Guess I’m going to jail, huh?
Residents called police when a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire was stopped on the railroad tracks in the 19000 block of Pelham Road about midnight Jan. 31. The 37-year-old resident who was driving the car told police he lost control of the car and slid off the road and onto the tracks. Officers reported smelling a strong odor of intoxicants.
While investigating the scene, the driver asked the officer, “So, I guess I’m going to jail tonight, huh?” The officer asked the driver why he would say that, and the man then reportedly told the officer because he was drunk. The officer said he asked how much the man had to drink, the man allegedly responded, “I’ve had a lot.” The officer said the driver had difficulty standing and with the snow and ice, authorities thought a field sobriety test would be unsafe.
The man was arrested and cited for operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .17 or higher. The man reportedly had a .23 blood alcohol, three times the legal limit of .08 in Michigan. The man was arrested and his vehicle was impounded.
Dangling in the wrong place
Police stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Impala for items dangling from the rearview mirror. The driver, a 25-year-old Allen Park woman, couldn’t give the officer proper proof of insurance for her vehicle. Police reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and the woman said she had some in her purse.
Upon further investigation, police found three baggies of medical marijuana in a prescription battle. The woman was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Her vehicle was impounded.
Police cite teenager for huffing
Police were called to Walmart, 5851 Mercury Drive, Jan. 26 after witnesses saw a teenager inhaling an aerosol can in the parking lot.
The man was sitting in his black Dodge Charger when officers arrived and noticed he was hunched over in the driver’s seat. Officers also saw the aerosol can in the man’s lap. They attempted to make contact with the man, but could not see if he was conscious or breathing.
Dearborn first responders arrived as the man regained consciousness. He was had trouble opening his eyes, but had slurred speech when speaking with police and paramedics.
The man admitted to inhaling vapors from the can and was cited by police. His vehicle was impounded.
Woman caught driving stolen vehicle
While on patrol in the area of Tireman and Chase Road Feb. 4, police saw a 2000 Mercury Sable driving with an object hanging in the rearview mirror.
A traffic stop was conducted when officers were able to determine through a license plate check that the vehicle was stolen out of Detroit. When asked for her license and proof of insurance or registration, the woman said she did not have the information. She also said the vehicle belonged to her friend.
Officers arrested the woman for receiving and concealing stolen property and placed under a $200 bond. Detroit police responded to recover the vehicle.
Truck batteries, rims, generator stolen from business lot
Police responded to All American Superhero Ice Cream, 5675 Wellington Drive, Jan. 25 on a report of items stolen from a shed on the property.
The business owner said a Craftsman air compressor 20 car batteries, a black portable generator, four 17-inch Enkei chrome rims and a lugnut impact wrench were missing from the shed. She said the thefts possibly took place from Jan. 21 to 25 at the business.
The owner that on Jane. 25 she noticed damage to the padlock on the fence surrounding the lot. The padlock was cut off and the thieves entered the parking lot and shed.
There is no suspect information.
Resident reports snowblower, leafblower missing from garage
A man living in a house in the 19000 block of Powers called police Feb. 5 after a snowblower and leafblower were stolen.
He said that he went outside to the garage about 7 a.m. he saw his garage door was open. A check of the garage revealed the items missing.
The previous night, the man said he saw a white man, who he thought was a repairman, in a GMC pickup truck parked near the garage.
Police have no evidence.
You called me what?
Police were called to the 2000 block of Chandler Jan. 20 when the homeowner found someone broke into his house via a glass door. The culprits shattered the glass door to gain entry, tore down the ceiling light fixtures, made a hole in the dining room wall, spray painted on a living room wall, shattered the toilet in the bathroom and painted a star symbol on the walls in multiple bedrooms.
The owner said he recently bought the house and is in the process of remodeling it.
A 24-year-old woman called police to her house in the 1200 block of Farnham Jan. 20 when she discovered the windshield on her 1994 Red Ford Tempo smashed.
The woman told police the windshield was broken sometime between 11 p.m. Jan. 19 and 7:30 a.m. Jan. 20. There was an estimated $200 in damage. The object used to break the windshield is unknown. Nothing was missing from inside the vehicle.
Where’s my tunes?
A 27-year-old woman told police that a side window on her 2006 Chrysler 300 was smashed while the vehicle was parked outside her boyfriend’s house in the 1700 block of McLain Avenue.
The woman said the window was broken sometime between 10 p.m. Jan. 19 and 9 a.m. Jan. 20. The damage was estimated at $300. The thief also took a touch-screen stereo valued at $500.
Police found the window shattered and the center dash ripped out. The woman told police she didn’t see anything missing other than the stereo.
You call that money?
Police were called to a party store in the 2900 block of Oakwood Boulevard Jan. 21 when a store employee caught a 53-year-old Dearborn woman trying to pay for items with a counterfeit $100 bill.
The woman and her brother, 56, of River Rouge, were doing laundry at a laundromat next to the store. The man said he had just received the bill as payment for work at an Ecorse store.
The woman told police she thinks the owner of the Ecorse store, where her brother had worked for about a week at the time of the complaint, took advantage of her brother because he is mentally slow.
Another use for a rake
When a woman took a 49-year-old Detroit man back to her house in the 17000 block of Reed Avenue Jan. 23, the pair began to argue. The man took the woman’s rake from outside her house and smashed the windshield of her 2000 Ford Focus. The woman, who was inside the house watching the whole event, told police she was afraid to go outside. When she told the man she’d called police, the man fled north, running toward Greenfield.
