Police Report: truck loses trailer, suspects backs into squad car

Truck driver loses trailer while driving
A semi trailer accident was reported after 4 a.m. April 20 on Highway 10 between 167th and 171st avenues in Elk River. The 53-foot trailer, carrying 45,000 pounds of Walgreens merchandise, detached from its cab and slid into an outside ditch. The driver estimated his speed at the time at 50–55 mph. Traffic was blocked in one lane temporarily. Investigators said the incident was caused by a fifth wheel pin hitch not being properly attached.

Suspect backs into police squad car
A 20-year-old Zimmerman man was cited for driving after suspension before backing his vehicle into a police squad April 21 near Evans Street and 193rd Avenue in Elk River. A responding officer directed the suspect to back his car into a private parking lot, then witnessed the suspect aim his rear bumper into contact with the squad’s front bumper. Neither car sustained any apparent damage.

Head-on collision
An 18-year-old Elk River man caused minor injuries to himself and another motorist after the suspect had been “racing” his vehicle in rainy weather, trying to pass multiple cars before losing control around 1 p.m. April 21. The suspect’s spree ended with a head-on collision near 181st Avenue and Johnson Street in Elk River. He was cited for speeding and careless driving, police said.

Customer claims she was ripped off at pump
A fuel customer at the Holiday station on Freeport Street in Elk River claimed to be the victim of fraud carried out by another motorist at the pumps the afternoon of April 20. The customer noticed an extra charge in her credit activity, and learned an unknown person at Holiday had convinced a clerk that the customer had agreed to cover both bills. Police are investigating.

Missing credit card used in another state
A 25-year-old Elk River woman reported a theft from her mailbox on 191st Avenue April 21. She said she was expecting two credit cards in the past month, and received a phone alert from one of the companies that a card had been used at a Walmart and Wendy’s in a state other than Minnesota. The company was prompted to contact the victim after a third suspicious purchase was attempted.

Laptop swiped from Elk River Walmart
An overnight theft was reported April 22 at Walmart. A store representative said surveillance video recorded an unidentified white male taking a laptop computer and cosmetic products from displays, then leaving the store without paying for them. Further video showed the male leaving the parking lot in a small red passenger vehicle. The store official suspected the theft after noticing a laptop was missing.

Lane change and speed leads to arrest
An Elk River officer working DWI detail in the early hours of April 21 cited a 30-year-old Big Lake woman on the 16400 block of County Road 14, Big Lake Township, around 2 a.m. The officer was positioned on an exit ramp at Highway 10 and County 15 when an off-duty state trooper approached and reported seeing the suspect’s vehicle randomly shift between lanes and moving as fast as 100 mph. The shift officer had noticed the suspect vehicle turn from the exit ramp just before the trooper’s alert. The driver was found to have had a license revocation in 2006.

‘Ignoring red light’ leads to DWI arrest
An Elk River officer working DWI detail April 20 cited a 59-year-old Big Lake man on the 14700 block of Highway 10 around 11:15 p.m. The officer said that the suspect ignored a red light at Highway 10 and Joplin before proceeding to weave frequently and cross the fog line multiple times. The man failed all field sobriety tests and later refused all requests to agree to a breath, blood or urine test after consulting with an attorney. The suspect was held at the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.

St. Cloud man cited for assault at station
While conducting a business check April 22 at Walmart, police learned of a domestic assault allegation involving a man and woman in a car at the nearby Exxon station. Police cited a 31-year-old St. Cloud man with felony domestic assault. The woman alleged that the man struck her with his elbow. Her daughter, also in the car, was uninjured.

Ramsey man reports theft of duffel bag
A 23-year-old Ramsey man reported theft from the back seat of a locked vehicle April 22 on Cleveland Street. The man said he was missing a black duffel bag containing tools. He noted the left rear tire was slashed, and that the vehicle appeared to have several new dents. The man suspected this incident was out of retribution for a previous call of criminal property damage made from the address.

Isle man cited for DWI, possession
A 23-year-old Isle man was cited for second-degree DWI plus possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia after crossing center and fog lines on northbound Highway 169 around 1:30 a.m. April 22, police said.

Zimmerman woman, 60, reports theft
A 60-year-old Zimmerman woman reported a theft from her locked vehicle behind a business on Freeport Street. The incident happened between 3 and 9 p.m. April 20. The woman reported that an unknown person broke out the front passenger window, then removed a navy blue sweatshirt (with a tree print design) and a handicap parking permit.

Police address girl’s marijuana, K2 use
A mother of a juvenile female on Morton Avenue requested a police call April 20 to address marijuana use by the daughter. The girl admitted to regularly smoking both marijuana and the synthetic K2 drug, and blamed “family drama” surrounding her parents’ divorce and other personal issues. Police confiscated and destroyed a homemade pipe from the girl’s backpack, and issued her a warning for possession of paraphernalia.

Male, 14, cited for possession of pot
Administration at Salk Middle School reported finding a student with a small amount of marijuana April 20. A 14-year-old male was cited for possession.