- Sy O'Neill
- Eddie Ritz Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE
Motorists attempting to satisfy their late-night hunger for Mexican treats at a restaurant drive-through in the 3800 block of Northlake Boulevard were being unfairly slowed by a driver passed out in his vehicle. Concerned that he did not wake up to horn honking and fearing he could be overdosing, another driver called police. When officers arrived the man woke up and claimed he was just tired from a long day of work. Asked to take part in a roadside sobriety test the man agreed. He did not do well and was arrested on a DUI charge. An inventory of his vehicle revealed a glass tube filled with marijuana.
Driving in the vicinity of Northlake Boulevard and Keating Drive, a motorist failed to yield at two stop signs and later at a steady red light. He was pulled over. The officer made contact with the driver who claimed he was heading to his residence in Wellington. Despite the driver’s destination declaration, he was heading north and the village of Wellington is south of the area. While speaking with the directionally-challenged motorist, the officer detected the smell of marijuana. When confronted, the driver admitted possessing the illegal substance and provided the officer with the location of it within the vehicle. The man was arrested and released with a notice to appear in court.
After filling up a shopping cart with various meat products, beer and bags of candy at a store in the 9900 block of Alternate A1A, a man pushed it out without paying. He then loaded the items into his car and drove away. The store’s manager was able to give police a detailed description of the thief and his vehicle. He was spotted driving a short distance away and stopped. As the man exited the car he raised his hands and said “I did it, I did it.” The merchandise, which was worth over $500, was recovered and the perpetrator was arrested. He was taken to jail.
A man entered a store in the 3100 block of Northlake Boulevard and began examining a demo phone. The manager of the store walked to the “employee only” section of the store to get a drink. When he returned, the man and the phone were gone. The manager explained that the phone was a demo and there is no way of tracking it or even activating it. It was worth $800.
Responding to a 911 call made from a resort in the first block of A1A, police made contact with the caller and immediately noticed blood on his shirt. The man informed police that his girlfriend was extremely intoxicated and emotional. When police inquired about the blood on his shirt he said “Katrina punched me in the nose.” He then stated he didn’t want his girlfriend arrested and became uncooperative. Officers were unable to interview the girlfriendbecause of her level of intoxication. She was arrested on a domestic battery charge and, after a trip to Jupiter Medical Center, was taken to jail.
Talking on her phone and walking into a business in the 6600 block of West Indiantown Road, a woman was confronted by another patron. The patron demanded the woman return her phone. She then grabbed the phone and a tug-o-war ensued. The woman eventually broke free with her phone and called the police. When officers arrived the patron said “I’m sorry, I made a mistake. I’ll give her money. I thought she took my phone. I messed up.” During the battle for the phone the confused patron managed to scratch the phone owner and was charged with battery.
While on patrol an officer noticed a man and a woman lying on the ground near the doorway of a building in the 300 block of West Indiantown Road. Scattered around the drinking buddies were multiple beer cans. A records check showed the woman had previously been issued a trespass warning for the area. She was arrested and later released with a notice to appear.
NORTH PALM BEACH POLICE
A pair of pliers was rammed through the front quarter panel of a man’s car while it was parked outside a residence in the 900 block of Sanctuary Cove. The man’s daughter, who was looking after the vehicle, did not know anyone who may have committed the crime. The man informed police that he wanted his daughter to make a criminal complaint on his behalf. The daughter was provided with a case number and a victims’ rights brochure.
MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
A report of gunshots brought a deputy to the 5800 block of Southeast 47th Avenue in Stuart, where he met with a man who said the shots sounded like they were from a .22-caliber rifle. Deputies, along with a K-9 unit, searched the area and encountered five males south of the 4700 block of Southeast Salvatori Avenue. Two .22-caliber rifles were found in the bushes near the males. Two of the group claimed ownership of the rifles and said they were the only ones who fired them. They were shooting at bottles in the water, they explained. The pair had just bought the rifles and said they were not aware that they could not shoot them in the area. Nearby were multiple residences where there were children outside playing. The two rifle owners were arrested, given notices to appear in court and released at the scene.
