Bellville police reports


May 14

State Route 97 west – While patrolling State Route 97 west, the officer on duty saw a vehicle towing a trailer lose an item while making a turn. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. During the conversation, the officer smelled an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The officer also noticed that the driver was not wearing his seatbelt. The officer requested an additional unit while writing up the citation for failure to wear a safety belt. When the second unit arrived, the officers asked the occupants to step out while they searched the vehicle. Due to the condition of the vehicle, it was difficult to conduct a full search, but a pack of rolling papers and a pipe was found. The officer then asked the driver where the marijuana was; he stated there wasn’t any. The officers then resumed search and located a jar with marijuana and a rolling tray in the back amongst their belongings as well as an open jar of rum and what appeared to be an unopened jar of homemade wine. The rum was dumped out and the wine was placed out of reach of the occupants. The driver was issued a citation for no seat belt and the passenger was issued a summons for being in possession of marijuana after she admitted it was hers. Both were warned of the potential summons for open container.

Main Street – This department was dispatched to said location for theft of gas from a motor vehicle. The owners advised that the vehicle was filled up approximately a week ago to about ¾ of a tank. The officer was unable to locate any signs of the tank leaking gas. After putting a couple of dollars of gas in the vehicle it started and showed low fuel. The officer

informed the owner that he would do a report for theft and would perform extra patrols in the area.

May 16

Bellville Police Department – A subject arrived on station to make a report about being unable to locate his firearm. The subject advised that he remembers having it when he moved into his home in July 2017 but is unsure if he saw it any time after that. He stated he did not notice any signs of his home being broken into, and doesn’t have any idea who may have taken it. The weapon has been logged as stolen and entered into the database.

Bellville Police Department – A subject arrived on station to make a report of a possible scam and threats. She stated a male subject from Texas contacted her via Facebook asking her to transfer money to another person. She agreed to do it and went to Wal-Mart for the transaction. The employee there informed her that it was denied. The subject then contacted the male subject who got upset with her and began threatening her and her son. The officer attempted to make contact with said male but was unsuccessful at that time. This case is under investigation.

May 17

State Route 13 northbound at village Limits – While out patrolling, the officer on duty witnessed as a vehicle stopped at the stop sign on Mill Street at Main Street and proceed to turn right without using a right turn signal. The officer initiated a traffic stop and advised the driver why he was stopped. The driver stated sometimes the signals work and sometimes they don’t, he didn’t realize it wasn’t working this time. The driver was asked for the required information but was only able to provide his Missouri driver’s license. He stated he was unable to provide the vehicle information as he just purchased it off of a co-worker. The officer ran the vehicle information through dispatch and learned that the plates were coming back for a completely different vehicle make. The officer approached the driver with the information learned. The driver stated he is unsure who the license plates owner is as he purchased the vehicle with the plates already on it. The vehicle was towed and the plates were seized. The driver was issued a citation for fictitious tags and failure to use his turn signal and transported to his home.

May 18

State Route 97 west – While on routine patrol, the officer on duty witnessed as a vehicle made a left hand turn without using a left hand turn signal. The officer initiated a traffic stop and could immediately smell an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Initially the driver denied there being any marijuana or paraphernalia in the vehicle but after being asked a second time, handed the officer a small amount of marijuana and a pipe. The officer searched the vehicle and did locate an additional amount of marijuana in the center console. The driver was issued a citation for failure to use turn signal, a summons for possession of marijuana and another summons for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was advised of his court date and was permitted to leave.

State Route 97 west – The officer on duty was contacted by an off duty Bellville officer, informing him that he just witnessed as someone almost caused several crashes on State Route 97 west. The officer on duty caught up to the vehicle and observed as the vehicle weaved heavily, crossing over the fog line several times. The officer initiated a traffic stop using his overhead lights. The driver stated he knew he was all over the road and stated he was falling asleep. The officer requested that the driver step out of the vehicle, and he did. The driver stated he was very tired after working two double shifts at work and had not gotten much sleep. Due to his behavior and the officer’s observations during the field tests, the officer did not believe the driver to be intoxicated but sleep deprived. After running the driver’s information through dispatch, he learned that the driver was did not have a valid driver’s license. The driver was issued a citation for no operator’s license and marked lanes. The officer had a vehicle towed and allowed the driver to find a ride home.

