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St. Paul Park Police: Heritage Days calls up

One intoxicated man was caught wandering through the street dance with his pants open, exposing himself. Another was found passed out and cuddled up next to booya kettles. Still another urinated on a building while a police officer stood nearby. And a woman was so drunk that police watched two men drag her out of a bar by her arms.

Those were among the alcohol-induced incidents that police responded to during the recent St. Paul Park Heritage Days festival, Aug. 16-18. With well over 30 emergencies or calls requiring police assistance, there was roughly twice the amount of police activity than was experienced at last year's festival, St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan said.

Many of the incidents occurred around the street dance Saturday night, when alcohol is allowed in a designated area around Broadway Avenue.

Here are some of the incidents and arrests, according to recently compiled police reports:

-- A police officer on patrol about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of Broadway Avenue saw people arguing in front of Park Place Bar and then saw a man on the ground. A St. Paul Park man was poised in a fighting position and circling a group of people who were standing around the victim. The suspect ran when an officer approached. Police followed him and told him to stop, but the suspect kept running and officers lost sight of him.

-- Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, police reported hearing yelling from the outdoor "smoking coop" at Franke's Bar, 304 Broadway Ave., and seeing a possible fight. Bartenders were calling 911. A Woodbury woman had been physically assaulted, but the suspect fled.

-- A 21-year-old St. Paul Park man was found drinking beer outside Franke's Bar at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, in violation of city ordinance. (Street drinking was allowed later that day.) The man gave four excuses for why he shouldn't be cited, including that he owned a home. He was ticketed for public alcohol consumption.

-- A Cottage Grove man who had been told to leave a bar following an altercation early Saturday later was seen stumbling near Fourth Street and Seventh Avenue, at one point falling in a yard. Police found him and he was able to walk to a friend's apartment.

-- Police were called to Third Street and Eighth Avenue about 2 a.m. Saturday for an intoxicated 20-year-old Cottage Grove man. The man said he had been drinking at a St. Paul Park bar and his friends took his car because they didn't want him driving. He blew a .20 blood-alcohol concentration, more than twice the legal limit. He called his mother to pick him up.

-- A 25-year-old St. Paul Park man was cited for public alcohol consumption after he was found drinking beer in the 600 block of Third Street shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday.

-- Police and EMTs responded to Broadway and Summit avenues during the parade Saturday for an 80-year-old with chest pain. Paramedics assisted the patient.

-- A juvenile female needed medical assistance at SuperAmerica, 545 Summit Ave., after she fell and hit her head while participating in a gymnastics routine in the parade. She was transported to an area hospital for evaluation.

-- A 23-year-old Cottage Grove man was walking near the street dance at 7:30 p.m. with his pants open, exposing himself. "This incident occurred during the annual Heritage Days street dance, which makes high amounts of alcohol readily available to the public for consumption on public streets. (The suspect) obviously took part in the festivities..." an officer wrote. The man had a blood-alcohol concentration of .33, more than four times the legal limit. He was ticketed for indecent exposure and transported to a Hastings detox facility.

-- A police officer saw a group of people carrying wine and beer shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday at least four blocks away from where public drinking is allowed along Broadway Avenue. A Cottage Grove man, a Lonsdale, Minn., woman and a St. Paul Park woman were cited for public alcohol consumption.

-- Three Cottage Grove men and a Cottage Grove woman were found walking with open alcohol bottles about 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Third Street and Seventh Avenue, outside the legal street drinking area. They were all cited for public alcohol consumption.

-- An assault involving juveniles was reported about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at First Street and Seventh Avenue. Further information was not available.

-- Police were called to Franke's Bar after 9:30 p.m. Saturday for a Bloomington man who was highly intoxicated. An officer found the man sitting on the sidewalk outside the bar; he was unable to stand up without help. He had a blood-alcohol concentration of .233, nearly three times the legal limit. His sober brother drove him home.

-- A Washington County sheriff's deputy working at Heritage Days found a man sleeping in a vehicle at 9:45 p.m. Saturday near Veterans Memorial Park at 500 Fourth Ave. The deputy couldn't wake the man inside the locked vehicle, so he used a tool to open the vehicle and then woke the St. Paul man. The deputy contacted someone to take custody of the man.

-- A police officer saw a 44-year-old Newport man urinating on the side of a building at 585 Fourth Street about 9:50 p.m. Saturday. The officer stood next to the suspect until he was done urinating and then asked why he didn't use one of the bathrooms at Heritage Days. The man apologized and said the lines were too long. He was cited for disorderly conduct-public urination.

-- Police went behind the American Legion, 328 Broadway Ave., about 10:15 p.m. Saturday to handle a drunk suspect. A 49-year-old St. Paul Park man was lying in the back seat of a vehicle. He got out of the vehicle and said he was 20 years older than the officer so he wasn't going to answer questions. The suspect aggressively pushed his fingers toward the officer and was eventually apprehended by three police. He was transported to the Washington County jail and cited for disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.

-- A 26-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for disorderly conduct after he reportedly was causing problems at the street dance stage about 10:20 p.m. Saturday. He was intoxicated.

-- Police were called to the American Legion shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday on a report of a man who had been assaulted and was sitting on a bench outside behind the bar. Police found the man, who had injuries to his face that were consistent with having been punched. He appeared very intoxicated. The man was transported to Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury for evaluation.

-- A 43-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for disorderly conduct "due to his inebriated actions" at the street dance about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the police report. He had a blood-alcohol concentration of .213, more than twice the legal limit.

-- A police reserve officer found a man heavily intoxicated about 12:20 a.m. Sunday at Fifth Street and Broadway Avenue. Police talked to the Eagan man, who said he had "way too much to drink" and had a hard time walking. He had a blood-alcohol concentration of .277, more than three times the legal limit. His sober friend took him and was going to look after him for the night.

-- Shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, a police officer saw a car pull up to the Broadway Bar and watched three people -- two men and a woman -- get out and run into the bar. The men came out carrying a St. Paul Park woman by her arms as her feet dragged on the street. They put her in the car. The officer stopped the group, and the men said the woman had too much and was very intoxicated. They were going to bring her home. The unconscious woman's mother then approached the officer and said she thought her daughter might need to be checked out at a hospital. She was transported by ambulance to Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury.

-- A St. Paul Park man called 911 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday from SuperAmerica. Police arrived and the man told them he was drunk and felt like he was going to die. He had a blood-alcohol concentration of .244, just over three times the legal limit. He was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul to be evaluated.

-- Police were chasing a 20-year-old Cottage Grove man near the St. Paul Park Post Office, 619 Third St., about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He was told multiple times to stop running but continued to flee, so an officer shot him with a Taser gun. He stopped and was arrested for obstructing the legal process and fleeing on foot.

-- A 26-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for assault and disorderly conduct shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday at Park Place Bar, following a reported assault in the bar.

-- American Legion bar staff reported shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday that they found a man sleeping next to the booya kettles outside the bar. The 21-year-old Cottage Grove man was awakened by police. He had a blood-alcohol concentration of .223, nearly three times the legal limit. He was transported to a Hastings detox facility.

-- Police were called at 3 a.m. Sunday to Fourth Street and Ninth Avenue for a vehicle fire. Police and firefighters found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames. It was owned by a St. Paul Park man.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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