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Driver needs no convincing he’s drunk; burglary reported in apartment building: Berea police blotter

February 21, 2019

Driver needs no convincing he’s drunk; burglary reported in apartment building: Berea police blotter

Operating a vehicle under the influence, West Bagley Road: A Berea man, 35, was arrested at about 3 a.m. Feb. 17 after police saw him driving without headlights on West Bagley.

Police stopped the man’s Volkswagen Jetta on West Bagley at Baker Street. When police asked the man how he was doing, he said, “I’m drunk.” Police said, “What’s up?” The man replied, “Uh . . . DUI.”

Police asked the man where he was coming from. The man said, “I’m drunk.” The man smelled like alcohol and his speech was slurred. When police asked the man if anything illegal was in the car, he said, “No, I’m drunk.”

Police asked the man to step out of the car, but he refused to perform field sobriety tests. “You’re just admitting you’re drunk?” police asked. “I am,” the man replied.

At the police station, the man told officers he was curious about he would have performed on the breath test, which shows the estimated level of alcohol in the bloodstream. Police accommodated the man, who recorded an alcohol content of .175.

Burglary, Emerson Drive: Someone broke into a ground-floor apartment between 6:30-9:35 p.m. Feb. 14 at Tabor Ridge apartments, 80 Emerson.

A window was broken to get inside the apartment. It wasn’t clear whether anything was stolen. Police made a casting of a footprint found near the apartment door.

Possession of marijuana & drug paraphernalia, Front Street: A Cleveland man, 26, faces criminal charges after police found marijuana shake and marijuana paraphernalia in his Chevrolet Cruze at about 10:30 p.m. Feb. 17.

Police had stopped the man’s car on Front near Thacker Street after seeing it traveling without headlights. The inside of the car smelled like marijuana. The man denied having the drug but said someone had smoked marijuana in his car within the previous hour.

Inside the car, police found a mason jar and plastic cup, both containing marijuana shake; a THC vape oil cartridge; a digital scale with marijuana shake; a splitter for slicing open cigars and cigarillos; two packages of rolling papers; a paper roller; a box of sandwich bags; and a weekly planner showing suspected drug transactions.

Also, a loaded 9mm handgun, for which the man had a permit, was in the glove compartment.    

Burglary, Dorland Avenue: A Dorland man told police that someone broke into his home between 5:45-7:45 p.m. Feb. 18, although he reported nothing missing.

The man said he had locked his backdoor before leaving the house. When he returned, the backdoor was ajar. Police walked through the house but didn’t see evidence of a burglary. Nothing appeared out of place.

Operating a vehicle under the influence, North Rocky River Drive: A Middleburg Heights man, 26, was arrested at about 3 a.m. Feb. 16 after police saw him standing next to a vehicle parked in a field.

The man said the vehicle’s battery had died. He smelled like alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. Police later determined the vehicle’s battery was not dead.

Marijuana possession, West Bagley Road: A Cleveland man, 25, and a 19-year-old woman were cited at about 2:45 a.m. Feb. 17 after police caught them with marijuana.

The man and woman were passengers in a Kia Sportage, driven by a 25-year-old Newburgh Heights woman. Police stopped the car because they could not see the front or rear license plates. The driver told police the plates were in the front and rear windows, which were tinted and dirty. 

Police smelled marijuana in the car and asked the driver and two passengers to step out. As the man exited, marijuana fell from his lap into the car seat. Police found marijuana nuggets in the car. The man and younger woman admitted the marijuana was theirs.  

Harassing communications, East Bagley Road: The family of a 15-year-old Berea girl told police Feb. 15 that classmates at Berea-Midpark High School, and pupils at Berea-Midpark Middle School, had sent the girl harassing and threatening messages on her cell phone, starting Feb. 4.

The messages, in the form of videos, texts and voicemails, included the phrases, “I hate you,” “Go die in hell” and “Die.” A high school teacher told the girl’s family that school officials were handling the situation and that someone would keep an eye on the girl while she was at school.

The girl’s family believes the classmates befriended the girl so they could learn her cell phone number and bully her. Police said their school resource officer would look into the matter.  

Marijuana possession, North Rocky River Drive: A Strongsville man, 25, and a Parma Heights woman, 22, were cited at about 1 a.m. Feb. 16 after police found marijuana in her purse, along with two baggies of marijuana, three baggies containing various pills and a bottle of whiskey in their car.

Police had stopped the car because one of the headlights wasn’t working and the rear license plate wasn’t illuminated.

Operating a vehicle under the influence, Barrett Road: A Berea man, 62, was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 16 after police caught him driving drunk.

Police had stopped the man’s Kia Soul after seeing it turn right without signaling. The man admitted drinking four beers at a bar. He failed field sobriety tests.

Marijuana possession, North Rocky River Drive: A Garfield Heights man, 19, received a summons to appear in court after police caught him with two marijuana roaches and a digital scale. Police had stopped the man’s car because its turn signal was broken.