Police report: Deployment of stop sticks, video of a girl fight, false alarm on a high-risk traffic stop
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
After a rush-hour crash on Aug. 18 near the intersection of Radio Drive and Hudson Road, a Woodbury man was cited for inattentive driving after his vehicle rear ended another vehicle. A woman and another man, occupants of the other vehicle and both residents of Woodbury as well, were transported to Woodwinds Hospital with minor injuries to their shoulders. They were reportedly unable to get out of their vehicle. One of the vehicles was smoking. The driver who did the rear ending told police the brake lights on the vehicle he hit weren’t on until the last minute, but police checked the vehicle’s brake lights and found them operable.
Woodbury Public Safety assisted the Minnesota State Patrol with an accident on Aug. 19 near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Inwood Avenue in Woodbury. The state investigated the crash, and local emergency medical technicians (EMTs) transported four people to Woodwinds.
At 4:52 a.m. Aug. 20, a 21-year-old Woodbury woman was transported to Woodwinds with injuries and a 0.225 blood-alcohol content after she was assaulted by a 22-year-old Woodbury woman who had been drinking at her house. Police had responded to the 2400 block of Shadow Creek Trail for an open 911 line with lots of yelling and swearing heard. The women punched each other, pulled hair, and rolled on the garage floor. One of them suffered a large swollen lump on her head from hitting the floor and a bloody nose, while the other sported a scrape on her forehead and lost some hair. The boyfriend of the resident, who was drinking with the women, shot video with his phone and shared it with police.
Police responded Aug. 20 to a report of a possible drug deal witnessed at the Ojibway Park skate park. Someone handed something to another, and the witness reported the suspicious transaction. Police patrolled the area but didn’t find the suspect until later in the day. The suspect in the drug deal was also the suspect in a theft of about $270 from a YMCA locker. Police talked to him and recovered $160, but he denied the activity at the park was drug related.
On Aug. 20, three juveniles were trespassed from Wayback Burgers after repeated complaints about the smoking of marijuana behind the restaurant. One of the three is a Subway employee.
At 11:11 p.m. Aug. 21, Woodbury police found a man and and a woman sleeping in a black 1995 Chevy pickup truck in the 6500 block of Scheel Drive and enforced the city ordinance against after-hours visits to parks. A verbal warning was issued.
On Aug. 22, police responded for first-degree burglary at the secured shared garage of a residence in the 7200 block of Guider Drive. Sometime overnight, a golf bag and clubs worth $2,000 and Maui Jim sunglasses valued at $350, and a Cajun seafood pot and banjo burner worth $1 disappeared from an unlocked vehicle. A $200 Sedona bike was stolen the same parking spot as the car. Woodbury Public Safety asked for Barrington Apartments to provide surveillance videos.
On Aug. 22, under an Interstate 94 bridge in Woodbury, a motorcyclist was injured in an accident. Minnesota State Patrol secured the motorcycle with assistance from Woodbury police. The motorcyclist was transported to Woodwinds Hospital.
At the same time and day, a witness told police that on Aug. 22 a red Ford Ranger rear ended other vehicles at highway speed during stop-and-go traffic on Interstate 94. Police responded to the personal injury crash, which five vehicles and among their passengers a pregnant woman. A 14-year-old South St. Paul girl was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The drivers of two of the vehicles each complained of neck pain. An Olympia, Wash., man was cited for failure to drive with due care. He also complained of neck pain.
On Aug. 22 along Shannon Drive. Kids were allegedly smoking out of a bong. Officers checked the area and the vehicle was gone.
An intoxicated woman whose boyfriend wouldn’t let her drive home became upset, ripped the man’s shirt and flipped over and broke a glass table. The 47-year-old boyfriend dropped off his 45-year-old girlfriend at her home. Police responded at 2:23 a.m. Aug. 22.
At 11:17 a.m., Woodbury police pulled over a black Lincoln sedan driven by a black woman, age 41, from Forest Lake. A 911 caller told the Minnesota State Patrol she was suicidal, had a gun and would be traveling eastbound on Interstate 94. A high-risk traffic stop was initiated just east of Manning Avenue, and the woman was compliant, handcuffed and detained while police searched her vehicle. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.05. No gun was found. No charges were filed. No crime occurred. The woman was released. She told police that the caller has a history of causing trouble in her life and that’s why she was en route to move back home to Indiana.
- Minnesota State Patrol arrested a vehicle’s occupants at gunpoint at 10:23 p.m. Aug. 24, near the intersection of Interstate 494 and Tamarack Road. The state trooper tried to stop a vehicle with stolen plates on it. A chase ensued. The vehicle was all over the road, its driver likely intoxicated. Assisting the state trooper, a Woodbury police officer waiting under the bridge, concealed by concrete barriers, deployed stop sticks as the vehicle approached. The suspects’ vehicle stopped 3 feet short of the stop sticks.