new year with arrest
A drunk driver gave himself away to the Minnesota State Highway Patrol when he crashed into a guard rail at the interchange of Highway 10 and Highway 169 in Elk River. Elk River police stood by for traffic control as the 48-year-old Otsego man was taken into custody by the state patrol at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

A 32-year-old Big Lake woman also rang in the new year with a DWI shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 1. She was arrested in the 19000 block of Jackson Avenue.

Rear license plate reported stolen
A complainant in the 18000 block of Queen Street reported that someone between 1 a.m. and noon on New Year’s Eve stole the rear license plate off his wife’s 1999 Dodge Durango while it was parked in the driveway.

The complainant was advised to get new plates on Monday, Jan. 3 and to turn the remaining plate in to the police department.

Music and aroma of pot lead to citation
A report of loud music and the smell of marijuana in the 300 block of Baldwin Avenue resulted in the arrest of a 20-year-old woman for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Upon arrival, officers came across a glass marijuana pipe, which the renter of the apartment unit admitted to owning.

Police were told friends had been over within the last hour and were smoking marijuana.

Snowmobiles damage crops in Elk River
A complainant in the 12000 block of 221st Avenue reported snowmobilers were trespassing on his property.

No snowmobile description was available, but during the night and on weekends snowmobiles repeatedly drive on his alfalfa fields south of 221st Avenue towards Highway 169. The complainant requested extra patrols in the area.

Minor injuries in rollover accident

Elk River police responded to a one-vehicle rollover in the 22100 block of Highway 169 at about 8:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Upon police arrival, the driver, a 26-year-old Princeton woman was out of the vehicle and had a small cut on her right wrist. The driver explained she lost control of her vehicle on the icy roadway before sliding and rolling into the east northbound right-of-way. Elk River Ambulance responded, and cleared with a signature. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote up the accident.

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