The Forest Lake Police Department reported the following incidents:


• A possible intoxicated driver was reported at Forest Lake Taco Bell on Broadway Avenue at 1:26 p.m. Jan. 28. A suspect vehicle was stuck on the retaining wall at the nearby car wash entrance. Witnesses reported that the driver of the vehicle had walked into AmericInn trying to get a room. The 35-year-old Forest Lake man was located in a room in the hotel and exhibited signs of impairment. He performed poorly on a field sobriety test, and refused to take a preliminary breath test. He was booked for test refusal. 

• A driving complaint was issued from the Burger King on Broadway Avenue at 8:27 p.m. Jan. 26. Police located the vehicle in question and conducted the traffic stop, identifying the driver as a 25-year-old Forest Lake man who showed signs of intoxication. He was taken into custody and refused a breath test. He was transported to Washington County Jail on second degree test refusal.

• A theft occurred at the Menards on Everton Avenue at 7:53 p.m. Jan. 26. A loss prevention employee stated she had watched a suspect in the store select a pry bar and put it down his pants. Once outside the store, she confronted him, and he returned the item and provided ID. Then, the suspect vehicle pulled up and the suspect ran to it and jumped in. Officers located the suspect vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, and the front seat passenger, a 20-year-old Hugo man, was identified as the suspect from the theft and taken into custody. A search of his person turned up 0.3 grams of cocaine, a glass bubble pipe with meth residue and various other paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle, a 19-year-old Minneapolis man, was cited for aiding and abetting the theft. 

• A vehicle was stopped for an equipment violation on North Shore Trail near Greenway Avenue N. at 12:32 a.m. Jan. 25. The driver, a 36-year-old Shafer man, was found to have a revoked driver’s license with a record of failure to appear in court and failure to pay fines. He was taken into custody and searched, which yielded 0.6 grams of meth in his pants pocket. No other occupant of the vehicle had a valid driver’s license. The front seat passenger, a 36-year-old man with no permanent address, was found to have two Washington County warrants for his arrest, and also gave a false name to officers. A search of the vehicle turned up various other narcotics and paraphernalia. 

• A vehicle was stopped for a moving violation on Highway 61 near the intersection with Highway 8 at 11:22 p.m. Feb. 8. The driver, a 55-year-old Wyoming man, was ultimately arrested for third degree DWI.

• Forest Lake police assisted Washington County probation officers in the 19900 block of Forest Road N. at 1:56 p.m. Feb. 6. A 27-year-old Wyoming man at that address had committed a probation violation and had an apprehend and detain order issued. Police took him into custody and searched him, which turned up a small plastic baggie that contained white powder in his wallet. It tested positive for cocaine. A dose of the drug Suboxone was also found in his inside jacket pocket. He admitted he did not have a prescription for Suboxone. He was transported to Washington County Jail for the apprehend and detain order and fifth degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Police received a report of a vehicle that had gone off the roadway in the 20000 block of Fern Glen Boulevard N. at 4 p.m. Feb. 5. An officer made contact with the driver, a 30-year-old Forest Lake man, who was stuck in the ditch. He had slurred speech, watery eyes and poor balance. He claimed he had not had any alcohol since the night before. He exited the vehicle and fell into the snow. He performed poorly on a field sobriety test and was taken into custody. A breath test was given with a result of 0.08. He was issued a citation for fourth degree DWI, having a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more within two hours and having no driver’s license in his possession. He was released to a sober party. 

• A Forest Lake officer was working on a Towards Zero Deaths traffic safety project in Woodbury at 12:28 a.m. Feb. 5 when a southbound vehicle came by with extremely dim headlights. The officer stopped the vehicle and made contact with driver, a 25-year-old Cottage Grove man, who appeared to be intoxicated. He was arrested for DUI and transported to jail. 

• Police were called to the 6700 block of 210th Street N. at 9:32 a.m. Feb. 3 in response to a vehicle crash. Upon arrival police observed one vehicle stuck in the snow, partially blocking the road. A 39-year-old Forest Lake man was standing outside the vehicle, and while talking with him officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol. He admitted to drinking and was transported to jail for third degree DWI and an open bottle violation. 

• Police observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the 1200 block of Broadway Avenue at 1:04 a.m. Feb. 3. The driver was then observed hitting a snowbank on the shoulder of the road. An officer conducted a traffic stop, and the driver, a 23-year-old North Branch woman, responded with rude behavior including cursing and calling officers names on initial contact. She showed signs of intoxication and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. She admitted to being drunk and refused a preliminary breath test. She was taken to the Forest Lake Police Department, where she refused to take a breath test. She was booked at Washington County Jail. 

• An officer observed a vehicle turning from 12th Street SW. to Broadway Avenue without signaling at 12:57 a.m. Feb. 3. The officer stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as a 55-year-old Forest Lake man, who showed signs of intoxication. He was taken into custody, and it was later discovered that there was a loaded handgun in the center console, in reach of the driver. He had a permit to carry issued by Washington County. He was transported to Washington County Jail for second degree DWI and carrying a firearm  while impaired. 

• Police were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the 6800 block of North Shore Drive at 3:37 a.m. Jan. 2.  The driver, a 25-year-old man with no permanent address, was found to have warrants for his arrest. The passenger, a 21-year-old Forest Lake man, was found to be in possession of a glass pipe with white residue and other drug paraphernalia. Both were arrested and transported to Washington County Jail. 


• An assault was reported in the 5700 block of Scandia Trail N. at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 28. A highly intoxicated female reported she was assaulted by another female in the residence. An officer noticed a slight cut on the complainant’s lip. There was some disagreement between all parties about what had happened, but no one wanted to press charges, and officers advised those involved to call it a night.

• An unwanted party was reported in the 20800 block of Juno Court N. at 12 a.m. Feb. 5. Police arrived to find a 21-year-old Scandia man who said he was not aware of where he was or where he came from. He appeared to be highly intoxicated and provided a preliminary breath sample with a result of 0.276. Due to his high level of intoxication, an ambulance was called. The man was cooperative and complied with instructions before being transported to the hospital.

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