Public safety Nov. 7, 2018

Suspicious person at Oxford High

In the wee hours of the morning, around 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy was patrolling near Oxford High School when he noticed a man dressed in a long black coat walking school grounds. The man, later identified as a 37-year-old Lake Orion resident, was shouting expletives and kicking the fence near the football field, according to the report.

The officer also observed the man knock over a trash can and pound the windows on the building’s east side with closed fists. The officer ordered the man to the ground and placed him in hand cuffs without incident. The man told the officer he was having a bad night and had been drinking. He took a preliminary breath test (PBT), that showed him to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .191. The officer then asked him to leave the grounds and cited him for disorderly conduct.

Drunk driving downtown

An Oxford Village police officer noticed a car allegedly driving 42 miles an hour through downtown Oxford, which has a speed limit of 30 mph on Nov. 3. The driver, a 23-year-old Lake Orion man, was observed by police as having slurred speech, glassy eyes and dilated pupils. The man originally declined to take a PBT, but later agreed. According to the report, the test showed his BAC was .16. With this being the man’s second instance of operating under the influence, he was taken to the Oakland County Jail and his car was impounded.

Driving after a pint of vodka

On the evening of Oct. 29, an Oxford Village police officer pulled over on Burdick St. near Frosty Boy. When he pulled over, a woman came running toward his car and reported a possible drunk driver who had been driving “all over the road.” The officer got back in his car and began driving west down Burdick. When he got to the intersection of Washington and Burdick, he got behind a car in the left turn lane. According to the report, the officer observed the car turn without a turn signal and begin to weave in and out of its lane.

Upon being pulled over, the driver, a 31-year-old Oxford man, had observably bloodshot eyes and a “thousand yard stare.” When the officer asked the man how much he had to drink, he said, “a lot.” This was later determined to be a pint of vodka, which he reported to have consumed in about an hour. A PBT showed his BAC was .198 and, having a prior conviction for drunken driving, the man was taken to the Oakland County Jail.

Mass fight at Crossroads

Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Crossroads For Youth on the evening of Oct. 28 as the result of a fight that had broken out. The employee who called the authorities reported that two groups of girls had been verbally arguing over the past few days, and their altercations had been growing in intensity. That evening, a group of six girls, ranging in age from 12 to 16, allegedly broke into the dorm rooms of four other girls, ranging in age from 13 to 16, and began punching them. According to the report, employees were eventually able to stop the fight, but the group of victims had sustained injuries.

The four girls reported a mix of injuries, which included headaches, scratches, cuts and swollen faces. The injured were transported to receive medical treatment and officers gave the report to the prosecutor’s office.

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