Saline Police Blotter (7/7/17)





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Compiled By Angelo Parlove

On June 30 at 12:29 am, an officer was conducting a park check at Curtiss Park, when the officer noticed a black Hyundai backed into a parking space on the roadway. The officer pulled next to the vehicle and observed two males sitting inside with a large amount of white smoke. As the driver rolled down the window, the officer could smell the strong odor of burnt marijuana. The officer stepped from the patrol car and requested identification from the individuals. The driver said he did not have any ID and verbally identified himself as a 17-year-old Ann Arbor boy. When the officer was having dispatch check the name on LEIN/SOS, the driver then admitted he lied. He was only 15 years old and did not have a drivers license. The youth had a Graduated Level 1 Learners License. The passenger was identified as a 16-year-old boy from Lodi Township. Both youths were students at Ann Arbor Pioneer. Each separately told the officer the same story. The driver took his brother’s vehicle without his permission, they drove to Clinton to get marijuana, purchased a marijuana blunt for $10, and on the way back, stopped at Curtiss Park to smoke the blunt. When the officer pulled into the park, they put the blunt in a Mountain Dew bottle. At the scene, the driver’s father and the passenger’s mother were contacted and told to pick up their sons at the police station. Evidence collected from the vehicle included the marijuana blunt, a marijuana grinder and marijuana wax pipe. The blunt was sent to the Michigan State Police crime laboratory for analysis. The registered owner of the black Hyundai was the driver’s father. He was given the key to the vehicle when he arrived at the police station to pick up his son. The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office upon receiving the crime lab results.

On July 1 at 1:00 am, an officer on patrol was at the stop light on westbound Michigan Avenue at Harris Street and observed a vehicle in the eastbound lane with an “extremely loud” exhaust upon acceleration at the red light. The officer made a U-turn and followed the vehicle, a green Honda CRV, noticing it swerve back and forth in its lane. The officer then made the traffic stop, with the vehicle pulling into the driveway for the Chelsea Lumber Company. After approaching the vehicle, the officer observed the driver’s movements were slow and awkward, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. The officer could also smell the strong odor of intoxicants from inside the vehicle. The officer asked the driver, who was identified as a 26-year-old Ypsilanti man, how much he had to drink. With slurred speech, the man said about four beers and four double-shots of whiskey. The officer had the man conduct three sobriety field tests, in which all three were failed. According to the police report, after the third test, the man told the officer: Give me the breath test, I know I’m going to fail it, I’ve had to much to drink. The preliminary breath test showed a .216 blood alcohol content. The man was taken into custody and transported to the station, where the datamaster breath tests showed results of .22 and .20. The case was turned over to the prosecutor’s office. The man had previously pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle impaired in 2012 out of the 18th District Court in Westland.

On July 1 at 4:08 am, an officer on patrol on westbound Michigan Avenue near Hopper observed a vehicle traveling eastbound near Gerry’s Tire going over the posted 45 mph speed limit. The officer obtained a radar reading that topped out at 57 mph. The officer then turned around and followed the vehicle, a black Mazda four door, catching up to it near the Industrial Drive intersection. The officer continued to follow the vehicle for a short while, noticing it “alternately hug the left line of the lane and then the fog line,” the police report said. The officer made the traffic stop, where the driver, a 23-year-old Ann Arbor woman, admitted to having three glasses of wine. The officer had the woman conduct sobriety field tests, and the preliminary breath test showed a .142 blood alcohol content. The woman was arrested and secured in the patrol car. The driver’s mother was called to take possession of the vehicle. The woman was then transported to the police station, where the datamaster breath tests showed results of .12 and .11. The woman was transported to the Washtenaw County jail. The case will be turned over to the prosecutor. The case was closed.

On July 3 at 11:10 pm, an officer was running stationary radar in the parking lot of the Village Party Store on Michigan Avenue, which was closed for the night. The officer clocked a car in the right-hand lane passing another vehicle at 67 mile per hour, well over the 45 mph speed limit. The officer followed the car, a black Pontiac Grand Am, which had slowed behind other traffic, and observed the vehicle drift over the yellow lane line. The officer then made the traffic stop near Mills Street, in which the car turned into the private drive of a quick oil change business. After approaching the driver, who was identified as a 27-year-old Ypsilanti man, the officer could smell the mild odor of intoxicants from inside the car. The officer also noted the driver’s eyes were mildly red and watery, and occasionally spoke with slurred speech. The officer asked if he had been drinking, and the man replied he had 3-4 beers about 4-5 hours earlier. The officer had the man conduct sobriety field tests, and the preliminary breath test showed a .153 blood alcohol content. The man was arrested and transported to the police station. At the station, the datamaster breath tests showed results of .14 and .13. The man was then transported to the Washtenaw County jail. With driver’s permission, the vehicle was left in the parking lot. The case was closed.

 

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