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Police report: A creeper-style conversion van, a woman planning to corner her ex-boyfriend, and a high-speed chase given up by police

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

  • After neighbors smelled drugs and called police at 4:14 p.m. Oct. 13, a Woodland Pointe Apartment Homes resident had admitted and apologized for smoking marijuana in his apartment earlier in the day. Police advised him that further complaints of smoking marijuana would result in charges. 
  • A 34-year-old intoxicated driver was involved in multiple hit-and-run accidents on Interstate 94. Police responded at 6:27 p.m. to a rollover and vehicle fire between McKnight Road and Century Avenue. The man was arrested after crashing his vehicle in a ditch. Minnesota State Patrol wrote a state accident report, and the suspect was jailed on suspicion of third-degree DWI.
  • A juvenile spoke to the owner of a vehicle with which someone had tampered and the vehicle owner got a “funny feeling,” according to the initial complaint report, that the boy was the one who’d entered her car. At 8:05 p.m. Oct. 13, she called police to her home in the 2300 block of Cascade Plaza. Nothing was missing from the vehicle, which had been parked unlocked in the driveway.
  • Police recovered a stolen vehicle at 5:02 p.m. Oct. 14, after a resident along Kenilworth Drive reported it was parked in front of mailboxes for two weeks. The undamaged truck was released to the owner, a Woodbury resident who suffered a loss of about $375 in tools. 
  • A resident reported a break-in in the 2500 block of Alpine Drive. A juvenile had returned home at 8:51 p.m. Oct. 14 to find his rear patio sliding door unlocked, front door locked, shades pulled 3 inches below the window sill, a screen partially ripped, and a shovel between a walking path and trees in his backyard. The shovel, which didn’t belong to the boy, was entered into evidence. Police cleared the juvenile’s home. Nothing was missing or out of place, and the neighbors hadn’t heard or seen anything suspicious. Trespass notices were issued and kept on file with Woodbury Public Safety.
  • A West St. Paul man sped away from a traffic stop at the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Radio Drive at 10:51 p.m. Oct. 14, led police on a pursuit on Interstate 494, and then got away on Interstate 94. The silver vehicle, with black rims and tinted windows, fled at a high rate of speed. According to the initial complaint report, the “vehicle shut off lights and darked out on 494.” Upon exiting for Interstate 94, the officer lost sight of the vehicle and terminated the pursuit.
  • Woodbury Public Safety responded to Dean Foods at 1:56 p.m. Oct. 15 to assist a 50-year-old man who was choking and had stopped breathing. An ambulance transported him to Woodwinds Health Campus.
  • A 29-year-old Inver Grove Heights man escaped a rollover accident without injury and citation. At 4:31 p.m. Oct. 16, his brakes locked up in the 7600 block of Military Road, causing the vehicle to crash in the ditch. The vehicle was towed, and a state accident report completed.
  • At 4:32 p.m. Oct. 16, at Woodbury 10 Theatre’s Metro Transit parking lot, the front license plate on a vehicle from Lake Elmo was reported stolen. All of the screws were removed, and new plates were obtained from dispatch.
  • Drug activity was reported at 7:22 p.m. Oct. 16 in the area of Aspenwood Plaza. It was reported that a man sells marijuana out of his vehicle in the area.
  • At 2:25 p.m. Oct. 17, firefighters extinguished a 3-foot-by-3-foot unattended fire on a hilltop near townhouses in the 1300 block of Palisade Path. No one was around, and it was not apparent who might’ve started the fire.
  • Police convinced residents in the 6500 block of Chamberlain Road to shut down the large, loud gathering of juveniles at 8:58 p.m. Oct. 17. No evidence of underage drinking was found, but it was the second noisy gathering in two nights. 
  • At 12:40 p.m. Oct. 19, police issued a trespass notice to a student’s ex-girlfriend who had told her ex-boyfriend’s friend that she was going to come to Woodbury High School and “corner him so he can’t run away,” after their relationship ended badly. The boy hadn’t spoken to the woman in months, but upon hearing the comment he was concerned for his safety and a parent suggested he talk to police. The ex-girlfriend and her family own numerous guns, along with other weapons and a tank, so the comment was perceived as a possible threat. When police approached the woman, she immediately laughed and said the comment to a friend was in no way meant to be threatening, but she understood the situation, signed the notice and was advised to have no communication with the boy.
  • A Cottage Grove girl was injured and transported to the hospital after a two-car accident at 4:02 p.m. Oct. 19 in the East Ridge High School parking lot. Both cars were facing the same direction, parked adjacent to each other. The 15-year-old girl was climbing into the rear passenger seat of an Acura, when a 16-year-old boy accidentally put his Lexus in reverse, backing the other vehicle’s front end. In the impact, the car door swung into the girl’s left knee, causing bruising and slight swelling. Her father picked her up, and he told police they did not plan to seek medical attention. The Lexus suffered minor damage, and the Acura was moderately damaged. A state accident report was completed.
  • A Woodbury woman contacted police at 4:35 p.m. Oct. 19 to get new license plates. She had received a letter from Grand Forks, N.D., police stating that the male driver of a vehicle bearing her plates had on Oct. 12 pumped $36.95 of gas at Valley Dairy in Grand Forks. She had never been in Grand Forks. The plates, which were not missing from the Woodbury woman’s vehicle, were listed as stolen. She got new plates.
  • At 10:41 p.m. Oct. 19, a 22-year-old Prior Lake woman called police from the Holiday Stationstores along Eagle Creek Lane in Woodbury to file a kidnapping and stolen vehicle report. While walking around Anoka, she was grabbed and pulled into what she described as a white “creeper”-style conversion van. She asked the driver for a ride to Itasca to get her clothes, but instead they drove around for an hour before she said: “This is kidnapping … let me out.” She is not sure where she was dropped off, but a Woodbury citizen found her near the intersection of Dancing Waters Parkway and Valley Creek Road. The woman told police her car was stolen in Anoka, but the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office told her she should’ve been more responsible and did not take a report. Her story lacked specifics. She said she needed a ride to Anoka or Prior Lake. Woodbury police offered her a phone and gave her a ride to Denny’s, where she acquired a few Xanax before wandering into the nearby LivInn Hotel in Maplewood. She was extremely impaired and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
  • A water pipe burst, causing flooding in the first-floor men’s bathroom at New Life Academy. Woodbury Public Works responded at 6:57 a.m. Oct. 20. 
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