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Driver picked up for 5th DWI; shoplifter pursued by workers

River Falls police pulled over a 41-year-old local man for a traffic stop Sunday afternoon, Aug. 24, but he ended up being tagged with his fifth drunk driving offense.

This was by Kwik Trip on North Main Street. It was found that the man’s driver’s license was suspended.

He denied drinking and said he didn’t want to go to prison for another drinking conviction.

Later he allegedly admitted to drinking somewhere between a six-pack and a 12-pack’s worth of Keystone Light beer.

The man was taken to county jail in Hudson.

His latest drunk driving case will be heard in St. Croix County Circuit Court. His driving while suspended citation will be heard next month in River Falls Municipal Court.

Police also:

--Eventually caught and arrested a 29-year-old male shoplifter from Dick’s Fresh Market, 1121 S. Main St., last Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The man, described as having a scraggly beard and wearing a black shirt and black hat, allegedly walked out of the store in the afternoon without paying for  a bottle of Kemp’s strawberry milk.

Dick’s Fresh Market workers followed the man toward Glen Park. He finally threw the strawberry milk bottle at them once they said police were on the way.

The suspect then disappeared. Police didn’t find him until that evening, at 1450 S. Wasson Lane, where he was allegedly scuffling with some juveniles on a bench.

The man, who had a Hudson address but was now believed to be homeless, was also wanted for a St. Croix County warrant.

He got a local citation for retail theft and was also taken to county jail in Hudson.

--Arrested a 56-year-old local woman for a St. Croix County warrant last week Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 19.

The woman, carrying bags and coats, was brought to the police station by someone so she could “receive help.”

But the woman said that the woman who dropped her off had frightened her by speaking in tongues.

She also said she needed to see a doctor because she had contracted MRSA, a bacterial staph infection, from crawling across cricket-infested carpeting in her apartment on bare legs that had open sores.

The woman was taken to the hospital before being sent to county jail in Hudson.

There’s more in Police Beat. Please check the Aug. 28 print issue of the River Falls Journal.