Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Police Report: February 13-17

February 13:

No significant incidents to report.

February 14:

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 3:45 am officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation (speed greater than reasonable and prudent). When the officers began to question the driver they smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. The driver was given several standard field sobriety tests and failed all of them. He was arrested for DUI and taken to the Greenbelt Police Department for a breathalyzer test. The test revealed that his BAC was .19, more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with DUI and delivered to the custody of DOC in Hyattsville.

February 15:

Russell Avenue & Taylor Street: At about 11:30 pm officers witnessed a blue Pontiac with Virginia tags fail to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. When the officers approached the driver they noticed that all four occupants of the vehicle seemed very nervous; and, that there was a very strong odor of CDS coming from inside the car. They also observed several open alcoholic beverages in plain view. During the investigation that ensued a rear seat passenger told the officers that there was a small amount of CDS (marijuana) in the trunk. The officers asked how small, and she said 4 pounds. A Hyattsville City Police drug detecting K9 responded to the scene and the dog hit positive on the vehicle. The vehicle’s trunk was subsequently searched and the officers did indeed seize over 4 pounds of marijuana. All occupants of the vehicle, three adults and one juvenile, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a CDS.

OFC Gene Gillette

February 16:

4500 block of 32nd Street: At about 7:30 am officers responded to an unknown trouble call. When the officers arrived they were met by fire/rescue personnel who were attending to a resident that apparently suffered a stroke. Medic unit 559 transported the resident to Washington Adventist Hospital where he was admitted for observation and treatment.

4100 block of 29th Street: At about 4:15 pm officers responded for the report of a theft. The victim told the officers that he came to visit a friend and left his bicycle on the porch of the friend’s house. He returned for his bike about 15 minutes later only to find that his bike had been stolen. The officers checked the area for witnesses and the bike with negative results. The victim described his bike as a blue Globe brand bicycle with two rear side racks

4000 block of 38th Street: At about 9:10 pm officers patrolling the area observed a suspicious vehicle parked with two occupants inside. When they approached the vehicle to check on its occupants they observed both occupants in possession of open alcohol. Both individuals were issued Maryland criminal citations for possessing open alcoholic beverages inside a vehicle. After checking the open containers they were both more then half full. After the officers disposed of the alcohol the subjects were sent on their way without further incident.

4600 block of 29th Street: At about 4:15 pm officers located a blue 1994 Cadillac that PGPD was trying to find in connection with a hit and run collision. The officers’ investigation revealed that the vehicle had a suspended registration and an MSP/MVA pick up order. The owner was issued a citation for driving with suspended tags and his vehicle was impounded. PGPD was notified and handled the hit and run investigation.

February 17 (early morning):

3400 block of Rhode Island Avenue: At about 2 am officers observed a vehicle operating southbound on Rhode Island Avenue with no lights on. The officers stopped the vehicle and discovered that the driver was an unlicensed, underage juvenile. The juvenile’s parents were contacted and they told the officers that the child was supposed to be in his bed sleeping and certainly did not have permission to be driving the car. The juvenile was detained until the parents could come in and take custody of him and their vehicle. The juvenile is being charged by petition for various traffic infractions and criminally for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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