Police: Man punches 16-year-old driver in Stillwater

Punch and run

A Bayport man was formally charged with fifth-degree assault after a confrontation with a 16-year-old.

Stillwater police received reports of an assault on the 100 block of South Sherburne Street. The victim was a 16-year-old who told police the man, identified in reports as Mark Matthew Bell, had pulled up next to him, come out of his vehicle and had a verbal altercation with the victim regarding his driving conduct. The victim said he was talking with Bell through the window of his car when Bell punched him in the ear.

Police reports state that Bell did complain to police about the 16-year-old’s driving conduct, saying the 16-year-old had backed out of the lot directly in front of his vehicle.

Bell told police that he continued to tailgate the car in front of him and then got out of his vehicle to let the 16-year-old know that his driving conduct wasn’t appreciated. Bell told police that during the confrontation the 16-year-old flipped him off and said he was very loud but didn’t throw any punches and left the scene prior to being stopped by police.

Police reports state that the 16-year-old’s ear was reddened when they spoke with him, though no medical attention was necessary.

DWI double whammy

The Stillwater Police Department and Oak Park Heights Police Department arrested two people in the same car for DWI Dec. 28.

Those arrested were a 23-year-old male from Stillwater and a 21-year-old female from Bayport.

The male allegedly crashed into a car in Stillwater and then left the scene. Then the Oak Park Heights Police Department found a car that fit the description and stopped it. The female, who was driving at the time of the stop, was arrested by Oak Park Heights police for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police later determined that the pair had swapped seats after the initial crash. The male passenger registered a 0.19 blood alcohol count on a Breathalyzer. The legal limit for driving is 0.08. Charges are pending the result of a urine test.

Sentence to Serve check

An Oakdale man was brought to Fleet Farm to be picked up by his mother after arriving at Sentence to Serve Headquarters intoxicated Dec. 22.

Stillwater police responded to a call from Sentence to Serve in Stillwater when the man arrived in his vehicle smelling like alcohol. The man blew a 0.20 in a Breathalyzer test. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

No one saw the man drive his motor vehicle, but it was in the parking lot of the Sentence to Serve building, and the man admitted to driving it.

The man was released without incident at Fleet Farm to wait for his mother.

Gas station incident

On Dec. 24 a gas station employee at Lucky’s on Greeley reported that a male had become upset with a pump that was pumping slowly. The man told the employee that he didn’t get his money’s worth of gas, because his gauge hadn’t moved when he put 2.5 gallons of gas into a Lincoln Navigator.

After being told what was wrong with the pump again, the man became belligerent. The employee told the man to leave and not return, police reports say, but the man continued his tirade and left quickly when he realized the police had been called. The plate information collected from the employee did not match the car that was described, and the employee was asked to call if the man returned.