Police Report: DWI cases pile, suspected jewel thief, dumpster divers questioned

Elk River police arrested a 50-year-old man for DWI shortly after 5 a.m. on Oct. 5. They had received four separate complaint calls on the driver being all over the road and in one instance going into the ditch while traveling westbound on Highway 10.

While attempting to stop the vehicle near the 17800 block of Highway 10 in Elk River, the arresting officer observed the vehicle cross the center line and almost sideswiped a semi-tractor/trailer., according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz. The driver appeared to be failing to yield to the officer’s emergency lights and siren, and came to a stop with the assistance from the driver of the semi.

The driver did not comply with initial verbal commands via the PA, and a felony stop was conducted. The driver was eventually transported to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids by Elk River Ambulance for further observation, Kluntz said.

•A 24-year-old Elk River man was arrested for DWI after police received complaints about his driving behavior. He was stopped near the 600 block of Fourth Street in Elk River at about 10 p.m. on Oct. 8.

•A 68-year-old Maple Grove man was arrested Oct. 8 for DWI after police received complaints about his driving near County Road 33 and Highway 169 in Elk River.

•A 45-year-old Ramsey woman was arrested Oct. 7 for DWI after police received a report she had been at drinking at Timeout Sports Bar in Elk River and then left in a black truck.

•A 53-year-old Monticello man was arrested for DWI at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 7 after he brought attention to himself by squealing his tires in plain view of a police officer.

The officer was stopped at the traffic light at Proctor Avenue and Elk Lake Road in Elk River when he noted a vehicle squeal its tires as it entered Elk Lake Road traveling north. The officer followed and clocked the driver doing 77 mph in a 55 mph zone. The driver was stopped and subsequently failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI.

Damage to property cases may be linked

Elk River police are investigating two instances of damage to property in the 18000 block of Fresno Street that were reported Oct. 9.

In one case a homeowner heard a loud noise in his backyard. The person later found that a canning jar had been thrown through the rear window.

Around the same time another homeowner down the street reported that a person tried to throw a rock through the window, but the rock struck an outside shutter and damaged it.

Police checked the area and located a 20-year-old Elk River man, who appeared to have been drinking. The man was cited for underage consumption of alcohol. Police are still investigating the damage done to the homes.

Bow and arrows taken from vehicle

An 18-year-old Elk River man reported on Oct. 8 that his unlocked vehicle parked in the 11700 block of 191st 1/2 Avenue was entered. Stolen were a Fred Bear bow in a black hard case, four Matthews arrows and a Kenwood aftermarket CD player.

A woman who had a car parked in the same lot said she had multiple items taken from her vehicle, including bank statements and expired condoms.

Police investigate suspected jewel thief

A 49-year-old Elk River woman reported Oct. 6 that her home in the 21000 block of Highway 169 was broken into and the suspect(s) took jewelry and medications. A possible suspect has been identified and police are investigating.

Money wire proves to be fraudulent line

A 42-year-old Elk River woman in the 1100 block of Main Street reported a fraud Oct. 6 after she wired money to a person in Spain that she thought she was paying money to for a vehicle advertised on Craigslist. It was determined that the ad was a scam.

Dumpster divers questioned, warned

Two men from Princeton, both 25 years of age, were seen leaving an industrial park area with a load of scrap in the early morning hours of Oct. 5.

The men were identified in the 25000 block of Meadowvale Road. They said they were taking items from dumpsters.

The beds of the truck and trailer were fully loaded with scrap metal.

The men stated they only take scrap metal on these dumpster diving missions to make extra money and keep the items out of the landfill. They admitted to getting items from the business park on or near Industrial Circle, Elk River Muffler and Brake, Orono Commons area, and several other areas including Zimmerman.

The trailer was loaded with washing machines, a range cook top, and several file cabinets. Most of the items on the trailer were labeled as “junk” or “scrap.” The bed of the truck had several muffler/exhaust parts that were rusty and appeared to be scrap.

They did not appear to have any catalytic converters that were visible. Both parties were warned for trespassing and told to get written permission from business owners next time. No reports of any theft have been filed with police.

Police cite naked man for disorderly conduct

Elk River police responded to a report at about 8 p.m. Oct. 9 of a naked person standing outside his car at Walmart. When they arrived, the 54-year-old Monticello man had gotten into his car and tried to get dressed and remove a black wig he was wearing.

He complained to police while in his underwear that he was not feeling well, so they sent to the hospital. They also cited him for disorderly conduct.

No suspects in tire slashing incident

A 59-year-old Elk River man reported that someone slashed a tire on his vehicle between 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9 in the 200 block of Norfolk Avenue in Elk River. There are no suspects at this time.

Marijuana odor leads to arrest

A 22-year-old Elk River man was cited on the evening of Oct. 6 after a traffic stop for speeding in the 11200 block of Brook Road in Elk River. The driver was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after the officer smelled the odor of burned marijuana and a search turned up a pipe.