Police Beat

Aug 2 – A 22-year-old Parma man was cited on charges of driving under suspension and driving with a loud exhaust after he was pulled over for driving without an illuminated license plate. The driver was found to have multiple open license suspensions, and the vehicle was towed from the scene. During inventory of the vehicle, police located four jars of suspected THC that were sent to the lab to confirm their contents. Additional charges are pending.

Aug. 4 – Police responded to Sunnydale Drive around 8 p.m., after receiving a call from a Cleveland Police Department detective that the driver of a black vehicle had driven up on the sidewalk and almost struck her as she was walking. The driver attempted to outrun police but was ultimately pulled over and was administered sobriety tests, which showed he had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.335. Two open bottles of alcohol were located under the front seat of the vehicle, and the 42-year-old Bedford man was cited on charges of OVI, open container, failure to use turn signals and driving outside marked lanes.

Aug. 7 – Police responded to an Ottawa Drive residence shortly before noon, after the property owners reported the window on their front porch had been broken. Police suspect a group of turkeys that live nearby may be responsible for the damage. The turkeys were spotted in the complainants’ back yard that morning and had recently damaged another window in the neighborhood. Damage is estimated at $350.

Aug. 7 – A 28-year-old Euclid man was cited on charges of speed, driving under suspension and driving without illuminated taillights after he tried to outrun police in excess of 100 mph on Interstate 77. When he was eventually pulled over, the man told officers he did not have his license and provided police with his name and social security number, and it was later determined the man had a suspended driver’s license. Police also noted the smell of marijuana inside the vehicle and upon searching, found several bags of suspected marijuana that were collected and seized as evidence. Additional charges are pending the results of lab tests.

Aug. 15 – Police were advised of an erratic driver in the center of town who had struck traffic cones and damaged his driver-side mirror. Police caught up with the vehicle and watched it travel right of center numerous times and hit traffic cones near Crestview Drive and north of Oakes Road. The driver was pulled over and subsequently charges with driving outside marked lanes, OVI and for having a blood-alcohol concentration of greater than 0.17.

Aug. 19 – Police were dispatched to the area of Carriage Hill Drive and Brecksville Road following a hit-skip motor vehicle accident in progress. Dispatchers were advised a male driver had struck the complainant’s vehicle and left the scene. The complainant followed the vehicle to the driver’s apartment where the driver parked his vehicle in the carport and walked toward the pool. The caller stated the man appeared highly intoxicated. Police spoke with the victim and her passenger, who told officers the man struck their vehicle while he was turning onto Carriage Hill Drive. Police spoke with the man who was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, driving outside marked lanes and OVI after performing poorly on sobriety tests.

Aug. 21 – An officer on patrol observed a stop sign had been knocked down at the corner of Parkview Drive and state Route 21. The officer said the sign was most likely knocked down by a vehicle entering Parkview Drive. The sign’s breakaway base had been broken, and the post was slightly bent from either hitting the ground or having been run over by a vehicle. Repair costs are estimated at $200. ∞