Police Blotter for October 15



Drunken driver runs red lights

A 64-year-old Lincoln Park man was arrested at 2:09 a.m. Oct. 4 for operating while impaired after an officer saw him speeding, swerving between lanes and run two red lights.

The officer, while stopped at a light, saw the man approach from behind him at a high rate of speed, then turn left onto Roosevelt from eastbound Ecorse Road without stopping for the blinking red light, squealing his tires from the sharp, high speed turn. The officer began to follow him, and saw the man failing to maintain lane control, then turning right onto Southfield Road at Roosevelt on a red light without stopping, where a “no turn on red” is posted.

Following a traffic stop, the man said he had consumed “a few beers.” He failed numerous field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood alcohol content of 0.15, nearly two times the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan. He was taken in custody, booked, and taken to the Dearborn police station to be housed.

Never borrow a stolen car

A 17-year-old Detroit woman who was driving 82 mph in a 55 mph zone on the southbound Southfield Freeway near Oakwood at 1:58 a.m. Oct. 9 ended up in jail after an officer conducting a traffic stop confirmed that the rental vehicle was reported as stolen. The woman, who had a graduated level 1 driver’s license, said she did not know that the vehicle, which she said she borrowed from a friend, had been reported as stolen by the original renter when the initial borrower failed to return it.


20 cases of sport drinks stolen from vehicle

Police were called to a house in the 4800 block of Walwit Sept. 25 after the homeowner noticed 20 cases of Powerwade missing from his Chevrolet.

The man said that when he went to sleep at 1 a.m. after watching television in his garage, the vehicle was parked on the driveway. At 8:30 a.m. the man returned outside where he saw a window of vehicle was broken. The man said he had the Powerade, valued at $240, in his vehicle because he restocks vending machines.

There is no suspect information.

Stolen vehicle found on Williamson

A resident called police to the 5400 block of Williamson Sept. 27 after she observed a vehicle with its engine running.

The unattended vehicle was parked at the intersection of Ruby and Williamson for several hours and seemed suspicious to the residents. When officers did a license plate check it was revealed the vehicle was stolen from Detroit near Wayne State University. The lock on the driver’s side door was damaged and the vehicle’s ignition was removed.

Police impounded the vehicle and used as evidence.


Man caught rummaging through vehicle

Police responded to a house in the 6000 block of Amboy Sept. 27 after the resident caught a man rummaging through his vehicle.

The resident said he saw a white man in his early 20s looking around the inside of his Ford Escape at 6 a.m. After the resident went outside on the front porch, the man ran south on Amboy.

The resident said that when he parked his vehicle, he left it unlocked. No items were taken from the vehicle.


Pork rinds stolen from truck

Two bags of pork rinds and a phone charger were stolen from a Frito Lay delivery truck and the ignition damaged between 3:30 and 5:05 a.m. Oct. 4 from the parking lot of Kroger, 2060 Dix. Surveillance video was unavailable at the time of the report because loss prevention personnel were not on duty.

Photographer’s car burglarized

A photographer who left his camera and lighting equipment in his car overnight discovered at 11:22 a.m. Oct. 8 that the left rear window was shattered and a professional camera, valued at $750, was stolen, along with two camera lights, valued at $200, and $200 worth of ski clothing. The vehicle was parked at an apartment building in the 1400 block of Electric. The victim said his apartment building did not have surveillance video.


Purse snatcher gets a break

A man who decided to steal an employee’s purse instead of completing a job application at Hops and Barley Bar and Grill, 18561 Allen Road, caught a break shortly after midnight Oct. 11 when his victim found her abandoned purse in the nearby library parking lot with its contents intact and declined to press charges.

The 32-year-old Melvindale man went in the bar with his brother to fill out a job application when he allegedly took an employee’s purse and ran off with it. The victim followed him. Another employee flagged down a passing patrol car. The officer saw people running through a backyard in the 18600 block of Ruth Street, and began questioning witnesses.

The man’s brother admitted to police that his brother lived downstairs in his house. Officers then entered the house, found the man, handcuffed him and detained him.

After the victim was reunited with her purse and contents, she declined to file a complaint, and the man was released and told he was no longer allowed in Hops and Barley.

Passenger in speeding car ticketed for lying to officer

When a driver was pulled over for speeding on eastbound Greenfield at 3:11 a.m. Oct. 8, one of his passengers, a 21-year-old Wyandotte man, was subsequently ticketed for providing false information to a police officer.

