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Police report: Picking a fight at East Ridge, blocking the road for track meets, and a sorry replacement for brakes in one's car

Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

* On May 19, police responded to a report of a white minivan blocking the entrance to the Green and Gold fields from Bailey Road. The owner of the unoccupied vehicle, a Shorewood resident, said a school official requested the roadblock for the past four East Ridge High School track-and-field meets. Because the van was parked in a fire lane, police asked the owner to move it.

* A witness called police after a hit-and-run left a Woodbury resident's BMW damaged on May 19 at the Dale Road Dog Park. An evergreen-colored pickup truck with a topper hit the parked car. The driver, also a Woodbury resident, said he was unaware of the accident, but insurance information was later provided.

* A juvenile was waiting at another student's truck in the East Ridge High School parking lot at 4:16 p.m. May 20, when the juvenile threw off the other student's backpack, swore at him, pushed him around, and grabbed his throat. The complainant asked that school consequences be levied against the juvenile, rather than criminal disorderly conduct charges.

* At 1:17 a.m. May 22, police pulled over a Penbroke, Ill., man for speeding. The subject provided a diplomat ID and U.S. passport. He denied having a driver's license, stating that he does not have a contract with the state. The subject was taken into custody for no Minnesota driver's license. Further checking revealed the man's valid license in Illinois, but he refused to disclose such. He had recently changed his name but denied it, further hindering and prolonging the process. The man was booked for obstruction of the legal process and held at the law enforcement center pending judicial review. 

* At 3:04 p.m. May 22, police responded to a malicious mischief complaint about two boys walking toward Woodbury High School with what was reportedly an airsoft gun. The complainant didn't see an orange tip on the weapon and expressed concern that people might think it's a real rifle. Officers spoke with the boys, who were located along Woodlane Drive, but were unable to locate a gun. 

* At 8:42 p.m. May 22, officers responded to an accident with injuries. A Mercury Grand Marquis pulled onto Cobble Hill Court and the brakes proved inoperable, according to the driver, a resident of the neighborhood. He put his foot out of the vehicle to try to stop it, and his foot was pinched between the vehicle frame and the curb as the vehicle continued forward. The car eventually stopped without causing damage to any structure or the vehicle. The driver transported himself to Woodwinds Health Campus.

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