by Joni Astrup
Dale Myers was outside his home about 10 a.m. Saturday when he heard tires squealing and other noises that sounded like a serious crash. He called 911 and then went to see if he could render aid before authorities arrived.
But Myers said he couldn’t find the vehicle and was walking back home, about to give up, when he heard the faint sound of a fan running in the woods. He went to investigate and that’s when he found the car upside down on an embankment near the Mississippi River by County Road 30. All the windows were smashed out and the occupant was unresponsive.
He alerted authorities to the car’s location, but wonders what would have happened if he hadn’t.
He said the crash didn’t leave any debris on the road and the trail into the woods wasn’t very visible.
“I would not have found it if I didn’t hear that fan,” he said.
Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz said it’s good Myers was there to point out the location of the crash.
“It may have gone undetected, but we’ll never know,” Kluntz said.
Police, meanwhile, had earlier responded to a traffic complaint about the car involved in the crash, a 2005 Volvo. A person following the vehicle on 192nd Avenue had reported that the driver was driving in the ditch before correcting and coming out of the ditch. Police located the car and tried to stop it, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed. Kluntz said police did not chase the car and it was later determined that it crashed in the 15500 block of County Road 30.
The driver, a 25-year-old Elk River man, was transported to medical facility.
Kluntz said police are requesting charges of fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and DWI.
Travel trailer stolen from Elk River RV lot
A 2020 White Water Retro 166 travel trailer was reported stolen July 1 from the sales lot of Elk River RV, 15634 Edison St. in Elk River.
The trailer is black and white and would most likely have damage to the coupler as the lock was pried off of it and possible rear bumper damage from being pulled up a hill to remove it from the lot, according to the police report.
Pontiac Grand Prix taken from driveway
A dark green 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix was stolen from a driveway in the 17000 block of Grant Court. The theft was reported June 30.
The keys had been left in the center console and the car was unlocked.
Teen needed medical help after ingesting ‘dab’
A medical was reported at Elk River High School, 900 School St., at 10:57 a.m. June 28.
An Otsego boy, 17, reported that he had ingested a “dab” (THC concentrate) and believed he had overdosed. When police arrived, he was stable but extremely lethargic.
Elk River Ambulance arrived on the scene and determined that he needed immediate medical attention and transported him to a medical facility.
Kluntz said charges are pending against an Elk River girl, 17, who had allegedly supplied the chemical to the boy. She admitted to possessing an e-cigarette with THC vial attached.
Three teens face alcohol violations
Three juveniles are in trouble for alcohol-related violations after police responded to a report of three males running into yards near 196th Avenue and Rush Street in Elk River at 12:30 a.m. June 27.
As officers arrived at the area, a vehicle with three juveniles inside it was leaving.
Police stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, a 16-year-old Elk River boy, for DWI.
His companions, two 16-year-old boys from Elk River and Nowthen, were cited for curfew violation and underage consumption.
The driver was later released to his parents at the Elk River Police Department.
Smoke coming from pan on stove
Smoke was detected in the hallway of an apartment complex in the 10600 block of 172nd Avenue in Elk River at 1:57 p.m. June 26.
Smoke was coming from an apartment and entry was made with maintenance after no one answered the door. A pan of unattended food on the stove was smoking and burning, with no visible flames.
The renter, a 30-year-old woman, was asleep in a back bedroom.
She said no one had been cooking since her husband left early that morning. The woman and a child were directed out of the apartment and the Elk River Fire Department responded to reset the smoke alarm and ventilate the area.
Possible attempted break-in reported
A possible attempted break-in was reported at an apartment at 1227 School St. in Elk River at 8:20 a.m. June 26. No entry was made due to a bar on the interior portion of the sliding glass door, but damage was consistent with an attempted entry, according to the police report.
Child left in car while mom at Walmart
Police cited an Elk River woman, 30, with possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after being called to Walmart in Elk River at 8:17 p.m. June 28.
A loss prevention officer from the store reported that a child had been left alone in a vehicle while the mother was inside shopping. The loss prevention officer made several attempts to contact the mother over the intercom and was unsuccessful. Police checked the vehicle and detected a strong odor of burned marijuana emanating from inside it. The vehicle was running with the air conditioning on and the child was not in distress. The mother returned to vehicle and police conducted a vehicle search, locating a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. The mother was cited and released. A report was to be forwarded to Sherburne County Health and Human Services.