Police Report: Oops! Man pulls out in front of squad

by Jim Boyle

A 19-year-old Waverly man was cited for inattentive driving after he pulled out in front of an Elk River squad car shortly before midnight May 20.

The Elk River officer was on patrol in an eastbound lane of School Street when he observed the mentioned vehicle dart out in front of him to get into a westbound lane of School Street from Irving Avenue.

The officer had to hit his brake pedal to avoid a collision with the vehicle, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

The officer observed the driver holding a cell phone with his right hand near eye level.

The officer turned around and stopped the motorist, who admitted he wasn’t paying attention. The driver explained he had fallen asleep at a girlfriend’s house and was distracted while attempting to call his mother to let her know he was running late when he pulled out in front of the squad.

Goose — with arrow through it — spotted
Elk River police received a report May 20 of a goose walking down the road with an arrow through it.

The goose was gone by the time police arrived where the bird had been, near the intersection of County Road 33 and Concord Street.

Residents living in the area reported seeing a goose matching the same description, but that the arrow which had penetrated the bird’s chest cavity did not prevent it from functioning normally.

Texting leads to 911 call, talk with parents
A 15-year-old Elk River boy was texting back and forth with an unknown person for an extended time, and at one point in the texting became concerned and called police about 5:40 p.m. May 20. The two had been texting each other for about two hours when he called 911 instead of telling his parents, who were home with him in the 18000 block of Albany Street.

Officers spoke to the boy and his parents about the dangers of texting with an unknown person. The parents stated they would talk with him, too.

Police attempted to call the number that the text messages were coming from, but a recording stated the calls would not go through.

Elk River man, 32, reports trailer theft
A 32-year-old Elk River man reported May 20 his utility trailer was stolen from his yard in the 19000 block of Kennedy Street.

The trailer, described as a 6-by-10-foot Newman trailer with a sled bed,  had been parked alongside the garage.

Discriminatory graffiti report taken May 20
Elk River police took a report May 20 of graffiti at the intersection of Watson Street and 223rd Court. Someone used a black substance to write a discriminatory comment on the face of a stop sign at that intersection.

Dayton woman tagged for DWI
A Dayton woman, 29, was arrested for DWI May 20 after police received a radio call for a traffic complaint of an erratic driver traveling south on Highway 169. She was stopped in the area of Highway 169 and Ranch Road in Elk River. In addition to be being arrested for DWI, the woman was cited for no proof of insurance.

Monticello woman  arrested for DWI
A Monticello woman, 22, was arrested for DWI May 20 after being observed making an improper turn in the area of Jackson Avenue and School Street in Elk River. The woman was arrested for fourth-degree DWI.

Minneapolis man, 52, arrested for DWI
A Minneapolis man, 52, was arrested May 19 for DWI after police took a complaint of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance at a place of business in the 19000 block of Freeport Avenue in Elk River. The driver was uncooperative after being stopped and was arrested for third-degree DWI after refusing to perform field sobriety tests.

Theft of scrap metal reported at business
Superior Iron, 17000 block of Ulysses Street, reported the theft of scrap metal on May 17. It was taken sometime between the previous weekend and the call date.

Motorcyclist injured after dumping bike
A 36-year-old Albertville motorcyclist was injured when his bike slid on gravel and he was thrown from the bike, causing an abrasion to his left knee and tenderness to the left side of his rib cage. The accident happened about 8 p.m. May 16 in the eastbound lane of 205th Avenue approaching Quincy Street. He was evaluated by an Elk River Ambulance and was released at the scene.

Sibling suspected in theft from piggy bank
A 35-year-old Elk woman who lives along School Street reported May 17 that her son stole money from her daughter’s piggy bank.  Officers also located drug paraphernalia in the son’s room.

Traffic stop results in pair of arrests
A Milaca woman, 18, was cited May 18 for no insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia and an Onamia boy, 16, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana during a traffic stop at Jackson and Freeport in Elk River.

Elk River woman, 46, arrested for theft
A 46-year-old Elk River woman was arrested May 18 for shoplifting after allegedly taking items from Walmart. She was cooperative and admitted stealing the items.

Woman injured after car rolls over her
An Elk River woman, 59, reported that after she had parked her car about 4:30 p.m. May 17 in the 600 block of Gates Avenue, she noticed that it was rolling down her driveway.

While trying to get back into the car the victim was caught by the door and dragged about 10 feet before the vehicle rolled over her arm and shoulder. The vehicle stopped in her neighbor’s yard across the street, and caused minor damage to the vehicle and the neighbor’s house.

The ambulance responded, but the victim was not transported to the hospital.

The neighbor was advised of the situation and stated they would work it out with the neighbor.

Diagnostic tools taken from business
A business owner in the 500 block of Dodge Street reported May 16 the business was burglarized overnight. Taken were various diagnostic electronic tools.

Police investigate  disturbance at Evans
Elk River police are investigating a disturbance that happened on May 14 in the 300 block of Evans Avenue.

An anonymous complainant reported someone yelling in the parking lot. Upon arrival, the suspect, believed to be a 26-year-old St. Paul man, had left in a vehicle, Kluntz reported.

There had been an apparent dispute over some property and there was mention of a gun, but no reports of threats.

Big Lake man, 48,   arrested for DWI
A 48-year-old Big Lake man was arrested for DWI after police received a report May 14 of a man acting intoxicated before leaving the Elk River Perkins restaurant. An Elk River officer observed the man drive over a curb in the lot and then strike it again while leaving.