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Stoned moped driver tests out her wings

A 20-year-old River Falls woman was arrested for driving under the influence and marijuana possession at 4 a.m. Sunday, July 21, at South Wasson and Cudd Avenue. Driving a Yamaha moped, she pulled up to an officer and was soon giggling hysterically.

The officer asked if she was doing an illegal drugs. After she stopped laughing, the woman allegedly said yes.

Did she have any? Again, yes.

The woman fetched her purse from the moped and fished out a small zippered bag that allegedly held marijuana and a glass pot pipe.

During field sobriety tests, the woman allegedly kept holding out her arms, moving and buzzing as if she were an airplane.

The officer kept asking her to be serious. The woman replied that she would try.

She ended up with a $177 municipal citation for the marijuana. Because this was her second driving under the influence violation, her case will be heard in Pierce County Circuit Court in Ellsworth.

River Falls Police also:

--Arrested a 23-year-old local woman for disorderly conduct at Bo’s ‘N’ Mine on South Main Street before midnight Sunday, July 21. Witnesses said the intoxicated woman for some reason flipped out and began overturning tables and chairs before running out the back.

She was found there, on the ground, crying, incoherent, with scraped knees. Patio furniture nearby was upended and there was broken glass.

A female friend tried to comfort and get her home. An officer assisted, but the woman allegedly began flailing her arms and swinging her fists, then she went limp, screaming and kicking.

Other officers came to help. The woman was carried to the squad car but allegedly kicked it and tried spitting at an officer.

Finally she was taken to jail. She allegedly failed booking there and tried spitting again at jailers.

--Arrested a 42-year-old rural River Falls man for drunk driving at 1 a.m. Sunday at Lewis and Maple streets. The man, who was allegedly speeding, wouldn’t pull over right away. He was finally stopped while northbound on Apollo Road.

The driver told the officer that he knew other local cops and allegedly asked that he be cut a break.

The officer replied that it didn’t matter who the man knew at the River Falls Police Department, that he was under arrest.

The arrest came after field sobriety tests. The driver was also given an $832 citation with a 1:30 p.m. Aug. 21 Municipal Court date.

--Cited a 28-year-old Detroit, Mich., man for soliciting without a permit last week Tuesday afternoon at Leroy Lane and North Winter Street. Police had taken complaints about a suspicious door-to-door salesman.

The suspect was wearing a long-sleeved dress shirt and dress pants. He said he was selling books and magazines for an organization called Graceful Hands. He added that there were others in River Falls also selling for the organization.

Because he had no local permit to sell, he was given an $88.80 citation and told to get a seller’s permit.

For more, please see Police Beat in the July 25 print edition of the River Falls Journal.