Police report: Passenger gets DWI — for crash

by Jim Boyle


A 19-year-old Elk River man was arrested for DWI after Elk River Police sorted through a situation in the 19700 block of Proctor Road.

A citizen had heard the sound of squealing tires and what sounded like a crash and had called police about 1:46 p.m. Aug. 2.

Officers located the crashed vehicle in the ditch on Proctor, but the driver was not located by police until an officer stopped another vehicle for a traffic violation.

Police learned, during the course of that Aug. 2 traffic stop for a failure to yield, that the driver of the crashed vehicle had been picked up by the other car.

The second traffic stop led to multiple people being cited for various offenses, including minor consumption, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana and failing to yield.

The alleged drunken driver had been southbound on Proctor Road from Ridgewood Drive when the vehicle left the roadway several times, eventually causing it to roll over into the trees at the edge of the ditch.

Further investigation revealed that two of the occupants in the traffic stop had been involved in the earlier motor vehicle crash near the stop location just prior to the stop.

Equipment violation uncovers drug crime

Elk River Police stopped a vehicle at about 10:37 a.m. Aug. 4 near the intersection of Highway 10 and Upland Avenue for an equipment violation and made a arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

A 17-year-old Elk River passenger was discovered to have the items.  Meanwhile, the 18-year-old Ramsey man who was driving the vehicle was cited for the equipment violation.

Similarly, a 41-year-old Elk River man was stopped at about 7:10 p.m. Aug. 2 at Line Avenue and Third Street for speeding and a cracked windshield but was arrested for driving with a canceled license.

Officer in right place, right time for this crime

Do you ever wish there were a cop around when you see someone littering?

Well, there was one around when a 48-year-old Monticello man threw a cigarette out his car window on the night of Aug. 2 at the intersection of Main Street and Gates Avenue.

The man was cited for littering.

Motorcyclist ends up in Elk River ditch

 A 38-year-old Champlin man was traveling west on Meadowvale Road on his motorcycle when he went to go around the corner at Islandview Drive and found himself in the oncoming lane of traffic.He told police the motorcycle shifted its weight and sent him there, so he applied the brakes and proceeded into the ditch and then tipped the bike over on its side. The passenger on his bike had a laceration on her right elbow, and both the driver and passenger had road rash.

Both parties were transported to Maple Grove Hospital via Elk River Ambulance.