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Police report: Stealing of license plates, repeated punching of a drunk, and a case of mistaken identity

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

  • On July 22, police checked the welfare of a slumper in the doorway of his hotel room at the Red Roof Inn. The Clarence, Iowa, man got locked out before passing out, but he told police his roommate was having a better time than he, accoring to Woodbury Public Safety’s initial complaint report. The man’s blood-alcohol content registered at 0.25 in his preliminary breath test. He was with a large group doing cement work, and he was left at the hotel in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive, in the care of those who knew him.

  • A 15-year-old bicyclist from Woodbury was hit by a U-Haul van on July 22 at the intersection of Lake Road and Pioneer Drive. The boy sustained minor injuries -- road rash and soreness. A Coon Rapids man, driving the van, was located at Middleton Elementary School, and he denied seeing the bicyclist or being involved in an accident. There was visible damage to the van, though, including a dent and fresh handlebar material transfer, police said. A citation was issued for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

  • On July 22, a baby was reportedly left in a gold Chevy at Sam’s Club Liquor, in the 9900 block of Hudson Road. When police responded to check the baby’s welfare, they found a plastic doll in the car. No other police assistance was deemed necessary.

  • A Woodbury man gave his rifle to a business, under the belief that the business would sell it for him. Hoffy’s Shooting Supplies is no longer in business in the 1500 block of Woodlane Drive. The man alleged that the business never paid him for his gun. On July 23, civil remedies were discussed with the complainant, who told police “the guns may have been taken by the ATF,” the complaint said.

  • Two women got into a verbal and physical altercation at 10:41 p.m. July 23 in a parking lot in the 6000 block of Hudson Road. No injuries were reported, and a group of people left the area without further incident.

  • Police responded at 10:52 p.m. July 23 to the 6700 block of Ashwood Road to discuss a case of mistaken identity. Woodbury police had been routinely pulling over the same vehicle. A women with a drug warrant had used the vehicle owner’s name and date of birth in the past so when officers run her license plate, a warrant hit was appearing. The officer took the vehicle owner’s picture and emailed it to officers, explaining the false warrant hit situation, and then suggested she contact Hennepin County regarding the information in the warrant.

  • On July 24, Woodbury Public Safety responded to an accident with injuries near the intersection of interstates 94, 494, and 694. Two drivers were evaluated, with one of them experiencing burning in the legs. The Minnesota State Patrol handled the crash report.

  • On July 24, a resident in the 8600 block of Savannah Oaks Bay reported her license plates were stolen off her Nissan Rogue crossover.

  • Deployment of an airbag caused a minor arm injury during an accident at 3 p.m. July 26 near the intersection of Inwood Avenue, Radio Drive and Interstate 94. Woodbury and Bayport firefighters responded to assist.

  • At 4:25 p.m. July 26, Woodbury Public Safety assessed injuries after a single-vehicle rollover near the intersection of Keats Avenue, Woodbury Drive, and Interstate 94. The Minnesota State Patrol handled the crash, caused by a blown tire.

  • Police and medics responded at 11:04 p.m. July 26 to a business in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive for a report of a victim bleeding from several places on his face and elbows. The victim, who was obviously intoxicated, stumbled back from Cowboy Jack’s to the Red Roof Inn, where he argued with a suspect staying in a nearby room, before the victim threw the first punch and the suspect responded by hitting the victim several times in the face. Blood was spattered on the sidewalk outside of the victim’s room. The suspect, who was not identified, left in a car that was not familiar to the suspect. No charges are pending, according to the complaint.

  • The driver of a maroon 1998 Buick Park Avenue was pulled over and detained after a random routine check showed her license plates as stolen. They belonged to a maroon 2000 Park Avenue stolen in Edina. Police conducted a high-risk traffic stop, recovering the plates at 5:29 a.m. July 27 near the intersection of Lake Road and Interstate 494. Since the plates needed to be seized and destroyed, police provided the driver with a business card and a case number. Suspecting that her plates are on the stolen car, Woodbury Public Safety contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to flag the plates via a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) form. Police advised the driver to contact the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services for new license plates.

  • At 6:48 a.m. July 27, officers responded to Snap Fitness, where a woman had been walking in circles and talking to herself for 30 minutes outside the storefront. Police used the back entrance at the business and found the woman, from Maplewood, down a hallway. She was released to her mother, who hadn’t heard from her in four days.

  • Police cited a Newport woman July 27 for failure to drive with due care in the 1800 block of Woodwinds Drive.

  • At 9:36 p.m. July 27, police responded to the 6800 block of Ashwood Road for a fight between a girl and a woman who were having a bad night. One of them was so angry that she invited the other to fight in the parking lot. Officers issued both parties warnings for disorderly conduct.

  • A slide at Red Rock Elementary School playground was damaged. At 6:42 a.m. July 28, after police became aware of the condition, caution tape was strung over the slide to deter anyone from using it. The school is located in the 3300 block of Commonwealth Ave.