Blame the GPS & Black Bear in Solon: Best of the Blotter
Here are some of the weirdest police reports from departments across the region
Here are this week's most bizarre police calls, reports and charges. All information was provided by police reports from departments in Patch communities. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Blame it on technology: A Broadview Heights woman overlooked her .111 blood-alcohol content level on Aug. 26 when she explained to Westlake Police why she drove the wrong way on Interstate 90.
Who deserved the blame? Her GPS, of course.
That's what 26-year-old Jacqueline Kovach told police after she was stopped at 2:34 a.m. Police arrested her for drunk driving, an open container, no seat belt and willful and wanton disregard for safety. She drove west in the eastbound lanes near the Columbia Road overpass.
According to police, Kovach argued that there were worse drunks on the roads than her.
Bear in Solon: A young bear has been getting around these days — or are there two?
Police aren't sure if a bear that was caught in a tree in Bedford Tuesday is the same one seen in Solon two days later. A man sent WEWS Channel 5 some pictures of a bear running across his street on Thursday. Click here to see the pictures. Several websites also reported that the bear was in Warrensville Heights this week.
Private parts in a parking lot: A Northfield man exposed himself to a female driver Sept. 2 as she backed out of a spot in the Solon Giant Eagle parking lot.
The 58-year-old woman took down his license plate number and called police at 2:13 p.m. While she called, police pulled over Matthew D. Thomas, 25, for driving through a stop sign. Police soon realized Thomas fit the woman's description and arrested him for public indecency, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
You can't stay: A man wearing nothing but underwear could not understand the terms of his Beachwood Clarion Hotel stay last weekend.
Police said the man walked around the hotel lobby Sept. 1, grabbing and harassing employees because he was mad that he could not stay another night. Beachwood Police kicked the man out, but he left without facing charges.
Skipping out at Austin's: A Cleveland woman and East Cleveland man were charged with petty theft by deception Aug. 29 in Brecksville for consuming $104 worth of food and drinks without paying.
The woman told police that she explained to a hostess at Austin's Wood Fire Grille that she only had 50 cents before eating. The employee said they made no such agreement. The 50-year-old East Cleveland man said he came because the woman, who he met at a soup kitchen, offered to treat him to dinner.
The bill shows they ordered soups, sides, steaks and alcohol.
Hot commodities: Toothbrushes and dog food flew off the shelves Aug. 21 at Walgreens in Shaker Heights.
First, police arrested a 56-year-old woman stealing six $1 cans of dog food. Officers later chased down a man for taking four toothbrushes from the store. They brought him back to the store and employees said he was Oral-B culprit.