Bellville police reports

May 3

State Route 97 west – On the listed date, an officer observed as a vehicle swerved and crossed the center line of travel. The officer activated his overheads, initiating a traffic stop. The officer made contact with the occupants of the vehicle. While standing at the driver’s window, the officer detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The officer inquired about the smell and was advised that they had not been smoking marijuana but marijuana had previously been smoked within the vehicle by friends. The driver granted the officer permission to search the vehicle. During the search, the officer located several items of drug paraphernalia. The driver, who admitted to recently being “busted” twice in Shelby, was issued a summons for being in possession of drug paraphernalia and a citation for marked lanes.

May 5

Kelly Avenue – An officer was dispatched to said location to take a report of a breaking and entering. Upon arrival the officer immediately cleared the house, making sure there weren’t any unauthorized people inside. The officer, along with the victim, checked for missing items but didn’t find anything to be missing. The only damage was to the front door, which appeared to have been pried open. The officer took pictures of the damage and got a statement from the victim as well as the road crew that was working in front of her home that morning.

May 7

State Route 97 west— While on routine patrol, the officer on duty observed a vehicle traveling on the roadway without a visible license plate. The officer initiated a traffic stop and approached the vehicle. The officer noticed the driver’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot. The officer was able to smell a heavy odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The officer requested the driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. At this time, the driver began slurring his speech and having a difficult time locating some of the requested documents. He told the officer that he was picking up an intoxicated friend and taking him home. The officer asked the driver to participate in some field sobriety tests, and he agreed. He was unable to perform some of the tests so he was asked to submit to the breathalyzer test. He was transported to the Lexington Police Department for this test. After being read the required paperwork, he refused the test. This test was offered and refused several times. Due to the clues during the field tests and the refusal to submit to the breathalyzer, the driver was put on an automatic ALS suspension. He was issued a citation for OVI and made aware of his court date.

State Route 97 west – While patrolling, the officer on duty observed a vehicle traveling on the roadways without a front license plate. As the vehicle passed, the officer was unable to see a rear plate. The officer flipped around and caught up to said vehicle. As the officer got much closer to the truck, he was able to see a plate in the back window of the truck but was obstructed by an ATV that was being hauled. The officer initiated a traffic stop and immediately upon approach of the vehicle detected an odor of marijuana. While speaking with the occupants, the officer inquired about the odor. The driver reached under the seat, retrieved a baggie of marijuana and handed it to the officer. The officer then searched the remainder of the vehicle with nothing else being located. The driver was issued a summons for possession of marijuana and for obstructed plates.

May 8

State Route 13 – While patrolling, the officer on duty observed a vehicle with an expired county sticker, traveling Northbound on State Route 13. The officer initiated a traffic stop and learned during this time that the driver was suspended. The driver stated he was unaware of the suspension but after some time, he stated there may be a traffic ticket that he failed to pay. He was able to find a valid driver to come pick him and the vehicle up. He was then issued a citation for Driving under Suspension.

May 12

State Route 97 west – While patrolling there, the officer on duty witnessed as a vehicle approached the stop light coming off of I-71. The vehicle failed to come to a complete stop for the steady red light that was illuminated, before turning right onto State Route 97 west. The officer then witnessed as a second vehicle proceeded to do the same thing. The officer activated his overheads to initiate a traffic stop. Both vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Love’s gas station. As the officer approached vehicle #1 to speak with the driver, the driver of vehicle #2 exited his vehicle and began to approach the officer. The officer requested that the male subject get back into his vehicle. The male subject turned back towards his vehicle but was not being quick to get back in and was carefully watching the officer. The officer called for back-up as the male subject’s behavior was off. After speaking with the male subject further, the officer learned that the male subject had a warrant for his arrest so he was placed in the rear of the officer’s cruiser. All occupants said there weren’t any weapons or illegal items in the vehicle. Upon search of the vehicle the officer found a styrofoam cup with what smelled like and appeared to be alcohol. The officer went to inquire about the alcohol and immediately upon opening the rear door to his cruiser, he was overwhelmed by the odor of alcoholic beverage. He was asked to participate in some field sobriety testing to which he agreed. Based on these results, he was provided the opportunity to take the breathalyzer test. He refused this test once he arrived on station. The driver of unit #2 was then cited for driving under suspension and failure to stop at a red light, and a summons for open container. Unit #1 was warned for failing to come to a complete stop at a red light.