OVI suspect denies drinking: Westlake Police Blotter

WESTLAKE, Ohio –

OVI: Bradley Road

A caller at 6pm on January 7 reported that a vehicle swerved onto Bradley Road and crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic.

Officers located the vehicle in the Promenade shopping center parking lot. The driver appeared to be intoxicated but denied drinking. Officers administered field sobriety tests and then arrested the man for driving a vehicle while intoxicated.

The 54-year-old Bay Village resident’s license was suspended after he refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Physical control: Wonneta Parkway

A 911 caller at 4:20 a.m. on Jan. 6 reported a suspicious vehicle on Wonneta Parkway.

The vehicle’s brake lights were flashing and there was screaming from inside the car, according to the caller.

Officers arrived and found that the driver was conscious but unwilling or unable to communicate with officers. They noted that it appeared Taco Bell food was strewn inside the car.

After removing the man from the vehicle, officers confirmed that he appeared to be very intoxicated. He thought he was in Lakewood. Officers arrested him for having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. At Westlake Prison, he tested nearly 2.5 times the legal alcohol limit on his breath.

The 30-year-old Lorain was handed over to a sober friend.

Drug paraphernalia: I-90

An officer at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 30 stopped a vehicle on I-90 at Dover Center Road for speeding and recklessly passing other vehicles.

The 52-year-old driver said his license had been suspended. The officer observed a small digital scale in plain view and discovered that the Avon resident had identity theft warrants in Lorain County. The officer confiscated drug paraphernalia from the vehicle before it was towed off the scene.

The driver was charged with driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia other than marijuana before being turned over to a Lorain County deputy.

Criminal damage: Muirfield Way

An officer on patrol at 2:30 a.m. on December 30 discovered that two vehicles parked in a residential driveway in Muirfield had been spray painted. The officer has completed a criminal damage report and a person of interest has been identified.

Disorderly Conduct Crocker Park

Crocker Park security called the Westlake Police Department at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 31 to report that a customer left a business at the mall and found a “very drunk” woman running through her car.

Officers located a clearly intoxicated 72-year-old woman who was adamant she was in the correct vehicle. The Complainant found nothing missing from his vehicle. A police officer cited the intoxicated Westlake resident for disorderly drunk driving and released her to a sober relative.

Scam

A resident at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 3 came to the Westlake Police Department to report that he had fallen for a scam.

The complainant found a boat for sale online and contacted someone he thought was a legitimate seller. He wired thousands of dollars to a company. Although promises of a boat and then reimbursement of lost money were made, nothing was received.

Investigators are working with the bank to develop leads.

Fraud

A resident at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4 reported fraud to the Westlake Police Department.

The complainant purchased a product from Amazon but was refunded after receiving a message that it had been lost at the fulfillment centre.

When the item showed up on his doorstep, the victim did a web search and called what he thought was the correct Amazon customer service number. The man who answered the phone told the complainant that his Amazon account had been locked due to a breach. The victim was instructed to transfer money to the account to fix the problem. The man also asked the complainant to download an application to his computer to fix the problem. In total, the suspect transferred over $1,000 before being arrested.

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