Police Log: Officer Witnesses Aggressive Driving Incident on Maple
The following arrest information was supplied by the Vienna Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
A Reston man was charged with aggressive driving Sept. 14 after a Vienna Police officer witnessed the incident on Maple Avenue, police said.
An officer was stopped at at a traffic light while traveling westbound on the 400 block of Maple Avenue around 3:45 p.m. Sept. 14 when he observed an oncoming taxi drift to touch the dotted white line that divides the lanes, according to the police report.
The driver of the vehicle next to the taxi honked his horn, and the taxi driver honked back. The other vehicle, which also had a baby in the vehicle, then accelerated changed lanes to cut the cab off, and slammed on its brakes, according to the police report. The taxi also slammed on its brakes to avoid hitting the other vehicle. Both vehicles left skid marks.
The officer identified the driver of the second vehicle and obtained a warrant for David Meechan, 43, of Vantage Hill Road in Reston. Meechan responded to the station where the warrant was served and he was released on his signature, according to the report.
Other highlights from the Vienna Police Department Log, Sept. 7 to 20:
- An employee of Washington Holy Mountain Presbyterian Church, 1014 Country Club Drive NE, reported a former member had obtained the church's tax information between noon July 1 and noon Sept. 17. The former member was found to have used the information to fraudulently open bank accounts. This case is being investigated.
- A resident on the 1000 block of Westwood Drive NE reported she lost a ring while traveling in Europe between midnight Sept. 4 and midnight Sept. 12.
- A citizen reported an unknown person had gone through an abandoned house on the 100 block of Ayr Hill Avenue NW between 9 a.m. Sept. 13 and 11:17 a.m. Sept. 14 and shattered several of the windows. The house is scheduled to be torn down in a week.
- A citizen reported she was approached in the parking lot of CVS around 1 p.m. Sept. 13 by a woman who said she found a wallet lying next to her car. The citizen said the wallet was not hers. The woman opened the wallet to reveal a large amount of cash and offered to split it with the citizen, but only if the citizen would give her $500 first. They went to the parking lot of 7-11, 437 Maple Avenue East, and the citizen gave the woman the money. The woman disappeared with all of the money and did not return. This case is being investigated. NOTE: This is a common criminal scheme. Be extremely cautious when approached by strangers offering large amounts of money. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- A resident reported her vehicle had been broken into between 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14 on the 400 block of Center Street North. The resident found her car door and center console had been left open. She left to go to work and didn't realize until later that her purse was stolen, along with several credit cards. This case is being investigated.
- A resident's vehicle on the 400 block of Dominion Drive SE was found to be damaged by an unknown person between 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 3 p.m. Sept. 15.
- An alert resident going for a walk located a purse and several of its contents strew about the roadway on the 600 block of John Marshall Road NW between 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 14. She contacted the police and PFC Vazquez responded to take the property for safekeeping. A short time later, the owner of the purse called the police to report her vehicle's passenger window had been broken and her purse was taken from the vehicle. PFC Vazquez went to the residence and found several more items in the roadway. A GPS was also stolen. This case is being investigated.
- While on patrol an officer observed a man stumbling down the sidewalk on the 500 block of Maple Avenue West around 12:25 a.m. Sept. 14. The man nearly stumbled into traffic and then almost fell as he attempted to rebalance himself. The officer made contact with the man and, after seeing several signs of intoxication, arrested Salvador Nolasco Claros, 52, of no fixed address, for drunk in public. Claros was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where he will be released once he is sober.
- An officer observed a car parked crookedly on a median in the parking lot of Marshall Road Elementary School, 730 Marshall Road SW around 1:38 a.m. Sept. 14. He approached the car and found a driver asleep behind the wheel with the ignition still on. The officer noticed the driver was extremely lethargic and uncooperative during their interaction, but it did not appear the driver was intoxicated. The officer called Fairfax County Fire and Rescue to respond so that any medical issues could be ruled out, but the driver refused to be seen. He also refused to provide any explanation for why he was on school property or why he was in the area. William P. Davey, 48, of Uxbridge Court in Springfield, was charged with trespassing on school property and was released on his signature.
- An officer responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle on the 400 block of West Street NW around 2:07 p.m. Sept. 14. Notice was given to the owner that he had to move the vehicle within 10 days or it would be towed.
- Officer Seitz responded to the area of Patrick Henry Library for reports of an intoxicated male initially refusing to leave around 3:31 p.m. Sept. 14. Upon the Seitz's arrival, the man had already left and was walking toward Whole Foods, 143 Maple Avenue East. Officer Ruddy located the man stumbling down an aisle inside the Whole Foods and stuffing a bottle of wine down his pants. John T. Mills, 56, of Nelson Drive NE in Vienna was escorted outside where Officer Seitz placed him under arrest for drunk in public. He was transported to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center where he will be released once he was sober.
