The Forest Lake Police Department reported the following incidents:
An officer followed a suspicious vehicle that appeared to have failing brake lights into the Holiday station on Broadway Avenue at 10:54 p.m. Aug. 26. The driver, a 23-year-old Columbus man, exited the car and the officer approached him. He explained he had just gotten some light bulbs and he knew they were a problem, and also revealed he did not have a driver's license. The officer could smell the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, and the driver admitted there was an amount of marijuana inside, along with other drug paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested for felony possession of drug paraphernalia, having no driver's license, possession of a small amount of marijuana and having no insurance. The vehicle was towed and the man was transported to jail.
The Forest Lake Burger King on Broadway Avenue called police to remove a disorderly female from the premises at 10 p.m. Aug. 25. The 47-year-old Forest Lake woman appeared to be intoxicated, and was yelling in the store and demanding food. She then went into the parking lot, where she climbed into the passenger seat of a stranger's car and demanded a ride home. When the employees and the vehicle's driver were able to get her out, she stumbled around the parking lot. Police made contact with the suspect, who swore and began to walk away. She was detained and handcuffed, but began resisting arrest by going limp, yelling and swearing and not allowing a pat search. She was transported to jail and booked for disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice and tampering with a motor vehicle. She refused a breath test.
An employee at the Forest Lake McDonald's reported that he believed a coworker had stolen two bags of his prescription pills (oxycodone) from an employee area at work at 6:10 p.m. Aug. 25. The coworker, a 32-year-old Forest Lake woman, admitted to taking the medication. She was arrested for felony theft and possession of a fifth-degree controlled substance and transported to jail.
A 46-year-old Wyoming man was arrested for fifth-degree possession, driving after revocation, having no insurance and a handicapped parking violation in the 900 block of Ninth Avenue SW at 8:34 a.m. Aug. 24. Police noticed the man parked in a handicapped spot with no plates on the vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded a glass bubble that field-tested as methamphetamine. The suspect was taken into custody for multiple violations.
The Forest Lake Applebee's reported an intoxicated, disorderly man inside the business at 9:12 p.m. Sept. 4. On arrival, police made contact with the 25-year-old Oakdale man, who was advised he was no longer welcome in the business. He was escorted outside and performed a preliminary breath test with a result of 0.28. When offers informed him he was under arrest for disorderly conduct, he began to pull away and resist arrest. He was handcuffed and transported to jail.
A single-vehicle accident was reported at the Clear Lake Water Access at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 3. The vehicle with two Forest Lake occupants had struck and was stuck on a post. The driver, a 34-year-old Forest Lake man, showed signs of intoxication and admitted to consuming alcohol four hours earlier. A preliminary breath test had a result of 0.18. He was taken into custody and transported to jail.
An officer on patrol on Highway 8 noticed a vehicle eastbound at a high rate of speed, passing other vehicles at 10:49 a.m. Sept. 2. Radar indicated the vehicle was traveling 90 mph in a 60 mph zone. The officer stopped the vehicle and the driver, a 20-year-old Lindstrom man, admitted that he knew he was being stopped for going too fast. He was given a citation and given a verbal warning about the dog collar hanging from the rearview mirror.
A 44-year-old St. Paul man was arrested for violating a domestic assault no-contact order in the 300 block of 11th Avenue SE at 10:54 p.m. Aug. 30. An anonymous complainant reported a man chasing and assaulting a woman in the area. An officer arrived and located the suspect with the protected person in a camper trailer. Both denied that there was a physical assault, but they were aware that there was a protection order in place. The man was arrested for the violation and transported to jail.
A 40-year-old Forest Lake man was arrested on an active warrant from St. Croix County, Wisconsin on the Broadway Avenue bridge over I-35 at 10:06 a.m. Aug. 30. The man happened to be a passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident. An officer identified him and he was taken into custody and taken to Washington County Law Enforcement Center.
Police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 900 block of Seventh St. SE at 7:33 p.m. Aug. 29. The vehicle had been parked overnight in the driveway, and the owner did not know if it was locked. There are no suspects.
A customer at Forest Lake Walmart reported at 9:38 a.m. Sept. 3 that the previous day he had parked and gone into the store for about 10 minutes. Later, he realized that several items were missing from the back seat of his vehicle, including a ground blind, sleeping bag and a rifle, with a total estimated value of $900-$1,000. The complainant said he thought he had locked the vehicle, but there might have been a chance the window was left partially down. An officer followed up with Walmart to see if surveillance footage could be obtained.
An accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 97 and North Shore Trail at 2:43 p.m. Aug. 22. A vehicle that was eastbound on Highway 97 was turning left onto North Shore Trail, and it continued its turn around a dump truck that was turning left off of North Shore Trail. The car, a driver training vehicle, collided with the rear driver's side wheel of the truck. The driver and trainer complained of injuries and were treated by North Ambulance. Later in the day, the scene of a crash involving a school bus at the same intersection was also cleared with no injuries.
A physical altercation was reported in the 400 block of Lake Street S. at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 2. An officer determined that the dispute was over one of the participant's items being in a storage area of the complex. Witnesses observed that the suspect threatened another individual with a knife, threw a chair at him and threatened him with a chain. They said they walked away, when the suspect came up and “chest bumped” the same complainant. He claimed at that point, he punched the other man three or four times. The other man claimed he did nothing and was assaulted for no reason, but acknowledged that he was supposed to have his items out of the storage but didn't have time. He was transported to Fairview Hospital due to facial injuries.
A woman was injured when she fell off her motorcycle along Julep Trail N. at 10:36 p.m. Aug. 29. Police located her lying in the ditch, where she reported pain in her right shoulder. She said she was on a ride in the area, but when she tried to take a slight left turn, her rear wheel lost its grip and she skidded. She was wearing a helmet with signs of damage. Two witnesses observed the accident, and stated she was going approximately 30 mph when it happened. North Ambulance arrived and transported her to the hospital.