Business as usual so far for police during FL celebration

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

It’s been pretty much business as usual for the Forest Lake Police Department during the first three days of the Independence Day holiday here.

Police Capt. Greg Weiss said calls are up, but he did not have specific details.

The celebration, which started on Friday, June 29, has meant extra officers on duty, including the reinstated bicycle patrol which has seen officers in pairs patrolling on bikes.

During the first three days, police here made three drunk-driving arrests and were called to a number of pushing matches at bars in the downtown area. The incidents were not serious, Weiss said.

Officers have also intervened with a number of incidents where celebration visitors on public streets were stopped with alcoholic beverages. No tickets were issued as the celebrants cooperated and dumped out their drinks. Drinking in public is not allowed under city ordinance.

Fireworks complaints have been few in the first three days, Weiss said, adding that may increase as the 4th of July draws near.

Police did issue a citation for disorderly conduct at 1 a.m. Saturday when a Chisago City man in his early 20s dropped his pants and mooned some friends. The man performed his stunt in the Lake and Broadway roundabout.

It wasn’t just the friends who saw the trousers come down, Weiss said, as two police officers were standing nearby and pulled out a ticket book.