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6:32 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Amber Avenue S. While an officer was on routine patrol, he was flagged down by a person stating two younger women were in a vehicle for more than 30 minutes and the area smelled like marijuana. The officer made contact with the vehicle and found two women inside the vehicle. The officer noted he could smell a faint smell of marijuana even with strong winds and windows open. Both women denied having illegal drugs in the vehicle. Another officer arrived on scene while he interacted with the women, one admitted to having a “roach” in the vehicle. The women were asked to step out of the vehicle and while officers were searching the vehicle more substances similar to marijuana and other drug paraphernalia were located. The passenger told the officers the items found were hers and she was issued a citation.
7:31 p.m. Exposure. Pinecone Road N. Officers were dispatched to a man who exposed himself in a parking lot and urinated in public and then made comments about being drunk. While officers were in route, the caller called back stating the man left in a vehicle and was the driver. An officer made the traffic stop. The officer noted he did not observe any signs of impairment. The man informed the officer he was visiting a friend and did not feel comfortable asking to use their restroom, and he needed to go really badly. When the officer was identifying the people in the vehicle, he learned the man only had an instructor’s permit that had been revoked in July of 2021 and the female passenger was not 21 years of age. The officer called the complainant back and they no longer wanted anything further done in regard to the exposure. The officer did cite the man for driving after revocation.
4:01 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 1. While clearing from another traffic stop in the area, an officer observed a vehicle drive past with red 2021 registration. The officer ran the license plate and found the registered female owner had a revoked license and the officer saw the driver was a woman. The officer conducted a traffic stop and identified the female driver, who told the officer she had not had a driver’s license for 10 years. The woman was unable to produce proof of insurance to the officer. The woman also acknowledged her registration was expired and stated she does not have the money to pay for it. The officer issued the woman a citation for driving after revocation, expired registration and no proof of insurance. While the officer was explaining the citation, the woman told the officer it was her constitutional right to travel freely without a license when not participating in commerce. The officer allowed the woman to pull off the busy roadway and the woman informed the officer she planned on walking to a friend’s house in Sauk Rapids.
2:46 a.m. Hazard. Pinecone Road N. While on routine patrol, officers noticed flooding at the intersection due to large amounts of rain received in a short period of time. There was one vehicle stuck in the flooded street; officers called for a tow. Officers stayed in the area until the water levels went down.
4:21 p.m. Hazard. Grizzly Lane. While officers were doing routine patrol, they noticed the water levels continued to rise throughout the day at Grizzly Lane and 13th Avenue N. Stearns County had issued a flood watch warning after large amounts of rain were received on Thursday night. The officer contacted the Sartell Maintenance Department for barricades.
7:40 p.m. Suspicious person. First Avenue NE. While on routine patrol, an officer in the area of the old Verso site located a man and a woman picking up scrap metal. The officer was able to identify the man from previous contacts. The officer told the man and woman they were on private property and they could not take anything from the property. The man put the scrap metal back and left the area. The officer cleared a short while after they left.
10:21 a.m. Traffic. Riverside Avenue S. While an officer was working routine traffic control running stationary radar, the officer witnessed a vehicle traveling northbound at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was well within the 30-mph zone. The officer turned their radar on and locked the vehicle in at 54 mph, with good tone and no interference. As the officer started to turn around to make the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle had already pulled over. The officer issued a citation for speeding.