WEST SHORE BLUES: The Best of the Beats

Westlake Police Report Dual Alcohol-Related Crashes

Westlake Police were on the scene of dual alcohol related crashes recently.

On 11/5/20 at approx. 9:15PM, officers responded to Primrose Ln for a vehicle that had struck and destroyed a brick mailbox structure. At practically the same time there was another report of a vehicle that had left the roadway and struck a fire hydrant and garbage cans on Walter Rd.

The female driver on Primrose indicated to the investigators that a deer had jumped out in front of her causing her to strike the mailbox. The 46yo Northfield resident could not explain why she had attempted to drive away from the scene on 3 tires. The female appeared intoxicated and was arrested for OVI after being field tested. She refused a breath test and was charged with OVI, Refusing a chemical test with a prior OVI conviction and failure to control.

In the other event, the male 57yo Westlake resident who struck the fire hydrant with his ’55 Chevy Bel air also appeared intoxicated and admitted to a nurse who stopped to help that he had too much to drink at the Loco Leprechaun Bar down the street. The male had possible injuries and was transported to the hospital where he was charged with OVI. The 57yo also had a suspended license and had 4 prior OVI arrests. He refused a chemical test and was charged for the collision.

Dusted

On 10/30/20 at approx. 11:15PM officers responded to a report of a vehicle stopped facing E/B in the W/B lane of Detroit Rd just east of Columbia. The officers found that the driver appeared to be unconscious and possibly in medical distress. As the 44yo Bay Village resident came to he gave a thumbs up to the officers but appeared unable to talk. As the officer attempted to make sense of the man’s odd behavior and a squad was summoned, he had to place the vehicle into park for everyone’s safety. At that point, the driver unexpectedly grabbed a Duster aerosol can, placed it into his mouth and inhaled the contents. He then hid the can as if the officers did not just see him abuse the harmful intoxicants. In all 4 cans of the aerosol were found in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The male was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and abusing harmful intoxicants. He refused to provide a urine sample for analysis. The Bay Village man was also charged with attempted drug possession for a narcotic pill found. Officers noted that the man had been arrested for driving under the influence after huffing aerosol on 10/22/20 in Middleburg Hts as well. His vehicle was impounded.

Scam Attempt

On 11/4/20 at approx. 6PM a citizen came to WPD to report that she was the victim of a computer scam. While working on her desktop computer, the 56yo received a pop up message that froze her screen. The message indicated that she should navigate to a website that looked to belong to Microsoft. Eventually, she was speaking with a male who offered to clean up her issues after she bought some Nike and EBay gift cards and read the numbers to the “IT expert.” The citizen realized this was improper and came to the Westlake PD to report the attempt. She was advised to disconnect her computer from the internet and have it looked at by a reputable repair person but absolutely not to pay the scammers with gift cards.

Long-term Rental

On 11/5/20 at about 1:45PM Enterprise Rent A Car called to report that one of their customers had not returned a 2020 Dodge Charger on 10/21/20 as promised. The vehicle, rented on 8/6/20 was entered as stolen in police databases. The male who rented the vehicle, a 41yo Lorain resident, admitted that he had let someone else use it but thought that it had been returned. The Westlake prosecutor will review the case for charges against the Lorain man.

Click it or Ticket Month

November 9 – 29 is National Seat Belt Enforcement Mobilization Month.

Seat belts have been proven to be one of the best ways to save your life in a crash. Yet, many still don’t buckle up. Worse still, not wearing a seat belt is a habit that will pass on to impressionable youth who, in turn, will think it is safe to not buckle up. The Click It or Ticket campaign focuses on safety education, strong laws, and law enforcement support to save lives.

Do your part to save a life. Click it or Ticket.

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