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Pumpkin Attacks, a Deportation Theft and Runaway Vehicles: Blotter

This is a selection of incidents from the files of the Eden Prairie Police Department.

Traffic accidents

  • A 22-year-old Hopkins man accidentally rolled his car into a house when he stopped to refill his vehicle in the 10000 block of Mount Curve Road at 12:05 a.m. Nov. 14. The man parked his 2006 Mazda on the south side of the road facing east and got out to get gas. After he exited, though, the vehicle started rolling backward. He tried to get back into the vehicle but was unsuccessful. The car rolled into the front yard and hit the southeast corner of the home—knocking out some landscaping lights and causing minor damage to the vehicle’s rear bumper. Police did not issue any tickets.
  • Drivers on Prairie Center Drive got a surprise at 4:36 p.m. Nov. 11 when two Chevrolet Silverados came off of the flatbed trailer they were being towed on. The 24-year-old Eden Prairie driver—who was driving a truck owned by Sierra Mountain Express of Clackamas, OR—hit a curve while turning from Prairie Center Drive onto the eastbound Highway 212 ramp. The two trucks, owned by Suburban Chevrolet, fell off the trailer after he hit the curb. One was halfway off, and the other had flipped onto its top and hit a sign. The man said he’d strapped down each vehicle with two straps but the straps broke. No one was hurt, and no other vehicles were involved. Officers ticketed the man for improper load securement.

Vandalism

  • A 63-year-old man and 64-year-old woman said they were watching TV in the family room of their Travois Road home at 9:35 p.m. Nov. 9 when they heard a loud boom and were nearly hit by broken glass. Five to 10 seconds later, they heard another loud noise. They later learned that someone threw a pumpkin through their family room window and smashed a large rock into their truck windshield. The pumpkin was not theirs. They saw a vehicle take off but were unable to get a description, although officers did process the pumpkin for fingerprints. The victims thought the incident was random.
  • A 63-year-old Mound woman told police someone threw a large rock through the rear window of her vehicle while it was parked in the 12000 block of Oxbow Drive between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Nothing was disturbed or missing in the vehicle.

Theft

  • A woman said she discovered a man’s red 1994 Camaro had been stolen Nov. 19. He’d been deported to Mexico on Nov. 7 and asked her to pick up the car. When she went to the 8000 block of Darnel Road, where it had been parked in a driveway, it wasn’t there. The car’s has Minnesota license plate 377-JNJ.

Drugs

  • Police found a glass pipe with burnt marijuana and a small plastic bag with 1.6 grams of marijuana at 9:17 a.m. Nov. 9 after they stopped vehicle for speeding at Flying Cloud Drive and Anderson Lakes Parkway. They ticketed him for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

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