Forest Grove Police Log: Jan. 12-18
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 468 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, Jan. 12
• Police assisted the fire department on a call to a possible fire at a transient camp along Highway 47. Officers found a man cooking bacon over a charcoal fire on the ground. The man put out the fire and agreed to move his camp.
• A night shift officer spotted a vehicle driving erratically across both lanes of traffic at a high rate of speed along 19th Avenue. When the officer tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver attempted to elude police, but ultimately stopped in a residential area. The driver was found to have twice the legal blood alcohol limit and was arrested for driving under the influence, as well as reckless driving, eluding a police officer, and violating his probation.
• As officers were finishing up the aforementioned DUII investigation, a separate vehicle made an illegal U-turn at a high rate of speed in front of the four patrol vehicles at the scene. The driver was stopped and was subsequently arrested when found to be under the influence of alcohol.
Saturday, Jan. 13
• While on patrol, an officer located a vehicle that was reported stolen out of Portland in December. A brief search yielded multiple license plates and a significant amount of drug paraphernalia, as well as multiple checks, pill bottles, ID and debit cards all belonging to other individuals. The driver was arrested for multiple offenses.
• A caller reported his car had been stolen near the college overnight. Officers learned that the vehicle wasn't in fact stolen, but that the driver had forgotten where he parked.
• A caller reported a man seen walking into traffic on a busy road, screaming and yelling to himself. Officers contacted the man, who agreed to quiet down and stay out of the road.
Sunday, Jan. 14
• A caller reported their neighbor was sawing down a city barricade on a residential corner. Officers learned that the subject was attempting to repair the barricade, which had fallen over, during some DIY projects on her property. She was advised to contact the city for any future repairs.
• A man called police when a woman he met online was causing problems and refusing to leave his residence. Officers assisted the woman in catching a bus out of town.
• A caller reported that she was afraid to leave her room after reportedly being attacked by a woman the night before. Officers found the caller to be highly intoxicated and found no evidence of suspicious activity.
Monday, Jan. 15
• Officers responded to a warming shelter where an individual arrived intoxicated, a violation of the shelter's guest policy. The woman was able to care for herself and was asked to move along.
• Night shift officers were called to an apartment complex where a man was seen knocking on a door and trying to gain entry into a unit. Officers learned the tenant had lost his keys and had been locked out. Apartment staff arrived and let him in.
• Police stopped a vehicle for failure to display plates or a permit in the middle of the night. Upon contacting the driver, two occupants immediately left the vehicle and walked away. The driver was cited for multiple traffic violations. Officers located one of the occupants at a nearby bus stop and learned he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody.
Tuesday, Jan. 16
• Officers were patrolling an area where suspicious activity had previously been reported, and located an occupied vehicle with no plates and a recent spray paint job. The vehicle was found to have been reported stolen. The occupants were detained.
• A rehabilitation center reported a patient was threatening staff and breaking things. Officers located the man who had since calmed down; the man was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
• A caller reported his father had taken multiple items, including a wallet and machete, from the residence after a fight and was headed toward Southern Oregon. Officers contacted the authorities in that town to attempt contact.
Wednesday, Jan. 17
• A caller reported seeing several individuals spray-painting a car in the driveway of the same location as a similar vehicle had been reported the day prior. Officers continue extra patrol in the area.
• A night shift officer located a vehicle reported stolen out of Hillsboro with multiple occupants. A search yielded multiple items believed to be stolen, and the vehicle's owner was able to provide footage of the alleged theft. Two occupants linked to the theft were arrested.
• A caller reported multiple adults pinning a juvenile on the ground. Officers found the youth had run away from school and was making suicidal comments. The youth was transported to the hospital on a peace officer's hold.
Thursday, Jan. 18
• Officers contacted a man seen slumped over inside a bus. The man advised he had been using meth for several days and was ill with the flu. He was transported to the hospital.
• A woman called police upset that her husband had come over to their residence with his girlfriend. Officers advised it was a civil matter.
• Police are investigating the theft of several hundred dollars' worth of clothing from a vehicle overnight.
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