Police Beat (09/10/13)
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 00:09
Classic case of “This is my house, not yours.”
Around 1:19 a.m. Friday, a woman called OPD as a girl attempted to enter through the back door of her house. She described the trespasser as having red hair in a ponytail and wearing only one shoe, according to OPD. According to OPD, when officers arrived, they approached the rear of the residence to witness the resident talking with the alleged trespasser through the glass door, saying, “You don’t live here!” Junior Jennifer Ann Palladino was found outside looking “disheveled,” wearing shorts and having dirt and abrasions coving her legs. She also sported a bar wristband, according to OPD. When asked what she was doing, Palladino responded, “Trying to get inside my house,” which was later understood to be on the other side of town. She later claimed that the two houses look very similar, OPD said. The officer believed Palladino to be heavily intoxicated and confused. After being told Palladino was 20 years old, the officer asked how she acquired the wristband. “I know people,” Palladino replied. Palladino was cited for underage offenses, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. She was taken to Butler County Jail.
Group’s plans derailed and car lands in ditch
Around 2:24 a.m. Sunday, an officer was driving south towards the 800 block of S. Main St. when he saw a vehicle that appeared to have veered off the right side of the road, over the railroad tracks and into a ditch, according to OPD. The officer exited his cruiser and approached the scene to find three people standing around an empty vehicle. The vehicle’s axle was stuck on the tracks, lifting up the rear of the vehicle, which was still running in reverse. Another officer shut the car down. OPD asked if everyone was ok and all three stated they were fine. The officer then asked who owned and drove the vehicle. Junior Alexa D. Grote raised her hand, according to OPD.
Grote explained that she was driving southbound when she attempted to make a U-turn on the railroad tracks. She failed to execute the maneuver and ended up in the ditch, according to OPD. While Grote spat out her explanation, officers noticed she was swaying back and forth, had dilated eyes and was wearing several bar wristbands, OPD said. When asked whether she had been drinking, Grote said ‘yes’, and was escorted to the sidewalk for field sobriety tests. After their execution, she was placed under arrest and taken to OPD where she was cited for OVI and failure to have reasonable control of her vehicle. She willingly submitted to a breath test at the station. Her BAC was measured at .187, according to OPD. As the officer filled out paperwork, Grote diagrammed her night for the officer. She said she drove to Steinkeller around 1 a.m. where she took four shots in a row. She didn’t begin to feel intoxicated until 10 minutes later, Grote said, and even then, in the station, she could feel herself becoming more intoxicated, according to OPD. Her vehicle was impounded and she was released to a sober friend.