Bellville Police Reports


Sept. 11

Interstate 71 southbound ramp — While on patrol and conducting random license plate checks, Officer observed vehicle parked over two parking areas in a local business lot. Officer did a random plate check and the owner of the vehicle was confirmed as suspended. Unable to verify the driver at the time, the Officer continued patrolling. The vehicle was later observed leaving the parking area and the Officer was able to verify the owner of the vehicle as the driver. The Officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. The driver was made aware the reason for the stop, they asked a few questions, which the Officer supplied the information. The driver was cited for driving under suspension and was able to contact a valid driver to transport them and the passenger on their way.

Durbin Avenue — On the listed date and time while patrolling, Officer observed vehicle with very dim tail lights. As the vehicle continued and initiated a turn, the Officer noticed that only one brake light was working on the vehicle and that the rear license plate light was not working properly. The Officer verified the license plate of the vehicle and the driver as valid, then activated overheads and initiated a traffic stop. Upon approaching the driver and advising them of the reason for the stop, the Officer detected the odor of incense and marijuana coming from the vehicle. Driver requested to exit the vehicle and the Officer complied, both persons examining the brake and license plate lights. Officer was given permission to enter the vehicle to check the brake lights and at this time observed marijuana residue in the vehicle. Officer questioned the driver as to the illegal drug, placed driver in cruiser for safety, completed a search and driver was cited for marijuana, drug paraphernalia and given a warning for the equipment violations.

Sept. 12

Gorman Rupp Way — On the listed date and time, while patrolling, Officer observed a streetlight that had been hit and knocked to the ground. The lamppost was heavily damaged, the post nearby was also damaged. The Officer checked the area for identifiers and markings left at the scene, spoke with local business owners and report was taken.

Riverside Drive — While on patrol, Officer observed a vehicle pulling a small trailer. Unable to locate a license plate on the trailer and unable to view the entire vehicle plate due to the trailer, the Officer activated overheads and initiated a traffic stop. Officer made contact with the driver, advised them the reason for the stop, and two passengers, who all provided the requested information. Driver stated the trailer was borrowed and that they did not think that their license was valid. Officer confirmed the driver as suspended, as well as one passenger. The driver was cited for driving under suspension, given a warning for no license plate on the trailer and the valid driver was able to transport all occupants home.

Hines Avenue — On the listed date and time, Officer observed subject vehicle travelling at higher rate of speed than posted. Officer activated radar, confirmed the vehicle speed and activated overheads to initiate a traffic stop. Subject vehicle continued, making several turns without signaling, while Officer conducted a license plate check through dispatch, when vehicle finally came to a stop. The driver was confirmed as the owner and operator. Upon speaking with the driver, Officer detected the odor of alcohol and several indicators of alcohol consumption. The driver was asked to participate in Field Sobriety testing and they complied but, were unable to successfully complete the tests. The driver was placed under arrest for OVI, cited for OVI, speed and the turn signal violation. A Tow Inventory Form was completed and the tow arrived for the vehicle. The driver was transported to a local Police Department for a breathalyzer, which they refused. At this time, a valid, sober driver was contacted to transport the subject home.

Sept. 13

Hines Avenue — On the listed date and time, Officer dispatched to listed location for a property damage. Officer met with the caller, who stated that while they were driving, the vehicle in front of them had cardboard and items fly from the vehicle, travel over and into the caller’s vehicle, causing damage. The vehicle the quickly sped up and continued down the road, almost striking another vehicle. The Officer took pictures of the damage, a report was made. This case is under investigation.

Speedway — On the listed date and time, Officer dispatched to listed location for counterfeit money. Officer arrived and met with an employee, who stated that in the drawer, one of the bills did not look like the others and after testing did not change as supposed to. The Officer gathered information, placed the money into evidence and cleared the scene.

Sept. 14

State Route 13 South — While on patrol, Officer observed a vehicle travelling with only one working headlight. Officer turned around and activated overheads, initiating a traffic stop. Upon making contact with the driver, Officer detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. The Officer advised the driver the reason for the stop and requested the required information which was provided, the driver stating that they had a new bulb for the light but, have not had time to replace it yet. Dispatch confirmed the driver and passenger as valid and the Officer questioned the driver as to the marijuana odor in the vehicle. At this time, the occupants were asked to exit the vehicle, they complied and a search was conducted which resulted in the Officer finding marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver was cited for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and given a warning for the headlight.

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