The woman said she called the man’s cell phone several times, asking him why he broke her window. The woman told police the man kept saying he did it because she was a “b——.” The woman said she wants to press charges against the man for malicious destruction of property.
Neighboring cities respond to apartment fire
Fire departments from Trenton, Southgate and Wyandotte responded to an apartment fire at 9:32 a.m. Feb. 4 at Huntington House Apartments, 17400 Fort St. after callers reported smoke from a unit on the west side of the complex. The fire started in a second floor unit and spread to a ground floor apartment, which were both a total loss. Apartment personnel and the American Red Cross helped the displaced residents.
Sibley signal smashed
An Ontario-based tractor trailer with an oversized load permit struck and destroyed a traffic signal at 9:31 a.m. Feb. 2 at Sibley Road and Civic Park Drive. Officers reported half of the light was dangling by wires and the rest was shattered and scattered about the intersection.
The driver produced a valid permit from the Michigan Department of Transportation, and was following the prescribed route. The truck had cosmetic scratches. Wayne County signal division arrived quickly on the scene to restore signal function to the intersection.
Series of windows smashed on parked cars
Windows were smashed overnight in three different parked vehicles in a two-week period, with two residents’ vehicle vandalized twice.
The owner of a 2016 Ford Fusion in the 14500 block of Northline discovered a shatter rear car window at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 7, and multiple marks on the passenger side door that officers thought were consistent with BB gun pellets. Five days later, at 9:15 a.m. Feb. 12, the man found the front and rear driver’s side windows shattered, and more BB dents on the car body. The vehicle owner said he could not think of anyone who would want to damage his vehicle.
The owner of a 2011 Chrysler 200 reported a crack in the driver’s side window consistent with BB pellet damage at 3:40 p.m. Feb. 10 in the 12600 block of Longtin. She said the same window was cracked on Jan. 2 but not reported. She said each window cost $200 to repair.
The owner of a 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 said he discovered his vehicle’s front passenger side window broken at 6:47 a.m. Feb. 14 in the 13400 block of Parkside Drive. Nothing was missing from the vehicle, and there were no nearby surveillance cameras.
Nothing missing following illegal house entry
A resident in the 13600 block of Sycamore called police at 7:50 p.m. Feb. 9 after being gone less than two hours and finding the side door of her residence open. Officers found no sign of forced entry. The woman said her father had the only other key, but had not been to the house recently.
After officers went through the house, the resident went through it with them, and said nothing was missing or out of place. There were no suspects.
Drunken driver nearly hits police car
A 46-year-old Wyandotte woman who tried to pass a police car on the right while speeding on northbound Fort Street, south of Sibley, at 9 p.m. Feb. 7 ended up losing her license and car for operating while intoxicated.
The arresting officer said he saw the woman in his rear view mirror as she approach his patrol car rapidly from behind in the left lane. She then passed him on the right, and barely missed hitting the patrol car when she cut back into the left lane, also driving onto the left shoulder. She barely managed to stop at a red light at Sibley, after which the officer initiated a traffic stop.
The woman smelled strongly of intoxicants, and had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and poor manual dexterity when she tried to remove her driver’s license from her wallet. She told the officer that she had consumed “a miniature vodka shot.”
The woman failed field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood alcohol content of 0.227, nearly three times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. She was cited for operating while intoxicated and without insurance.
Drunken driver mistakes Trenton for Greektown
A woman who left a bar in Novi, and tried to drive to Eight Mile and Gratiot, ended up in front of the Trenton Police Station, 2872 W. Jefferson, at 1:48 a.m. Feb. 14, told the officer who walked up to her car, which was stopped on the shoulder of the road, that she thought she was in Greektown.
The officer noticed her eyes were red and watery, and her speech was slurred. She had difficulty trying to locate her driver’s license and registration.
She exited the vehicle, and was unsteady on her feet. She failed field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the woman had a blood alcohol content of 0.281, three-and-a-half times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.
She was cited for operating while intoxicated, booked and held. Her vehicle was impounded. She was also found to have two felony warrants for fraud out of the 36th District Court in Detroit.
McKinley School vandalized
An officer on routine patrol at 3:30 a.m. Feb. 12 checked the former McKinley School, 640 Plum St., and noticed a damaged board and broken window glass at the northwest end of the building, near the courtyard. The officer noticed a chair placed near the window, and a nearby door propped open with a rock.
Two other officers arrived and went through the building, where they discovered fresh graffiti in some of the rooms. The officer notified the Department of Public Works to secure the building.
The former school, an historical building, is scheduled to be renovated into market rate senior apartments.
The unkindest cut
Three tires on a man’s vehicle were slashed last week on his birthday when he was at his girlfriend’s home. Officers were called to the 200 block of Stoll at 9:31 p.m. Feb. 10, where the victim said they heard the alarm go off on his 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer, and found the two passenger side tires and the front driver’s side tire had 4- to 5-inch slits in the sidewalls of the tires. They said they did not hear any vehicles or noises prior to the vehicle alarm going off. The couple said they had no suspects. Police checked the area, but did not find anyone walking around nearby.
(Compiled by Zeinab Najm, Tereasa Nims and Sue Suchyta.)