Police report: DWI issued to driver followed by other motorists

by Jim Boyle


A 45-year-old Big Lake man was arrested for DWI on April 25 after he was reported to be driving erratically.

An Elk River patrol officer located the suspect vehicle on Highway 10 west of Waco Street and observed it to cross lane lines sharply and repeatedly. Additionally, Minnesota State Patrol  dispatchers advised they had two named callers following the vehicle.

The Elk River officer attempted to stop the vehicle at Highway 10 and 147th Avenue, however the vehicle continued without yielding until near the County Road 14 and 15 exit ramp.

The man had prior implied consent with revocation in 2006, and the process for forfeiting his vehicle has been initiated.

Man observes suspicious behavior

An 18-year-old Elk River man reported on April 27 he witnessed an unknown male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans open his unlocked vehicle and enter it while it was parked in the driveway in the 18000 block of Smith Street.

The caller said he yelled at the suspect, who left on foot to the south. The caller saw the male meet up with another male who was also wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt two houses down. Both left on foot in an unknown direction. Nothing had been taken.

Officers checked the area but did not find the suspects.

Sign of spring: boat motor stolen

A 23-year-old Anoka man reported April 27 the theft of an 8 HP Johnson outboard motor. It was stolen from his driveway in the 18000 block of Queen Street.

The motor, which is said to be valued at $1,500, is approximately 10 years old, white and also had a white “Monster” energy drink sticker on the top of it.

The complainant did not have the VIN or serial number for the motor as he just bought it from a private party.

License plates taken while man works

A 55-year-old Elk River man reported April 26 that he noticed his license plates were stolen while he was at work in the 12000 block of Industrial Boulevard. He told police that the plates were still on the vehicle when he went outside on break.

There are no suspects, but gas stations have been alerted to watch for the plates.

Red light runner cited for possession

A 33-year-old Mound man who was cited on April 25 for going through a red light at the intersection of 193rd Avenue and Highway 169 in Elk River was also found to be in  possession of a small amount of marijuana.

During the officer’s investigation he smelled the strong, sharp odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The driver eventually handed a plastic container of a green leafy substance. A vehicle search revealed a metal pipe and no additional marijuana or paraphernalia.

The driver was cited for both offenses.

Woman wants her computer back

A 24-year-old Elk River woman reported on April 25 that two to three weeks ago someone stole her laptop computer from her apartment in the 800 block of School Street. The woman said she believes her child’s father took the computer, but she was unsure if she wanted to press charges. She stated she just wants the computer back.

The suspect is reportedly homeless and does not have a phone. The investigation revealed that the suspect pawned the computer in Bloomington on March 29. A hold was placed on the computer. Police are continuing to investigate.

While man slept, plates are stolen

A 24-year-old Elk River man reported April 25 someone stole the license plates off his vehicle overnight while it was parked in the 18000 block of Gary Street.

Tires slashed on car at his workplace

A 36-year-old Elk River man reported April 24 that all four tires on a Pontiac Sunfire parked at Morrell Trucking, located in the 10000 block of 171st Avenue, were slashed while he had been on a route as a trucker.

The complainant gave police suspect information, and reported it’s possible there is video surveillance in the lot.

Golf clubs stolen from Elk River home

A 49-year-old Elk River man reported on April 24 that sometime within the last three weeks someone stole his spare set of golf clubs from his residence in the 11000 block of 192nd Lane. The complainant believes that the suspect may be his daughter or her boyfriend.

Copper stolen from foreclosed home

A 25-year-old Andover man reported on April 24 that someone entered a foreclosed home and stole 20-30 feet of copper pipe valued at $200. There were no signs of forced entry. Photos were taken at the residence in the 18000 block of Naples Street.

Suspicious shoppers wanted for theft

A store manager for Furniture and Things, 15612 Jarvis St., reported on April 24 a group of five to six people came into the store and spent about 30 minutes wandering through the store. Staff became suspicious of them but didn’t witness any criminal behavior.

After the group left in two vehicles, however, staff noticed a wireless adaptor missing from the store’s computer. The manager believes someone from that group took it.