- An officer responded to a residence on the 600 block of Thelma Circle SW around 4:02 p.m. Sept. 14. to assist a woman with an addiction to prescription medication. The woman and her parents requested help getting the woman into a rehabilitation program. The officer transported the woman to Fairfax Hospital so she could receive the help she needs.
- An alert citizen reported a suspicious vehicle parked crookedly in front of his house on the 200 block of Patrick Street SW between 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 4 a.m. Sept. 15. An officer responded and found the ignition to the car had been "punched" and the passneger side lock was damaged. The vehicle was also missing the middle and rear seats. The officer located the vehicle's owner who advised he left the van parked in front of his apartment with all of its contents intact the night before. This case is being investigated.
- A resident on the 300 block of East Street SE called the police while on another phone line with an irate solicitor around 5:02 p.m. Sept. 14. The resident advised the solicitor was making threats over the phone after being asked to stop calling. A sergeant responded and advised the resident to continue working with Verizon to prevent this solicitor from calling the home.
- An officer responded to a residential alarm on the 300 block of East Street NE around 8:14 p.m. Sept. 14. He searched the residence and found that nothing appeared out of place.
- A citizen reported there was a motorcycle suspiciously lying in the backyard of a residence on the 300 block of Patrick Street SW between 11:30 p.m. Sept. 14 and 7:58 a.m. Sept. 15. An officer located the motorcycle's owner and dteremined it had been stolen from the front of the owner's residence. This case is being investigated.
- An officer responded to the 400 block of Moorefield Road SW for a complaint of barking dogs around 12:43 a.m. Sept. 15. He located a residence where the dogs were barking inside, but the owners were not home to speak with.
- A resident reported her residence on the 400 block of East Street NE was broken into while she and her husband were out on a bike ride between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15. This case is being investigated.
- An officer observed a vehicle idling in the parking lot of Marshall Road Elementary School, 730 Marshall Road SW, around 11:34 p.m. Sept. 16. Upon interacting with the driver, the officer observed several signs of intoxication. The driver attempted to perform several sobriety tests unsuccessfully. Dean P. Smith, 50, of Monticello Road in Alexandria was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Smith was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where a breath analysis was performed. A warrant for driving while intoxicated was issued. During an inventory of the vehicle, officers located marijuana. He was also charged with possession of marijuana. Smith was held on an unsecured bond of $2,500 and was to be released upon his sobriety.
- A neighbor on the 100 block of Sharon Lane NW complained of dogs barking incessantly next door and reported they had gotten out of their yard several times around 2 p.m. Sept. 17. ACO Barker responded to the residence and observed the dogs' loud barking. He also observed they were digging holes under the fence and pushing on the fence gate. Barker spoke with the dogs' owner, who agreed to take the necessary steps to keep his dogs from becoming loud escape artists.
- An employee of Money & King, 171 Maple Avenue West, reported one of their vehicles had been entered by an uknown person between 6 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10:15 a.m. Sept. 18. The ignition had been punched out, but there was no other damage to the vehicle.
- A resident on the 200 block of Cedar Lane SE reported he had an argument with his son's mother regarding custody of the child around 7 a.m. Sept. 18. He was concerned the mother would start telling lies to gain custody. The officer advised the man to seek advice from an attorney regarding the matter.
- Officers responded to the 100 block of Tapawingo Road SW around 4:13 p.m. Sept. 18 for a report of a fight between stepfather and stepson. Investigation revealed the son was not taking the medication necessary to control his behavior. This case will be followed up by the Woodburn Mental Health Center.
- A brother and sister were fighting over the way the brother speaks to their mother on the 200 block of Locust Street SE around 2:43 p.m. Sept. 19. The fighting was determined to be mutual and the two siblings were counseled on finding other ways to resolve their conflict.
- A security guard on the 200 block of Cedar Lane SE contacted the police when he found a woman sleeping on someone else's patio. An officer responded and noticed the woman was disheveled and covered in dirt. Upon interacting with her, he observed several signs of intoxication. Odilia Isabel Fuentes, 54, of Hillcrest Drive SW in Vienna was arrested for drunk in public. Fuentes was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where she was to be released upon sobriety.
- Two mailboxes on the 1100 block of Westbriar Court NE between 11 p.m. Sept. 19 and 11 a.m. Sept. 20 were damaged by an unknown person at some point during the night.