When the traffic stop occurred, a male passenger said he did not have identification with him, and haltingly provided a name and birth date. When the officer warned him that providing false information was illegal, he gave his legal name and said he didn’t want to admit it before because he had outstanding warrants, which the officer confirmed. The most serious warrant was verified with the issuing city, who declined to have him held for pickup. The driver and the man were cited and released.


Car tire slashed

A woman reported a slashed car tire at 5:04 p.m. Sept. 22 in the 14000 block of Williamsburg Drive, where her car had been parked in the driveway. The sidewall of the front left tire of the 2002 Pontiac Bonneville had a 3-inch laceration, likely from a knife blade. The victim mentioned a neighbor with whom she has had problems, but said she had no evidence linking him to the tire slashing. They were advised to install surveillance cameras to deter or capture future incidents.

Early morning gunshots heard

A resident in the 13000 block of Village Lane reported that between 3 and 4 a.m. Sept. 17 a driver in an orange Chevrolet HHR at the corner of Village Lane and Williamsburg fired four rounds from a gun in an unknown direction then drove off toward Fort Street. The man said he did not recognize the vehicle as belonging to any of his neighbors. He retrieved the shell casings and gave them to the police. Dispatch had received another call about the same time as the reported shots from a resident on Cranbrook reporting gunshots.


Miranda mountain bike stolen

A resident in the 13000 block of Superior reported at 11:40 p.m. Sept. 29 his wife’s purple Miranda mountain bike, which was not secured, was stolen from their backyard after 9:30 a.m. that morning. They said no one had permission to borrow the bike.

Broken mirror bad luck?

A woman reported that the driver’s side mirror on her 2015 gray Honda Civic was broken about 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in the apartment parking lot at 13300 Village Park Drive. The vehicle owner said it looks as if someone walked into the mirror when carrying something, since there was no other damage to the vehicle. There were no witnesses or suspects.


Portable generator stolen

A Champion 3650 W RV ready portable generator, valued at $300 was stolen at 4:04 p.m. Oct. 4 from Tractor Supply Co., 3000 Van Horn Road by a man who pushed it out the front door in a shopping cart. Store employees saw the man run to a gray full size van, which drove west on Van Horn. Witnesses said the thief appeared to be a passenger, with another man driving. Store personnel said they would check surveillance video and provide police with any captured images.

Tire tracks across lawn lead to transgressor

A woman living on Lynn Court reported that on Sept. 30 when she was out of town, someone left front end loader tire tracks across her yard near the west property line and removed several sections of fence. Officers spoke to the neighbor on the adjacent property who is renovating the house. He admitted to going on the property without permission, and said the woman’s damaged property would be repaired when he completed his new fence and retaining wall. The woman said she did not want to press charges, but did want the incident documented in a police report.


Transmission trouble prompts man to drive backwards on Biddle

A 37-year-old River Rouge man was arrested for reckless driving at 1:55 p.m. Oct. 9 when he tried to drive in reverse on northbound Biddle Avenue.

Initially the driver backed out of the Rite Aid parking lot onto northbound Biddle, cutting off an officer in an unmarked police car, causing him to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision. As it traveled north, driving in reverse, the driver seemed to be having difficulty maintaining his lane position, and barely avoided hitting cars parked along the roadway.

The officer, whose car did not have emergency lights, called for back-up, which arrived near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Southfield Road, at which time a traffic stop was initiated.

The smell of marijuana wafted from inside the vehicle. The driver said he had a medical marijuana card, but could not produce it. He also was unable to produce any other identification, proof of insurance or vehicle registration. The passenger did produce a medical marijuana card and identification. He also said marijuana in a backpack was his.

The passenger was released at the scene, while the driver was taken into custody, booked and held, and the vehicle was impounded and towed.

Text messaging while driving leads to traffic stop, Tasering

A 49-year-old Wyandotte woman who was text messaging while driving at 9 p.m. Oct. 9 on westbound Eureka at 11th Street was taken into custody and jailed when she refused to cooperate with police.

Officers observed the woman texting on her phone when they were behind her, and they pulled along side her to verify before initiating a traffic stop at Eureka and 15th Street.

The woman refused to roll down her window, step out of the vehicle or produce her driver’s license. After repeated warnings, and officer went to the passenger window and broke the glass with his baton to unlock the car.

The woman still resisted exiting the car even after an officer grabbed her arm and tried to pull her out. To avoid causing an injury, the officer let go of her arm and electronically subdued the woman, who then exited the car and was handcuffed. During booking she refused to answer any questions from officers. She was cited for no driver’s license in her possession, no proof of insurance, resisting and obstructing officers and text messaging while driving.

(Compiled by Zeinab Najm and Sue Suchyta.)