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Curbs, sidewalks don’t impede woman in van

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Witnesses say a 42-year-old local man was running for his life while a female in a burgundy van pursued him onto the sidewalk and through yards, screaming at him to get back inside. This neighborhood disturbance occurred during the middle of the afternoon Saturday, June 29, at North Fourth and East Cedar streets.

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One lady was reading a book in her yard when the van, tires screeching, allegedly shot by on her sidewalk. The lady soon called 911.

Another witness saw a fleeing middle-aged man jump behind a tree to avoid being hit by the van. After the danger passed, he took off sprinting again.

In a short, River Falls Police arrived, then chased the van and stopped the driver, a 33-year-old local woman, at Third and Maple streets.

The woman, with four children passengers, told an officer she was after her 42-year-old fiancé who’d been drinking at the bowling alley, then gotten out of the van.

She wanted him back before he got into more trouble. She added that her fiancé has a warrant for his arrest so she didn’t want police to find him.

In fact, police never did find the runaway fiancé.

The woman’s erratic driving allegedly damaged some lawns.

She was released after being given a $303 citation for reckless driving that endangered safety.

Police also:

--Arrested a 34-year-old local woman for her alleged role in a three-way fight at the bar of St. Croix Lanes bowling alley Saturday night, June 29.

Two women appear to have picked on another woman, tossing a drink at her and claiming the woman was a “homewrecker” for sleeping with another woman’s husband.

The fighting had stopped and the bar was cleared by the time officers arrived.

However, the 34-year-old woman was still allegedly out of control, drunk and cursing loudly while sitting outside on the sidewalk. She was finally given a $177 disorderly conduct citation.

--Arrested a 21-year-old Hammond man for felony bail jumping, drunk driving, reckless driving, and hit-and-run last week Monday, June 24, at Grove and Division streets.

The man allegedly drifted across the center line and into the westbound lane of a 49-year-old rural River Falls man who was pulling a horse trailer with his pickup truck.

In the collision, the Hammond man’s car struck the rear of the trailer and busted off a tire.

The pickup driver said he had honked and pulled to the side of the road, but the other driver seemed oblivious before crashing.

The suspect was later found near Jensen Auto Body, 100 block of West Cedar Street. He had driven over by a large shed near the woods by the Kinnickinnic River and was walking away when an officer came up and ordered him to stop.

The man’s behavior was described as very odd. His pants were dirty and had blood stains.

He was shocked to learn that he was in River Falls. He had guessed Stillwater, Minn.

The man told police he must have fallen asleep when the crash happened. When he woke he didn’t know anything.

The man was taken to county jail in Hudson. He was given county and municipal citations.

For more, please see Police Beat in the July 4 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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