May 19

Rinehart Road – While patrolling, the officer on duty observed as a vehicle made a right hand turn without utilizing a turn signal. The officer ran the license plate through dispatch and was advised that the owner was suspended and the peace officer could confiscate the license plates. The officer initiated a traffic stop and was advised by the driver that he did not have a valid driver’s license as it had been suspended. The driver was able to provide registration for the vehicle but not able to provide proof of insurance. The officer explained that he was going to have to tow the vehicle based on the plate seizure. The occupants of the vehicle were permitted to call for a ride. The driver was issued a citation for driving under suspension and failure to use turn signals. When their ride arrived, the officer checked the status of the occupants and learned that the passenger had a warrant for his arrest. The passenger was then arrested on his warrant.

May 20

Rinehart Road – While patrolling, and stopped at a stop sign, the officer observed as a vehicle with a cracked windshield and an abnormally loud exhaust passed him. The officer witnessed, at this time, that the driver was not wearing his seatbelt. The officer then initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. At the time of the stop, the driver had his seatbelt on. When the officer inquired as to what he witnessed just minutes prior, the driver stated he forgot to put it on. The officer requested all information from the driver. At this time, the driver stated he did not have a license but did provide the officer with an ID card, registration and proof of insurance. Dispatch confirmed the suspension so he was written a citation for driving under suspension and for not wearing his seatbelt. The driver was given a warning for the cracked windshield and loud exhaust. The officer then assisted the driver in getting home.

May 22

Duke and Duchess on State Route 97 west – This department was dispatched to said location due to a theft of cigarettes. The clerk stated a female came in, selected items, went to the counter to pay and requested two packs of cigarettes. As the clerk turned to get the cigarettes, the female went to grab a candy bar. After placing all items on the counter, the female subject asked for two more packs of cigarettes. When the clerk turned her back the female placed the two packs of cigarettes in her purse and acted as though she left her debit card in the car. The female left the store and never came back in to pay. After reviewing security footage, the suspect was identified and informed that if she paid for the items she took, charges would be dropped. As of this date, all items have been paid for.

May 24

Alexander Road – While patrolling and stopped at a red light, the officer observed as the passenger of a vehicle was not wearing his seatbelt and as they passed the officer, he observed the vehicle to not have a county sticker on the license plates. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the driver who was also not wearing his seatbelt. When advised of the reason for the stop, the driver was confused so the officer explained the law for county stickers. The officer inquired as to why both subjects were not wearing their seatbelts and they stated they had just left work and were in a hurry and forgot. After running both subjects through dispatch, the officer learned that both occupants were under suspension. The officer requested that they make arrangements for a ride and they did. The driver was issued a citation for driving under suspension and not wearing his seatbelt. The passenger was issued a citation for not wearing his seatbelt.

Main Street – The officer on duty was dispatched to aforementioned location to take a report for theft. Upon arrival, the officer met with the owner who stated approximately half a tank of gas was missing from each of her two vehicles, totaling $60. There are no suspects at this time but extra patrols are being conducted in the area.

May 25

Der Dutchman – The officer on duty was dispatched to the listed address due to a verbally abusive male subject who removed his shirt and was yelling about racists, bigots and demons. Upon arriving, the officer was directed to the rear of the Comfort Inn, where he made contact with Comfort Inn staff. The employee stated the male subject was being loud and cursing at the employees. When told they were going to contact with police, the male subject stated “the police are nobodies” and he’ll “take care of them.” Managers at Der Dutchman and Comfort Inn asked that the male be trespassed from the businesses. The officer took possession of the subject’s personal items that were left in the hotel room and attempted to make contact with the male via public service. A certified letter will be sent to his last known address.

May 26

State Route 97 west – While monitoring traffic, the officer observed a vehicle traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. The officer’s radar display showed 82 mph while the vehicle continued to increase in speed. The officer visually estimated the vehicle to be traveling at approximately 100 mph. While attempting to catch up to the subject, the officer activated lights and sirens and requested back-up from Lexington Police Department. The vehicle did come to a stop where the officer made contact with the 16 year-old male subject who stated he was on his way back home after helping his brother move. The juvenile’s parent was contacted and the situation was explained. The juvenile was cited for speed and reckless operation as well as issued a summons for curfew violation.

Main Street – The officer on duty was dispatched to the area for a traffic crash. The female driver stated a deer ran out in front of her, causing her to hit a parked vehicle. Upon further investigation and witness statements, the officer learned that the driver was intoxicated and speeding down Main Street. The driver was issued a citation for driving under the influence, speeding and operation without being in reasonable control. She was also issued a summons for offenses involving underage persons, because she was not 21 years old and was consuming alcoholic beverages.