COPS CORNER 10.02.17
Sept. 27, 700 block of South Dillard Street: At approximately 7:10 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a local scooter store in response to reports of a theft. According to the information conveyed to the officer by the business owner, a man who expressed interest in purchasing a used motor scooter worth $682 including the Florida tag, registration and title. The man took the scooter on a test drive, leaving him in possession of the keys as they finalized the paperwork. At one point, the business owner walked outside to place the new license plate on the scooter, but when he returned to collect the payment from the suspect he realized the suspect had left the store and drove away on the scooter. The scooter was later recovered on Eleventh Street, and the man was arrested. The man initially told police he was haggling with the business owner over the price but paid for the scooter, then later said he had simply forgotten to pay.
Oct. 3, 1000 block of West Colonial Drive: At approximately 1:50 a.m., an officer performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driving with only one functioning tail light. Police dispatch advised the driver had a history of illegal narcotics violations and failures to appear. The officer asked the driver for consent to search the vehicle, but the driver denied the officer permission. A K-9 officer was called to the scene to perform an air sniff of the vehicle. The K-9 alerted to the vehicle and the officer conducted a search. The officer found a backpack with a grinder possessing a green leafy substance that tested positive for cannabis. The driver was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.
Sept. 30, West Colonial Drive: Around 10:45 a.m., an Oakland police officer was notified of a reckless driver by a Winter Garden police officer. The Oakland police officer located the vehicle, which had a large horizontal crack on the windshield and was following a red van at an unsafe distance. The officer performed a traffic stop on the reckless female driver, who displayed erratic behavior and nonstop fidgeting upon being questioned. The officer suspected the driver was under the influence of a narcotic and called for a K-9 officer to perform an open-air sniff. The female driver admitted there was marijuana in the center console, adding that it belonged to her son. A used syringe was also located in her purse. The female driver was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sept. 30, Conroy Windermere Road: An officer conducting an area check spotted a blue Kia with the headlights on parked adjacent to the guard shack within a residential subdivision. The Kia was in the exit lane but was not pulled up to the edge of Conroy Windermere Road in order to see oncoming traffic. The officer shined a flashlight into the vehicle and saw a woman sleeping in the driver’s seat. The Kia’s engine was still running, despite the driver’s unconscious state. The officer woke up the driver and the woman opened the car door, prompting the officer to detect the smell of alcohol emanating from the vehicle’s interior. When asked if she was lost, the woman stated she was trying to reach the Dr. Phillips area and had come from “Bloodhound Brew.” The driver said she had consumed two drinks and agreed to perform field sobriety exercises. The driver failed to perform the exercises as instructed. She was arrested and transported to a DUI testing facility where she provided two breath samples indicating blood toxicity levels of 0.198 and 0.201.