A resident of a facility in the 1500 block of Northeast Cedar Street in Jensen Beach found $6,400 worth of charges on her credit card. She told a deputy that her boyfriend, whom she met at the facility, recently told her he had found her credit card. She did not know the card was missing, and when she called the credit card company she found out about the fraudulent charges. She believed her boyfriend, who had access to her wallet, incurred the charges. While the deputy was meeting with the victim, her boyfriend called and urged her not to report the fraudulent charges.
A man in the 8100 block of Southeast Croft Circle in Hobe Sound became concerned when he did not receive mail for about two weeks. He called the post office and learned that someone had changed his mailing address to a location in Oregon.
After making a traffic stop in the area of Southeast Dixie Highway and Southeast Golf Trail in Stuart, a deputy noticed the driver was sweating profusely, his hands were shaking and his jugular vein was pulsing. The deputy conducted field sobriety tests and determined the driver was not impaired. Before parting ways, the deputy asked the driver if he had any contraband in his vehicle. The driver said no, and he agreed to a search of his vehicle. The deputy found crack cocaine on the driver’s side floorboard. The driver said he did have a crack problem and had been smoking it for 30 years. He said he usually buys the drug from someone in Jupiter. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
ST. LUCIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
When a man’s credit card was denied as he was purchasing a beer at a store in the 300 block of Midway Road in Fort Pierce, the man became agitated. He went back to the cooler, grabbed four beers and walked out without paying for them. When confronted by the clerk, the beer thief bit him. A deputy located the thief, who was intoxicated and had blood on his shirt. The 39-year-old man was arrested.
Eating the evidence proved to be a bad choice for a 21-year-old Fort Pierce man, who was stopped by deputies in the 5400 block of South U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie because a headlight on his car was out. The man’s mouth was full, so deputies told him to spit out the contents, which tested positive for marijuana. More contraband was found in his vehicle, and he was arrested on multiple charges, including tampering with evidence.
A man riding a bicycle without lights was stopped by a deputy at the intersection of Avenue 1 and North 16th Street in Fort Pierce at 1:30 a.m. The man smelled of pot but denied having in his possession. A search turned up pot in his pocket and cocaine in his wallet. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
PORT ST. LUCIE POLICE
During a traffic stop on a vehicle that ran a stop sign at Northwest Wesley Road and Northwest Volusia Drive, an officer detected the smell of pot in the vehicle. A searched turned up two bags containing a total of 56 grams of marijuana. The driver, 20-year-old Fort Pierce man, was arrested and taken to the county jail.
A man screaming for help broke down the door of a home in the 2200 block of Southeast Haddon Street. He dove to the floor, yelling “People are chasing me.” The homeowner held the intruder at gunpoint while waiting for police to arrive. Police escorted the 27-year-old man out of the house, noting that he appeared to be hallucinating. The man was found in possession of nine small bags of Ecstasy, which were hidden in his socks. He was arrested on numerous charges, including burglary and criminal mischief. Damage to the door and frame was estimated at $500.
A man in a white BMW hit several vehicles and nearly struck several pedestrians in a parking lot in the 200 block of Northwest Peacock Boulevard. The man, who refused treatment from fire rescue personnel, had watery and glazed-over eyes and boozy breath. As an officer spoke to the man, he urinated on the ground. After first denying it, the 61-year-old man told the officer that frequent urination was part of getting older. The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested and charged with DUI with property damage. Following a stop at a medical facility, the man was taken to the county jail.
FORT PIERCE POLICE
Police went to the 1900 block of Avenue E to investigate a domestic disturbance. A man at the residence said his girlfriend hit her face against the wall, injuring herself so he would go to jail. He said both of them were drinking, but claimed she had more to drink than he did. An officer spoke to the girlfriend, who said she was hit in the mouth by the man. She said the pair had been dating since April and were in an intimate relationship. After determining the man struck his girlfriend, police arrested him and took him to the county jail.