North blotter: Drunken man walks down road waving arms, shouting, then ‘waters’ tree



A man was seen waving his arms in the air and shouting unintelligibly while walking in the 6200 block of West Indiantown Road. He was later seen urinating on a tree outside a salon in the same area. When confronted by police he became uncooperative and continued causing a disturbance. He was arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication. He smelled strongly of alcohol and told officers that he had been drinking. Two small bottles of “99 Bananas” liquor were found in his front pocket. He was taken to the county jail.

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A woman attempted to steal over $60 worth of cosmetics and over-the-counter medications from a store in the 2100 block of West Indiantown Road. The woman first placed the items in a cart and later transferred them to her purse. She then proceeded to the self-checkout lane where she placed her purse in a shopping bag and attempted to walk out. The store’s security, aware of her nefarious activities, stopped her and began escorting her to the asset protection office to await police. Just before entering the office the woman broke free and ran out of the store. Police searched the area with negative results. A later review of surveillance video showed the woman returning and getting into a car driven by a man.

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Two men and a woman had dinner at a restaurant in the 2100 block of U.S. 1. Upon completing their meal, the waitress placed the check on their table and went to check on other customers. The threesome then left without paying. The waitress saw them enter a white, four-door car before driving north on U.S. 1. The bill was over $130.

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Embroiled in an argument while inside a parked car near the intersection of Douglas and Northview Drive, a couple was seen slapping each other before driving away. When confronted by police, the man said he had come home from work late and his girlfriend was angry with him. He said that during the course of a verbal argument he called her a “prostitute.” Unhappy with that particular name, she slapped him causing multiple scratches. While talking with the girlfriend, she confirmed the man’s story and was arrested on a battery charge.

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A man who had been fired from his job at an inn in the 4400 block of PGA Boulevard refused to leave the premises. Police were called and the man was arrested and issued a trespass warning for 18 months. The next day the man returned to the inn. Again, the police were called. When they arrived and made contact with the man he said he knew why they were there. He said he wanted to talk to his former boss. He was arrested on a trespass after warning charge and issued a notice to appear.


An officer, assisting a stranded motorist and sitting inside a marked car, was nearly hit by another vehicle near the intersection of Lilac Street and North Military Trail. After making contact with the driver, the officer asked if he realized that he almost hit a police car. The man’s reply was, “I didn’t realize it was you.” While talking to him the officer noticed he had slurred speech and glassy eyes and repeatedly attempted to put the car into park even though it was already in park. When asked to step out of the car, the man just stared at the officer. The order was repeated several more times with the same result. When he claimed his rights were being violated, the officer informed him that the entire incident was being recorded. He then said, “I’m getting pissed off.” When asked where he was heading he said, “My wife right there.” He was then asked where his wife was and he said “PGA and Palm Beach Gardens.” Asked to take a moment and answer again he said, “Military Trail and whatever is over there.” Though he agreed to take part in a roadside sobriety test, he could not follow instructions and continually talked over the officer. He was arrested on a DUI charge.


A woman was pulled over for having a suspended license near the intersection of PGA and Minsk Gardens Boulevard. Upon making contact with her, the officer immediately noticed the woman was visibly shaking and appeared nervous. The officer also noticed that car smelled of marijuana. The woman told the officer she struggled with addiction. A search of the vehicle revealed several gelatin capsules and bottle cap lids with white powdery residue and seven syringes. She was arrested and charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.



After her credit card was denied, a woman left a restaurant in the 400 block of U.S. 1 without paying her bill. Seeing her leave, employees managed to get her license plate number as she drove away. Using that information, police were able to track the woman down. When confronted, she was shocked and agreed to drive back to the eatery and pay her bill. Police followed her and she settled the debt. The manager was satisfied with having the bill paid and did not wish to press charges.



