Sandy officer checks sleepers in a vehicle near a closed business, finds wanted man

The wandering eyes of police officers on patrol sometimes fall upon something that doesn’t appear normal or expected.

And sometimes it’s a violation of law.

At 3 a.m. Monday morning, Sept. 9, a single car parked in a large parking lot in the 16600 block of 362nd Drive is unusual.

Especially when two people are asleep in the car.

An officer told The Post last week that his action was “a routine check of a vehicle parked in the parking lot of a closed business.”

He awakened the two to inform them they were in violation of a city ordinance, prohibiting “camping” inside the city limits.

The usual protocol has officers checking everyone they contact to see if they are wanted for any offense anywhere.

The officer checked with a police dispatcher and discovered that one of the people in the car, Steven R. Black, 33, a transient with ties to Estacada, was wanted by the Molalla Municipal Court on three warrants: one for failing to appear in court and two for initiating false reports.

Even though all three are misdemeanor warrants, they must have been considered serious, since the bail was set at $157,500.

While the other person was allowed to drive away, Black was transported to the Clackamas County Jail and booked on the court-issued warrants.

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