Forest Grove Police Log: Sept. 6-12
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 488 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, Sept. 6
• Two officers were outside the station chatting when they heard a loud bang and were subsequently passed by a vehicle driving strangely. Officers chased down the vehicle and determined the driver had crashed into another vehicle that had made a dangerous turn. The offending driver was issued a citation for a traffic violation; the initial driver was cited for driving with a suspended license.
• Officers responded to an injury accident along a major roadway in which the driver had fled the scene. Police found a pickup had been struck by a car that had driven across a median into oncoming traffic. The pickup passengers were transported to the hospital, and the driver taken by LifeFlight. A containment was set up and a K-9 unit successfully tracked the fleeing suspect; he was cleared by medical and transported to the jail for a myriad of crimes, including driving under the influence of intoxicants.
• A woman reported that her husband had gone to rock out with Iron Maiden in Portland and had not returned, was not answering his phone, and possibly ran to the hills. It was sorted out that his phone had died and he had taken a short nap in his truck before heading home. He eventually returned to meet his somewhat displeased but relieved wife.
Saturday, Sept. 7
• A hotel reported that a man had locked himself in a bathroom and was making vulgar comments and gestures and refusing to leave. Officers contacted the man, who advised he was just washing his shirt and taking a shower, adding that the water pressure at the location was fantastic. He was trespassed from the location.
• A man reported that his wife got out of their vehicle after an argument and left on foot. Officers did an extensive area check and attempted phone contact several times. Eventually, a patrol officer located the woman, now noticeably intoxicated, hiding in the bushes near a hotel. She was released to the care of the husband.
• A caller reported suspected transient activity in a fenced swamp area. Police initially did not locate anyone in the area, but after being called back to the scene, they found a man smoking marijuana in the bushes. He was trespassed from the location and issued a citation for smoking marijuana in public.
Sunday, Sept. 8
• Officers responded to a residence where a fight had broken out over changing the wi-fi password.
• Officers responded to a residence from which passersby heard people screaming and yelling "call the cops." Officers located an individual who had fallen in the shower. The fall victim was not in need of medical assistance.
• A woman called police to report her husband confronted a man found digging through their garbage looking for cans. The suspect was gone on arrival, but police located a man matching his description in the area. The man was advised he could be arrested for theft if he continued his behavior. He was also encouraged to call his father, who had called the station earlier looking for information about his adult son.
Monday, Sept. 9
• A caller reported a suspicious man "creepily" watching children in a school playground from across the street. Police located a man who had just left a medical center and was waiting for the rain to stop before leaving on foot.
• A caller reported their security camera captured an SUV crash into his house late at night. Police located the vehicle which had damaged a section of fence. It was ultimately sorted out that the vehicle had been parked in a neighbor's driveway and rolled down the lot into the caller's yard.
• A caller reported a man bleeding from the head along a busy roadway. Police located the very intoxicated individual, who had fallen off a bench. He was transported to the hospital.
Tuesday, Sept. 10
• A caller reported that a vehicle was parked haphazardly along Main Street with its lights and wipers still on. Officers located the driver in a nearby restaurant and, due to the driver's noticeable intoxication, developed probable cause to arrest her for driving under the influence of intoxicants. They further determined she had been driving while her license was suspended. She was arrested.
• Officers responded to a possible auto-versus-pedestrian crash along Pacific Avenue. On arrival, police found the pedestrian had actually stepped off the curb to cross the street and fell down, and no vehicle was involved. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital.
• A caller reported that their spouse had left them over the weekend and was now writing checks for large amounts from an account that was only in the caller's name. Police are investigating.
Wednesday, Sept. 11
• Officers responded to a public utility site where security cameras had been spray-painted over and a fence cut. While on scene, police learned that tens of thousands of dollars' worth of miscellaneous equipment and property had been stolen from a locked shipping container. Police are investigating.
• A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend left a note on her vehicle and had been relentlessly trying to contact her against her wishes. Said ex-boyfriend contacted police later in the day to report his ex-girlfriend was making threats over social media. Both parties were advised against contacting each other via any means.
• A man reported that a housemate had threatened to kill him for using the housemate's fork. Police arrived and sorted out that the argument was verbal only and that no criminal threats were actually made.
Thursday, Sept. 12
• A man reported being harassed by a man in regard to a mutual female associate.
• Swing shift officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and subsequently arrested the driver after he gave his brother's identification information to avoid a citation. The driver also had a forged trip permit in his window. The driver was lodged at the jail on multiple charges.
• A man reported that his intoxicated son, who lived at the location, was attempting to break down the door despite having a set of keys. Police advised all parties to go to bed and advised the father on the formal eviction process.
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