A deputy went to the 2300 block of Southwest Estella Terrace in Palm City to investigate a domestic dispute. A woman at the scene told him her boyfriend had attacked her. The woman had fresh bruises and blood on her face and a laceration on her arm. She said she had been asleep when her boyfriend began screaming at her. When she tried to get away from him, he followed and she kicked him in the crotch. He became more irate, grabbed her, put her in a choke hold and smashed her in the face, she said. He then threatened to kill her, chop up her body and bury her in the backyard. He refused to let her leave the house, but when he fell asleep, she escaped to a neighbor’s house to get help. The deputy spoke to the boyfriend, who denied a romantic relationship with the woman. He said he was hung over, threw up on the floor, and the woman slipped in the vomit and fell. That was how she got her numerous injuries, he told the deputy. A search of the boyfriend turned up drug paraphernalia in his pocket, and more drug-related items, including a bong, were discovered. The boyfriend said he and the woman both smoke pot. The woman admitted smoking pot, but she said her boyfriend sells weed to make extra money. The boyfriend was arrested and taken to the county jail.


A man was asked to leave the area after he urinated in front of a store in the 5800 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Stuart. A deputy located the man in a parking lot in the 6100 block of Southeast Federal Highway, where a crowd was watching as he yelled racial slurs. Upon spying the deputy, the man asked if he wanted to smoke a joint with him. He said he had pot in his backpack. The deputy searched the backpack and found a glass pipe with residue. The man was arrested and taken to the county jail.

A motorist smoking pot was given a notice to appear in court after a deputy stopped her in the 5800 block of Southeast Federal Highway in Stuart. The woman handed over the blunt, telling the deputy she was “getting right” on her way to work. A search of the vehicle did not turn up any more contraband.



A deputy stopped a motorist in the 900 block of West Midway Road in Fort Pierce after seeing him make an illegal U-turn. While checking the motorist’s license, the deputy detected the smell of pot. The motorist and his passenger denied having pot in the vehicle, saying they had smoked some hours earlier at a friend’s house. However, a search of the vehicle turned up a bag of pot in the center console and in a book bag. Under the floor mat on the driver’s side, the deputy found a gun. The driver said he was unaware that the weapon was under the floor mat and did not know where it came from. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.


After stopping a bicyclist riding without lights in the North 25th Street in Fort Pierce at 2:29 a.m., a deputy checked him for weapons and found a cylindrical tube in the 44-year-old’s pocket. When the deputy asked to see the object, the man took out a glass crack pipe, showed it to the deputy, then threw it across the street where it shattered. He was arrested on charges of tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.



Police were dispatched to the intersection of Southwest Savage and Southwest Tanforan boulevards to investigate a suspicious vehicle backed into a wooded area. Officers approached the vehicle and saw three males inside. They detected the odor of pot emanating from the vehicle when one of the passengers opened a door. The passenger handed over a bag of pot. The other two occupants were frisked by police, then the vehicle was searched. Items found included three packages of rolling papers and a scale with remnants of weed. The passenger who handed over the pot was given a notice to appear in court. He and his companions were given trespass warnings from all the city parks for a one-year period.


While enjoying drinks at an establishment in the 300 block of Southeast Port St. Lucie Boulevard, a man got up to use the restroom. He left his cellphone on the bar. When he returned, the phone was gone. He tracked his phone to the area of Southwest Schleicher Lane and Southwest Nativity Terrace. He asked police to go to the area and knock on doors to help find his phone. An officer told him that would not be happening at 2 a.m. The man took matters into his own hands and found his phone in the 1600 block of Southwest Schleicher Lane, after a woman answered the door and was holding the missing phone. When told the phone was his, the woman handed it over and apologized, saying she thought it was her phone. The man called police to report that his phone had been found.



An intoxicated 57-year-old man struck an employee with a bottle at a business in the 400 block of North U.S. 1. He also hit, or attempted to hit, customers. When the man was taken into custody, he was waving a broom and rags as he walked along the highway. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.

Compiled by Eddie Ritz and Sy O’Neill from area law enforcement records.

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