The Forest Lake Police Department reported the following incidents:
Police were called to the Aqua restaurant at 10:43 p.m. Sept. 4 in response to a man who refused to leave the business. Employees said that the 19-year-old Forest Lake man, who was a fellow employee at the restaurant, refused to leave after the shifts were over for the night. He was told to leave by management. When officers made contact with the man, he did not directly answer any questions and rambled on tangents. Police told him he needed to leave and if he refused to do so he would be taken to jail. He said that officers would have to make him, saying he was not leaving unless he was in handcuffs. He was taken into custody, issued a citation and booked at Washington County Jail.
A vehicle was stopped on Forest Boulevard N. at 2:13 a.m. Sept. 3 for erratic driving. The driver admitted to there being no insurance on the vehicle. Police called the owner of the vehicle, who confirmed this. Due to the vehicle being parked partially in the roadway, the two people in the car were advised it would be towed. During an inventory search, an officer located numerous items associated with drug use. Both suspects and their belongings were searched, which revealed further paraphernalia and one gram of meth. The driver, a 40-year-old St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin woman, was arrested for fifth degree controlled substance possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without insurance. The passenger, a 39-year-old Amery, Wisconsin woman, was arrested for possession of a fifth degree controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police were called in response to a domestic disturbance on Georgia Avenue N. at 11:26 p.m. Aug. 30. The complainant said he was sleeping when he was awoken by his 22-year-old son being disruptive. The man found his son extremely intoxicated and attempted to escort him to his room. He reported that the son became aggressive, and the two wrestled in the hallway. The complainant received a bloody lip during the altercation. An officer arrived and tried to make contact with the family’s son, who was intoxicated and spewing obscenities. The officer attempted to converse with him, but he continued to be belligerent, refusing to give his name or explain the issue. He then made an aggressive movement, so the officer grabbed him by the arm, forced him on top of the bed and put him in handcuffs. He was escorted to a squad. The son was cited for domestic assault, disorderly conduct and obstruction of legal process. He was transported to the Dakota County detox facility.
Police responded to the scene of a fight at an address on 12th Street SW at 7:49 p.m. Aug. 30. Upon arrival, an officer spoke with three of the parties involved, who advised that a 46-year-old Forest Lake woman had become aggressive toward them when they came to help her and another woman move out after they had been evicted from the property. They left to the parking lot, where the suspect chased another woman around her vehicle and punched the vehicle. The woman was taken into custody for domestic assault and disorderly conduct. She was transported to Washington County Jail.
Officers were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on North Shore Trail Aug. 30 at 5:21 p.m. Two vehicles were pulled off to the side of the roadway; the driver of one was a female who did not remember the crash or what occurred, most likely due to injuries she sustained. The other vehicle was located further down the road and had severe front damage. The driver, a 22-year-old Ham Lake man, had injuries to his arms from airbag deployment. Officers found that the female driver lived near the scene of the accident and was likely slowing to turn left into her driveway. The male driver reported that he had been behind her for at least a mile, and had a small dog in the car, which was afraid would jump out the open window. He looked down at the dog, and when he looked back up he said he saw the slowing vehicle and attempted to brake but could not stop in time. A citation will be mailed to the suspect for failure to drive with due care.
Police were at the scene of an injury accident on North Shore Trail Aug. 30 when a white truck passed stopped traffic on the left and accelerated past an officer as pictures of the scene were being taken. Stationary radar showed that the vehicle was going 51 in a 40 mph zone.The officer caught up to the vehicle and stopped it. A second officer arrived and noted that the driver, a 39-year-old Forest Lake man, showed signs of impairment. A preliminary breath test showed a level of 0.221. He was booked and held.
Police officers responded to the Burger King drive-thru on Broadway Avenue at 10:06 p.m. Aug. 29 in response to a report of a drunk driver. When they arrived, the vehicle had just departed, but it was later located. Officers spoke with the passenger, who said that the driver, a 30-year-old Forest Lake man, had opened a beer in the car and had been drinking earlier. The suspect admitted to having a couple drinks earlier, and refused a preliminary breath test. He was taken into custody and transported to the police department. He later provided breath samples with a result of 0.21, and was booked on charges of third degree DWI and open container.
Police responded to a report of a burglary at McCullough Storage at 3:24 p.m. Sept. 4. A complainant noted that sometime in the last day, someone had cut the locking mechanism for his storage unit, and that four 5” plasma TVs and 4-5 boxes of collector cars had been taken. He also reported a tire and rim that do not belong to him were found in the unit. The tire was entered into evidence. Photos were taken, and another unit looked to have similar damage to its lock.
A complainant called in an IRS scam call on Sept. 1. He had not given any money to the caller, but wanted police to be aware of the incident. Police Captain Greg Weiss reminds citizens that the IRS will not call you if you owe money.