Police blotter: March 2, 2012

Story by The Spectator Staff

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Tuesday, Feb. 28

At approximately 4:30 p.m., the Eau Claire Police Department was dispatched to a hit and run at the intersection of Clairemont Avenue and Rudolph Street.

The striking vehicle, a white four-door Buick LeSabre, took heavy damage to the front end driver’s side before leaving the scene westbound on Clairemont.

The officer turned on emergency flashers, but the vehicle had snow covering the car’s rear window and didn’t stop.

The officer used the siren, and the vehicle slowed but didn’t stop.  Once the driver finally stopped, the officer told the driver to show his hands, and the driver complied.

Initially, the driver said he didn’t hit anything but later admitted he did.  He said he didn’t think there was much damage to either vehicle and he didn’t give a reason why he had left the scene.  He said he was just trying to get to Chippewa Falls.

An ECPD officer arrived at the scene and received further information from the driver and cited him.

Leap Day larceny

Wednesday, Feb. 29

At approximately 2:30 p.m., an officer met with a woman who said she was at her child’s event at McPhee Center when her purse was stolen.

She said she had set her purse down near a set of chairs by a stereo system around 8:30 a.m. And by noon, she noticed it was gone. She described the contents of her purse as including two wallets, several check cards and credit cards, some cash, a makeup bag, a check book and a pair of sunglasses.

The woman had been around the building all day and people were coming in and out of the building all day, so she didn’t have any suspect information.

She had contacted both the McPhee building manager and University Police, but neither had the purse turned in to them.