Police report: DWI suspect foiled by ink splatter, tailgate taken

by Jim Boyle


Officers responded to a crash on the bridge over the Mississippi River and eventually arrested a 22-year-old Buffalo man for DWI.

Upon arrival after the call came in at 1:22 a.m. on Sept. 23, there were two individuals standing outside a vehicle denying they had been driving, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

Eventually a passenger stated who was driving. This suspected party, however, claimed that it was a sober friend who crashed the vehicle and then fled on foot. He told police he had been sleeping in the back of the vehicle.

Unfortunately for the suspect, he had ink that had spilled on one of his pant legs that matched ink that was on the driver’s seat. Police arrested him for DWI. 

Tailgate taken from car in Cornerstone lot

Cornerstone Auto Resource, 17000 block of Highway 10, reported Sept. 24 that a tailgate was stolen off a truck that was parked at the business.

Thief who made off with cartload sought

An employee of Walmart reported on Sept. 25 that a male suspect had pushed a cart of unpaid merchandise from the store. The suspect was last seen running southbound in the parking lot. 

Officers located the cart with the merchandise still in it back behind a dumpster along the 17800 block of Industrial Circle. The items were returned to the store. Police are trying to identify the suspect, Kluntz said.

‘Works’ bombs found again at residence

A 30-year-old man reported on Sept. 25 finding two one-liter exploded “works” bombs in his front yard in the 10000 block of 176th Lane. The man said he heard a noise at about 1 a.m. and did not locate the items until that morning. The reporting party stated he had a similar incident occur about two weeks ago.

Police investigating assault with bat

A 20-year-old Zimmerman man reported that he was at a party in Elk River on Sept. 24 when he was allegedly assaulted by numerous male suspects. 

The victim said that some of the suspects used baseball bats and boards to strike him. It appeared that the victim suffered a broken jaw during the assault as well as a cut and bump on the back of his head. He was transported to Mercy Hospital.

The suspects reportedly left the residence along Naples Street in several unknown vehicles.

Speed tips off police to intoxicated driver

A 25-year-old Elk River man was arrested for fourth degree DWI after being stopped for a stop sign and speed violation near the intersection of 193rd and Auburn Street on Sept. 24.

Complaint leads to Highway 10 DWI arrest 

A 33-year-old Big Lake man was arrested for DWI after police received a traffic complaint of an erratic driver travelling westbound on Highway 10 from Jarvis Street on the evening of Sept. 23. An officer located the motorist, who was alleged to have been crossing center and fog lines, near Great River Energy. 

Laptop taken during Elks homecoming win

An 18-year-old Elk River woman, who parked her vehicle in the Central Lutheran Church parking lot during the Sept. 23 Elk River High School football game, found her vehicle had been vandalized upon her return. In addition to finding the front passenger window broken out, she also realized her purse and laptop computer were stolen.

Graffiti found on  sidewalk on Sept. 23

An anonymous complainant on Sept. 23 said that there was graffiti on the sidewalk in the 11300 block of 192nd Avenue. Officers found three painted items; one was a white swastika and the other two were undistinguishable. 

Guardian Angels   resident stolen from

A 45-year-old woman from Waconia reported that her father, a resident of Guardian Angels, had been the victim of a theft sometime before the call time of 8:46 a.m. Sept 23. As many as 43 DVDs were allegedly taken from his room. The DVDs were noticeably missing after the room had been painted.

Speeding, littering led to two citations

An Elk River officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on Sept. 22 in the 900 block of Highway 10. He also saw a person throw a lighted cigarette out the window. The driver was cited for speeding and the passenger was cited for littering.

Car with child in it hit by BB gun-type pellet

A 22-year-old Kimball woman reported at about 3 p.m. Sept. 22 that after turning from School Street onto Proctor Avenue to go southbound she heard something hit her vehicle. After checking, it appeared that it was hit with a BB. Officers are following up with possible suspect information.

At the time of the incident the woman had an adult passenger and a small child in a rear seat. There were no injuries.

Ramsey man reports theft from garage 

A 51-year-old Ramsey man reported that an Elk River man stole some tools from him while he was working in a garage located in the 300 block of Third Street. The call time was 5:32 p.m. Sept. 21.