Driver charged with OVI in crash accused of vaping ‘weed’: Westlake Police Blotter


OVI crash: Bradley Road

Officers at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 18 responded to a report of a Ford F150 striking a utility pole on Bradley Road and ending up in the ditch.

The driver admitted that he had been smoking “weed.” A THC vape pen was recovered during the investigation, and the 19-year-old Tallmadge man showed signs of impairment. He went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, where he was cited with OVI and failure to control.

Bradley Rd was closed for several hours when crews cleaned up the destroyed pole and damaged power lines.

OVI: Detroit Road

A 23-year-old Westlake man was arrested for drunk driving after multiple tipsters called the department at 1:15 a.m. on Sept. 9 to complain about a car speeding and “doing laps” in the parking lot of the Village in the Park Apartments on Detroit Road.

Officers approached a vehicle parked in the lot with its headlights on. It was still occupied, and officers spotted a man staggering away from the car. While officers spoke with the three males associated with the car, they noted that the driver appeared intoxicated and maintained his balance by holding onto the vehicle. He also fumbled and dropped his keys on the ground.

Officers field-tested the driver and then arrested him for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The passengers were released. At the Westlake jail, the driver tested well over twice the legal limit for blood alcohol. His license was immediately suspended due to the results of the breath test.

Car theft: Wingedfoot Drive

A resident at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 9 reported that their Porsche was missing from the driveway.

The resident failed to lock the vehicle and left the keys inside when they parked the SUV in the driveway the night before.

On Sept. 11, the East Cleveland Police Department reported finding the vehicle abandoned in their city. Westlake detectives brought the recovered SUV back to Westlake, where it was processed for evidence.

Shoplifting: Crocker Park

A Nordstrom Rack employee at 4:45 p.m. Sept. 12 reported a suspected shoplifting as a couple in the store were concealing merchandise while walking around.

The employee reported the suspects appeared to be under the influence of something, according to a police department press statement. Officers found the couple after they split up outside the store. Officers discovered they had razor blades and wire cutters, which officers suspect were used to remove security sensors on store merchandise.

Both suspects also had small bags of white powder, which they admitted were methamphetamine, and used syringes. Officers charged a 32-year-old Avon Lake man with felony possession of meth. He had outstanding warrants from Lorain County for possession of dangerous drugs.

A 44-year-old woman, who said she was homeless, was charged with felony possession of meth. She also had a warrant out for her arrest.

Credit cards belonging to others and counterfeit cash were recovered from the pair. All the information will be presented to a Cuyahoga County grand jury.

Receiving stolen property: Crocker Road

A police sergeant at 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 stopped a vehicle on Crocker Road near Detroit Road for traffic violations and quickly learned the driver was wanted in Florida.

The 32-year-old Avon Lake driver had a suspended license and was on parole out of Palm Beach, Fla., for robbery with a gun and mask. Investigation revealed he was headed to see his local parole officer. He had a bottle of urine wrapped with disposable hand warmers and rubber bands in the car. Parole officers frown on attempts to fool their mandated drug tests, the police department stated in a press release.

Officers learned that the dealer plate on his vehicle was stolen from a dealership in Columbus.

Police charged the man with driving under suspension and felony receiving stolen property. Parole officials in Florida placed a hold on the man and planned to extradite him to Florida due to violating parole in that state.

Felonious assault: Sperry Road

The Westlake Police Department at 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 15 responded to the West Spring Inn on Sperry Road in response to a report of a gunshot.

Officers learned that one shot was fired in the parking lot of the hotel because of a domestic argument between a man and a woman. The man fired the shot toward the woman, who was attempting to drive away from the situation, according to the police. No one was hit by gunfire, but the bullet struck the girlfriend’s car.

A 41-year-old Cleveland man was charged with felonious assault. The man appeared in Rocky River Municipal Court, where his bond was set at $75,000.

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