Two UMPD traffic stops turn up marijuana

Also, Minneapolis police broke up a disruptive Dinkytown party.

Ethan Nelson

In two separate cases over the weekend, traffic stops ended in arrests and citations for marijuana possession.

In one incident at about 1 a.m. Sunday, University of Minnesota police stopped a pickup truck traveling southbound on 14th Avenue Southeast for making an illegal left turn, according to a police report.

The driver, who wasn’t a University student, had a breath alcohol content of .10, the police report said, and was booked at Hennepin County Jail for driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and having an open container of alcohol in the car.

Though DWIs are fairly common on weekends, University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said, students are rarely arrested for them.

Miner said the driver told the arresting officer that there was marijuana in the truck.

“That’s a little uncommon,” he said. “He was a nice, honest guy.”

Two of the truck’s passengers were University students, and the report said they were cited for drinking underage. One of the passengers was uncooperative with police, the report said, and he was booked at Hennepin County Jail while the other was released.

Miner said people are often arrested if the officer believes they may continue to commit criminal conduct. Since one of the students was uncooperative with responding officers, they arrested him to prevent further crime.

A fourth passenger was found lying in the truck’s bed, the report said, and he was sober.

“It’s too bad he wasn’t the one driving,” Miner said.

Also early Sunday, at about 2 a.m., a driver was pulled over for driving the wrong way down a one-way street in the Stadium Village neighborhood, according to a police report.

During a routine check, the report said, University police officers found that the driver had a misdemeanor warrant from Stearns County, which led to her being booked at Hennepin County Jail.

The report said the woman’s car was towed and impounded. Later, a search of the vehicle turned up small amounts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Miner said.

The woman was cited for a narcotics violation, drug paraphernalia possession and the traffic violation that led to the initial stop, the report said.

Miner said it’s common for police to find marijuana in cars through a search after the vehicle is impounded.

Dinkytown party broken up

Minneapolis police responded to a call about a disruptive party on 11th Avenue Southeast shortly after midnight on Saturday, according to a police report.

When officers arrived on scene, the report said they could hear music and voices 50 feet away from the house, and they saw several people urinating on a neighboring house.

The officers observed dozens of people inside the house they were called to, the report said, and when they tried to speak to the partygoers, they refused to answer the door.

According to the report, the responding officers eventually located the house’s residents — two University students — who said they were throwing a birthday party that got out of hand. The two students were cited for noisy assembly and released.

Most calls about disruptive parties that University police officers respond to are in residence halls, Miner said.

“Usually people in residence halls are pretty cooperative with us,” he said.