Elk River police arrest two in DWIs; investigate local scam
An officer travelling along Highway 10 spotted a vehicle on Jan. 12 with expired tabs and followed the truck into Charlie Brown’s gas station.
The 47-year-old driver pulled up in front of one of the wash bays and got out of the truck. When he did the officer recognized him from previous contact and believed his driver’s license was cancelled.
The officer approached the driver, who said he was aware of expired tabs.
The officer noticed the driver had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol. The driver admitted to drinking, and the officer began administering field sobriety tests.
The driver was taken into custody and transported to Sherburne County Jail and was charged with third degree DWI and driving after cancelation inimical to public safety.
Broken tail light leads to DWI arrest
An Elk River officer working a C.R.A.S.H. detail at about 11 p.m. on Jan. 15 spotted a blue Ford Windstar van with a burned-out tail lamp and snow-covered license plate in the westbound lane of Highway 10 near County Road 81.
The driver made a right turn and the officer initiated a traffic stop for the equipment violations. The adult female driver said she had been at Tootsie’s bar and had three beers.
She failed field sobriety tests and was booked and released at Sherburne County Jail for fourth degree DWI, obstructed license plate and a tail light violation.
Business doesn’t bite on attempt to scam
Collyard Chiropractic, 510 Freeport Ave., reported a possible scam on Jan.
12 involving a male who called to order $4,600 in essential oils.
The man said he was from Trinidad and wanted the oils sent to Trinidad through a designated shipping company that would cost $2,700.
The business suspected the scam and declined the order after finding out the freight company did not exist.
Woman sees thief leave her vehicle
A 36-year-old Big Lake woman reported the theft of a laptop computer, which was taken from her unlocked car about 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 in the Walmart parking lot.
The woman saw a suspect exiting her vehicle and take off in a silver Chevy Monte Carlo.
The laptop, a black Quadquore 17 processor, was valued at $1,000.
There was another theft-from-vehicle report taken at Walmart earlier that day. In this case, a purse was taken sometime before noon on Jan. 18. The complainant did not know if she had locked the vehicle or not.
Girl, 15, struck while crossing School St.
A 15-year-old girl was struck by a vehicle as she was crossing School Street in front of Elk River High School at about 2:28 p.m. on Jan. 14.
The vehicle was driven by an 18-year-old Elk River girl who had turned to go eastbound on School Street from the high school parking lot.
The pedestrian was approximately 60 feet east of the designated crosswalk when she was struck. She was knocked up and over the hood of the car, landing on the sidewalk and striking her head, elbow and leg. The Elk River ambulance was called to the scene. The pedestrian’s parent also came to the scene. The parent refused transport by ambulance and stated the juvenile would be taken to a clinic.
The accident remains under investigation for possible charges.
Women roll vehicles in two separate incidences
Kelly Crest, a 29-year-old Brooklyn Center woman, was traveling northbound on Highway 169 near County Road 33 at about 11 a.m. on Jan. 15 when the driver of another vehicle in front of her “hit” the brakes.
She told police that when she applied her brakes she slid and ended up hitting the west ditch in the 20500 block of the highway, causing her vehicle to roll on its hood.
Crest was able to get out through the driver’s side window. She stated that she was not injured and that she just had a headache.
Elk River Ambulance responded and transported her to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
•Sarah Henderson, a 23-year-old St. Francis woman, was also transported to Mercy Hospital after a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 169 in between County Road 33 and the Elk River Landfill. This accident happened shortly before 2 p.m. on Jan. 15.