Police report: Heroic battle with fire, a report of 15 people fighting, juvenile suspected of first-degree burglary
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
- An Oak Park Heights woman suffered a bloody nose and felt tooth pain after an accident at 12:44 p.m. Nov. 25 at the intersection of Woodbury Drive and Hudson Road. A Woodbury man, who reportedly had been traveling at a high rate of speed, was cited for inattentive driving after his foot slipped off the brake pedal and he rear ended the woman’s vehicle. The woman, whose mouth hit the steering column, declined medical attention.
- At 9:12 p.m. Nov. 25, police responded for a report of a fight in progress along Parkwood Drive. Five of the 15 people involved left prior to officers’ arrival, and several of the remaining people stated there was no fight, just some shouting.
- Woodbury Public Safety received a request Nov. 26 for extra patrol in the 1000 block of Pelto Path. A resident told police his wife got a phone call from a number out of Jamaica asking if his family was at home or at work. The complainant found the call suspicious, since he was to be out of town for two more days. Police provided a public assist.
- Woodbury police assisted the Minnesota State Patrol with a four-vehicle accident at 4:46 p.m. Nov. 26 near the intersection of Century Avenue and Interstate 94. With the accident blocking traffic, officers provided traffic control.
- Minnesota State Patrol handled a rollover accident at 7:14 p.m. Nov. 26 near the intersection of Tamarack Road and Interstate 494. A patient was transported to Woodwinds Health Campus.
- At 1:09 a.m. Nov. 27, officers confiscated and destroyed marijuana owned by two McFarland, Wis., residents staying at Holiday Inn Express. The room occupants answered the door, a strong smell of marijuana was detected, and they admitted to smoking the drugs. The hotel didn’t want its guests trespassed nor evicted.
- A semi-trailer was on fire at 5:44 a.m. Nov. 27, near the intersection of Tamarack Road and Interstate 494. Minnesota State Patrol blocked traffic while Woodbury police and firefighters — including officer/firefighter Ryan Schroeder who “heroically battled and extinguished the fire,” according to the initial complaint report.
- A Maplewood man was arrested after allegedly drinking and driving, causing an accident and then fleeing the scene on foot. At 10:40 a.m. Nov. 27, near the intersection of Lake Road and Carver Park Drive, an officer observed the man lose control of his vehicle and strike the vehicle of a Woodbury woman, who injured her leg in the accident. The officer pursued the man and took him into custody. Vehicles were towed from the scene.
- At 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28, police assisted with a disturbance at a group home in the 7600 block of Carillon Plaza. The rest of the group home members left her home when they went to Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. While the woman originally said staff attacked her, the situation was under control upon officers’ arrival.
- A juvenile is suspected of first-degree burglary and tampering with a motor vehicle after an incident in the 7800 block of Rimbley Road. At 7:16 p.m. Nov. 29, someone entered an open garage and the unlocked vehicle inside. The victim went inside to use the bathroom when his dogs began barking at the garage service door. The victim saw a lone man dressed in dark clothing calmly walk down the driveway, to the road, behind the townhomes across the street. Nothing was missing from the vehicle, and no damage was done. According to the initial complaint report: “This fits the M.O. of the (juvenile) and is within walking distance to his house. I searched the area but did not find anyone. I spent a good amount of time near (the juvenile’s) house. The house was dark and there was no movement near the house.”
- At 4:13 p.m. Nov. 29, smoke was reportedly coming from a vehicle at the intersection of Weir Drive and Tamarack Road. There was no fire, only a strong rubber smell, upon Woodbury Public Safety arrival.
- At 6:43 a.m. Nov. 30, on an extremely icy road near the intersection of Lydia Lane and Bailey Road, a Woodbury 17-year-old in a 2005 Lexus rear ended a 2012 Chevy that was waiting to turn. The driver of the Chevy, a 25-year-old from Minneapolis, reported a possible injury, was evaluated by emergency medical services but not transported, then said, “I hail taxi,” according to the initial complaint report.
- A 19-year-old Woodbury man was cited for failure to drive with due care after police responded to an accident at 7:54 p.m. Nov. 30, near the intersection of Eastview Road and St. Johns Drive. On a snowy road, his 2012 Buick hit a 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, causing heavy damage. The Santa Fe was driven by a 59-year-old Woodbury man who reported left shoulder pain and a bump on the head but also denied on-scene medical evaluation. His passengers were a 58-year-old woman and a 2-year-old boy.