BEREA, Ohio –
Failure to control vehicle: West Bagley Road
A LaGrange man, 34, was cited at about 1 p.m. June 23 after he smashed his Ford F-150 pickup truck into a utility pole on West Bagley at Lindbergh Boulevard.
Someone called police about the crash, saying the man drove away afterward. Police spotted the man’s pickup truck stopped on Baker Street, about 1,500 feet east of the crash scene. The man was outside the truck, trying to bend the front bumper away from one of the tires.
The man told police he was driving eastbound on West Bagley while speaking with his child on FaceTime and smoking a cigarette. He stretched the hand with the cigarette upward, and the cigarette hit the ceiling of the truck, causing hot ash to drop on his head. That caused the man to veer off the road.
When police asked why he didn’t stop after the crash, the man said he thought his truck had only hit a curb. He said he was in a hurry trying to get things done and was running behind.
Police noticed a marijuana pipe in the truck. They searched the vehicle and found two packs of rolling papers and a marijuana grinder containing a small amount of marijuana. Police confiscated the drug paraphernalia.
Theft, trespassing: West Bagley Road
A Cleveland man, 32, was cited and given a court summons at about 9 p.m. June 26 after he was caught stealing a pack of bottled water from CVS Pharmacy, 212 West Bagley.
A store worker saw the man slip the water into his backpack and called police as it was happening. The man then walked to the cash register to pay for bottles of alcohol.
Police were near CVS so they arrived quickly. They stood outside the store, waiting for the man to exit. When he did, they immediately recognized him as a serial shoplifter known for stealing over-the-counter medication. He had also been ordered never to return to CVS, probably due to a past shoplifting incident.
Police found the pack of bottled water, along with two packages of Robitussin medicine, in the man’s backpack. The CVS worker said the store didn’t sell that brand of medicine. Police suspected the man stole the Robitussin from a different store, possibly Walgreens.
Open containers of alcohol in a motor vehicle: Front Street
A Cleveland woman, 29, was cited and given a court summons at about 11:30 p.m. June 27 after police caught her with two cans of hard seltzer in a sport-utility vehicle.
A citizen called had police about the SUV, which was parked on Front southbound just north of West Bagley Road. Outside the SUV, at least one person, possibly two, were passed out near the sidewalk.
When police arrived, the Cleveland woman was lying on her back in grass near the sidewalk. A second woman, later identified as a Rocky River resident, was trying to help the Cleveland woman.
The Rocky River woman told police that she was driving the Cleveland woman to a home in Berea, in someone else’s vehicle, from Grindstone Tap House on Front. She pulled over because the Cleveland woman was about to vomit inside the SUV.
Police noticed the two open cans of alcohol in the SUV. When police inquired about the cans, the women handed them over, and police dumped out the remaining contents.
The Cleveland woman, who was obviously drunk, said the two cans belonged to her. The Rocky River woman said she had not consumed alcohol that day and didn’t appear intoxicated.
Police followed the Rocky River woman as she drove the Cleveland woman to the Berea home.
Overdose: West Fifth Street
A West Fifth man, 48, overdosed on fentanyl at about 6:45 a.m. June 27 inside his apartment on West Fifth.
The man’s live-in girlfriend called police, who, when they arrived, found the man on the bathroom floor. Paramedics, who had also arrived, administered Narcan, a heroin-overdose antidote, and the man revived. He refused transport to a hospital.