South-West Review police reports published September 2nd, 2019

Mendota Heights


An officer checked out a vehicle that was parking in the lot of a closed business Aug. 17 in the 900 block of Highway 13. The officer saw the vehicle’s brake lights were on, and there was an occupant passed out in the driver’s seat. When the officer woke the driver and as they talked with them, they could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath. The driver was arrested for fourth-degree DWI after the officer conducted a field sobriety test.


On Aug. 17, an officer saw a vehicle driving on the shoulder and speeding in the 1500 block of Old Sibley Memorial Highway. The officer caught up with the vehicle and attempted to pull it over, but the driver refused to immediately pull over. Once the driver did stop, the officer detained the them. While speaking with the driver, the officer could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath. The driver blew a .17, twice the legal limit, and was arrested for second-degree DWI.


Stolen plates

Multiple guests of a hotel in the 1300 block of Northland Driver reported their license plates and windshield wipers stolen Aug. 18.


Drug activity

On Aug. 19, an officer responded to a report of drug activity near the 2000 block of Pilot Knob Road. The report said there was a vehicle with juveniles smoking marijuana. Officers found the vehicle and found a small amount marijuana and THC vape pens inside it. The marijuana was discarded and one juvenile was charged for the vape pens.


Where’d the go?

A call came in Aug. 21 about a group of kids throwing large items in the middle of the road near the intersection of Dodd Road and Wagon Wheel Trail. Officers found the items in the roadway but did not find the kids mentioned in the report – the items were placed in storage until owners could be located.


West St. Paul

I’m lost

A woman called police Aug. 21 from Sunfish Lane about a man slowly driving down the street. She said she didn’t think he was a construction worker – there were multiple homes nearby under construction. It ended up being that the he was a construction worker and was lost. He was given directions to the site he needed to be on.


Wash off

A man was trying doorknobs in the 100 block of Bernard Street Aug. 21 after coming out of the woods. The man asked the woman who called police for a bag when he approached her from the woods. He said he was looking for a place to wash off since he fell in mud. Police advised the man he shouldn’t be going on people’s property without their permission and he left the area.


Why’d the chicken cross the road?

On Aug. 23, a woman called police because there were four chickens wandering around on Arion Street. She didn’t live at the address but was concerned they were wandering around. An officer told the woman they would most likely return home.


Update them

There were several reports of people being cited for expired vehicle registration tabs Aug. 23.


Vehicle vs. mailbox

A woman called police Aug. 23 to report someone hit her mailbox in the 1500 block of Charlton Street. She also wanted to report that due to road closures, there had been a significant increase in vehicles speeding along Charlton Street.


Help please

On Aug. 24, a woman called police after a group of men tried to get into her vehicle. She told police she was parked on the street in the 300 block of Marie Avenue when a man approached her, looked at her license plate, walked away and came back with another man who attempted to open her car door with her inside. The men did not say anything, and she drove away before calling the police. The woman was allowed to park her vehicle in the public works building under the lights for the night and was escorted back to her apartment. Police advised her to call back if the men returned.


All over the place

A woman, who lives in Inver Grove Heights, called police Aug. 25 because her vehicle was broken into and stolen in West St. Paul. Hastings police recovered it but she needed to report it through West St. Paul to get her vehicle back.


Please leave

An employee of a business in the 2000 block of Robert Street called police Aug. 25 after an argumentative customer, who was asked to leave twice, wasn’t leaving. 

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