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, April 11

2:22 a.m. A golf cart seen being driven by a couple of kids at Pole 9 at the beach was reported stolen. The golf cart, sans the kids, was found at Pole 10.

2:52 a.m. • Police drove the length of the beach searching for a sex offender who had been camping on the beach just outside the Port Aransas city limits near Pole 61. There was no indication the person was still camping there.

5:34 p.m. • A man reported a guitar pedal board with about 10 pedals, a nylon briefcase and other items valued at $1,931 were reported stolen. The owner wasn’t sure where the items were taken from or just when they were stolen other than between April 9 and 11.

9:48 p.m. • A 37-year-old man from Dripping Springs was arrested for violating a protective order after a traffic stop in the 1800 block of State Highway 361. He was stopped for swerving in and out of his lane. His passenger was the subject of the protective order.

Tuesday, April 12

8:23 a.m. • A man staying at a hotel in the 100 block of Alister Street complained that a man came into his room and demanded to watch a video. But when police arrived, the guest back-tracked on his story because he didn’t want to get his buddy in trouble.

9:51 a.m. and 9:59 a.m. • Rattlesnakes were cozying up to exterior HVAC units in 600 block of Shoreline Circle and then in the 100 block of La Joya. Two officers responded to the first call, and the second call brought three officers.

10:28 a.m. • One vehicle pulled out of a construction area and struck another at Avenue I and Ninth Street. Both parties elected to go to area hospitals on their own, but one driver, a 39-year-old Corpus Christi man, was issued citations for no insurance and no driver’s license.

11:20 p.m. • A man was repor ted screaming in the parking lot of a condominium in the 800 block of Sand Castle Drive. He wasn’t making any sense and could not make a complete sentence. He got in a car and swerved around the parking lot, then drove south on the beach. Police caught up with him at Pole 15 where he was stopped in the middle of the road. He smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. He would lose track of what he was saying and could not follow instructions. He failed field sobriety tests and refused to give a breath sample. A warrant to take blood was obtained and test results will be back in a few weeks. The 51-year-old man from Leander was arrested for DWI (driving while intoxicated).

Wednesday, April 13

2:55 p.m. • Police were keeping an eye out for a man who called his wife and said he was going to commit suicide.

Thursday, April 14

3:14 a.m. • Officers went to the 500 block of 10th Street to make sure a woman who called 911 crying about things that happened in the past was OK.

1:53 p.m. • A grandparent reported an 18-year-old grandson with a mental disability was missing from the 1100 block of Whispering Sands. His name was entered in the missing persons data base, but it is believed he is in Corpus Christi or Flour Bluff.

4:52 p.m. • The driver of a golf cart between the bollards and the water at Pole 9 was unaware that he was not supposed to drive the golf cart there. He is now.

10:38 p.m. • A woman “wearing a dress and acting strange” in the lobby of a hotel in the 700 block of South 11th Street told police there was “crazy high energy” in her room. She decided she would go to a hotel off the island.

Friday, April 15

3:30 a.m. • How did he know it was a Harley? A man reported that he saw a man with a gun who left on a Harley and came back. The man admitted he’d only seen shadows and police said, “he did show signs of intoxication.”

7:13 p.m. • A citation was issued at Pole 3 on the beach for violation of the city’s three-day limit on camping on the beach. A 62-year-old man from Azle had been around since after Spring Break (March 12 – 20). He was issued a citation since he’d been given a warning on March 24.

Saturday, April 16

12:27 a.m. • A 26-year-old woman from Pearland was passed out, then awoke and lost her dinner inside her vehicle while in the drive-thru lane at a fast-food restaurant in the 700 block of State Highway 361. She was unstable when she got out of her vehicle and failed a field sobriety test. She refused to give a breath sample and, after a warrant to draw blood was obtained, gave police blood samples. She was taken into custody for DWI.

12:04 p.m. • A taxi driver alerted police to a fare who had blood on him in the 1800 block of South 11th Street. The man had caused a verbal disturbance and cut his arm but didn’t hurt anyone else. He refused to interact with police and was taken by EMS to Christus Spohn Bay Area Hospital. He was committed for three days for psychiatric evaluation.

5:43 p.m. • On the second of two calls about a 40-year- old man from Denton, he was charged with PI (public intoxication) at Pole 31 on the beach. The man had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. The first time police checked, he’d been in the water and was not causing problems. But the second time, police felt the issues would continue or get worse. He was making obscene hand gestures that were irritating people in the area.

6:12 p.m. • A 45-year-old man from Buda was charged with PI in the 2700 block of State Highway 361. Police got a report of a man stumbling into traffic. He was found on the east sidewalk in the 2200 block of the highway. When the officer turned his vehicle around, the man ran across to the other side of the highway. He was extremely intoxicated and was taken into custody.

9:41 p.m. • A person riding an electric scooter at Oleander and Oakes streets struck a rock in the road. He was taken by ambulance to a Rockport medical facility.

10:40 p.m. • A man with a gun was reported in the 700 block of Beach Access Road 1A. When five officers responded, the man who called said he could hear someone yelling, “Put the gun down.” It was a verbal argument and no offenses were observed.

11:32 p.m. • When an officer went into a convenience store in the 3500 block of State Highway 361, he heard a woman talking loudly and making racial slurs at the clerk, who was a Black male. She appeared to be very intoxicated and the clerk had seen her drive a golf cart to the store. Police attempted to call her a taxi, but she said she would walk. She was again offered a taxi, but she held out her hands and asked to be taken to jail. She didn’t give a location where she could be taken, so the officer eventually gave in, arrested the 36-year-old woman from Utopia and took her to jail.

Sunday, April 17

7:54 a.m. • A 24-year-old man from Gonzales was arrested for PI at a hotel in the 2600 block of State Highway 361. The man, who appeared intoxicated, was not able to stand in one place. Police contacted their colleagues in Gonzales and learned the man is “kind of slow” and has a mental disability. Bars and liquor stores in Gonzales know not to sell to him. While booking the man, a family member called to say they’d been looking for him. He was released to his sister.

9:57 a.m. • The burglary of a vehicle was reported at an RV park in the 200 block of Cotter Avenue. Stolen was $75 in cash out of a wallet and a .38-special revolver valued at $750. The vehicle was unlocked and there were no witnesses and no video.

10:29 a.m. • A 6-year-old boy reported missing for 30 minutes at Pole 25 on the beach was found at Pole 9 and reunited with his family.

11:21 am. • A man who was trying to check in to a hotel in the 100 block of Alister Street where no rooms were available, said property he was storing in an alley behind the inn was stolen. The property, which he said was valued at $10,000, included a clothing bag, luggage bag, satchel, a 160-year-old clock, jewelry, jewelry boxes and an alligator suitcase. Police took a report.

4:16 p.m. • Someone took a Big Green Egg Grill and stand with a combined value of $1,000 from the 300 block of East Avenue G.

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