Public Safety Report
Aug. 9, 2012
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Woman arrested for public intoxication

A Moab woman was arrested July 30 after police found her lying in the gutter near a curb at a local grocery store. Officers responded to the call at about 10 p.m. and found the woman as well as a man lying on the ground.

The investigating officer reported that the woman had slurred speech, appeared intoxicated and could not stand up, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department. The man who was with the woman also appeared intoxicated, but he was able to stand, but appeared disoriented and did not know how he got to the parking lot, according to the report.

Police helped the woman to her feet and placed her into a patrol car. She was arrested for public intoxication and transported to Grand County Jail.

Stranger found sleeping in woman’s home

A Moab woman contacted police on July 31 to report that she found a man she did not know sleeping on her couch. The man, 25, was still asleep when police arrived, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department. The investigating officer reported that the man appeared to be intoxicated.

Police woke the man and he “apologized for the mistake” according to the report. The woman accepted the apology and declined to file charges. Police gave the man a ride home, helped him to his door and waited until he went inside before leaving the scene. The man was warned to not repeat the mistake because others might not be so forgiving and he could end up injured or in jail, according to the report.

Car stolen from local bar

A Moab woman contacted police on July 30 to report that her vehicle had been stolen sometime in the night after her boyfriend left it parked overnight at a local tavern. The boyfriend told police he had borrowed the vehicle from his girlfriend but walked home because he had been drinking.

He said he left the 1998 Saturn parked in the bar’s parking lot with the keys in the ignition, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department. The woman reported that the vehicle had significant damage to the front left side. Police entered the Saturn into the stolen vehicle database, according to the report.

Police suspect same culprit in two bike thefts

An employee of a local grocery store reported his bicycle stolen on Aug. 2 at about 2:45 p.m. The man told police he parked the white Gary Fisher bike in a bike rack but did not lock it that morning. When he came outside later, the bike was gone, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department. About two hours later, the man called police to say that his wife found his bicycle in the bike rack at the Grand County Public Library and took it home, according to the report.

At about 4 p.m. the same day a different man contacted police to report that his Schwinn bicycle had been stolen from the library bike rack, according to a separate report. The officer who investigated that theft gave the man a ride home and then, following up on information about the first bike theft, he went to the grocery store where that theft occurred. There, the officer found the Schwinn bicycle that had been stolen from the library. That bike was parked in the grocery store’s bike rack, according to the report.

Police are reviewing recordings from the store’s security cameras to see if a suspect can be identified, according to the report.

Colorado man arrested for drug possession

A Colorado man was arrested Aug. 5 after his vehicle was pulled over by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper for an equipment violation. While at the driver’s window, the trooper smelled the “strong odor” of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to a report from the UHP.

The trooper searched the vehicle and found approximately six ounces of marijuana, according to the report. The man, 64, from Lafayette, Colo., was arrested for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. He was transported to the Grand County Jail and booked on the charges, according to the report.

Moab man arrested on DUI charge

A Moab man was arrested Aug. 4 after a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped the man’s vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign. The trooper saw the driver run the stop sign at 500 West and 400 North in Moab, according to a UHP report.  

After talking with the driver, the trooper suspected the man had been drinking, according to the report. The man, 32, failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the report. He was booked into Grand County Jail.

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