Police Blotter

Information in this column was gleaned from Port Aransas Police Department records and interviews with department personnel. Everyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Monday, March 28

10:24 a.m. • A thief made away with two fishing poles valued at a total of $200, and tried to hoist a Yeti cooler, but it was bolted to the bed of a pickup truck in the 200 block of On the Beach.

1:02 p.m. • A driver headed to Port Aransas from Aransas Pass nearly caused three head-on collisions before boarding the ferry and making it to a convenience store at the corner of Cotter Avenue and Cut-off Road where police caught up with her. The 51-year-old woman from Von Ormy failed field sobriety tests, indicating possible impaired driving. She refused a breath test, so a warrant was issued to get a blood sample. She was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI).

11:15 p.m. • Police could hear a couple yelling at a hotel in the 2600 block of State Highway 361. When the couple answered the door, police were assured the altercation was verbal, not physical. The man left for the evening, or so it seemed. He returned a few hours later to gather his belongings, but in the process broke the passenger side window of the woman’s vehicle with his hand, causing $300 in damage – to the vehicle. He was arrested for criminal mischief.

Tuesday, March 29

2:26 a.m. • A friend reported that her friend was at a hotel in the 2000 block of On the Beach with a man who wouldn’t let her leave. Police checked it out and found no signs of a fight. They were both intoxicated and were separated for the evening.

1:19 p.m. • A customer who was having work done at a location on Lantana Drive told contractors the job was taking too long, and said he would “shoot someone in the face,” which constitutes a “terroristic threat causing fear of imminent danger,” a Class B misdemeanor. No arrest was made.

Wednesday, March 30

5:51 p.m. • This sleeping ferry passenger turned out to be just sleeping, not unconscious or intoxicated. Problem was, he was driving without a valid driver’s license and was cited for such.

Thursday, March 31

1:31 a.m. • Police had difficulty rousing a man who appeared to be unconscious in the driver’s set of an F250 pickup truck while in the Whataburger drive-thru lane. The officer finally reached in and put the vehicle in park and got him to wake up. The man’s speech was slurred, and he refused to give a breath specimen, so a warrant was requested to draw blood, which was done at the police department. The truck and the man’s dog were released to the man’s father. The son faced a charge of DWI – second offense.

10:42 p.m. • A woman requested police presence in the lobby of a hotel in the 400 block of West Cotter Avenue. When officers arrived, she retrieved her belongings from her room and police waited with her until her ride arrived.

11:25 p.m. • Failure to turn on her headlights and maintain a single lane got the attention of police when a driver pulled out of a drinking establishment at East Roberts and North Alister streets. Her breath sample was .17, more than twice the legal limit of .08. The 32-year-old from Veracruz, Mexico was arrested for DWI.

Friday, April 1

11:09 a.m. • A man was arrested on four Cameron County warrants for burglary and forfeiting the bond when officers responded to a report of a person believed to be squatting in a condominium in the 1000 block of Lantana without permission.

11:17 p.m. • A golf cart was reported in the process of being stolen at Sand Castle Drive and On the Beach. The cart was left by the thief at Pole 13 on the beach, but without the keys.

11:50 p.m. • A man is looking at DWI after he cruised past an officer, who was waiting for a red light in the westbound lane of Avenue G, without headlights on. The man pulled his golf cart into the convenience store nearby, and the officer followed him. The driver had red, bloodshot eyes and his speech was slurred. He failed field sobriety tests and blew a .21 when given a breath test. The legal limit is .08. Also, the 30-year-old man from Cotulla had two active warrants, one from Bexar County for interfering with an emergency call, and another from La Salle County for bodily injury to a family member. He was arrested for DWI and the outstanding warrants.

Saturday, April 2

2:59 a.m. • A 52-year-old San Antonio woman, who first said her friend threw her things over the balcony of a condominium in the 800 block of Sandcastle Drive, was arrested for public intoxication (PI). She smelled strongly of consumed alcohol and changed her story several times. She had nowhere to go, so she was taken to the police department.

7:26 a.m. • Hey – that’s my golf cart! A man saw a juvenile driving down the road at Station Street and Avenue J and realized the kid was driving his golf cart. Police caught up with the 16-year-old Port Aransas boy and took him to the Juvenile Justice Center in Corpus Christi.

8:10 a.m. • Officers responded to the 200 block of Marina Drive in response to a report of a deceased individual. See story this page.

8:49 a.m. • A homeowner reported a stolen golf cart in the 300 block of Glendale. It had last been seen at 9:30 p.m. the night before in the same area where a juvenile had been arrested for stealing a golf cart earlier that morning. The cart, valued at $8,000, was recovered by the owner. It was not damaged and there were no witnesses.

12:41 p.m. • A 38-year-old Port Aransas woman was arrested for PI at the baseball field at Port Aransas Community Park. Police said she had been coaching Little League while intoxicated. She became uncooperative when she was stopped by police as she attempted to put her small children in a vehicle and drive away. She was arrested for PI and her children were released to a friend who was at the park.

2:35 p.m. • Three officers and the EMS responded to the 300 block of J.C. Barr Boulevard on a report of a suspicious person. A man wearing a Hawaiian shirt was lying on the ground and would not let anyone touch him. He was transported by ambulance to Christus Spohn Bay Area Hospital.

5:20 p.m. • A golf cart rear-ended the vehicle in front of it in the 500 block South Alister Street. No injuries were reported, and drivers exchanged information.

7:12 p.m. • A woman reported her cell phone, which she’d wrapped in a towel and left on the beach, was stolen while she went down by the water. She attempted to track the phone through an app, which showed it was in the areas of the vehicle parked next to her. However, the phone was turned off before she got a pinpoint. She was unable to locate the $1,000 phone.

Sunday, April 3

1:49 a.m. • Police observed a vehicle with no tail lights pull into a construction site on Beach Access Road 1A at State Highway 361. When the officer stopped him, he had bloodshot, watery eyes and his speech was slurred. He told the officer he’d had an argument with his wife on the beach. When she walked away, he went looking for her. He refused sobriety testing, so a warrant was issued for a blood draw. The 38-year-old man from San Antonio has two DWI convictions and now has at least a third DWI arrest.

2:04 a.m. • A man driving a golf cart and making a U-turn when GPS re-routed him fell out in mid-turn. The 21-year-old man from San Angelo wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. He was checked for minor injuries and released by the EMS.

8:10 a.m. • They got away with nothing and left the business owner with a $200 repair bill when someone attempted to break into a shed behind a business in the 100 block of Alister Street. The hinges on the doors were damaged.

3:41 p.m. • Something made her feel like dancing, and that’s how police found a 29-year-old Portland woman – dancing on the beach next to the open driver’s side door of her car. Police got a call about a vehicle speeding on the beach around Pole 8, and caught up with the woman at Pole 19.5 – dancing. The vehicle was impounded and the woman was arrested for P.I.

6:49 p.m. • A person riding in a golf cart fell out when the driver, who was traveling west on Beach Access Road 1A, turned right on to 11th Street. The person was not wearing a seatbelt and refused treatment against medical advice.

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