Crime briefs from the Life for the week of Aug. 22

Spring Lake Park man faces felony DWI charge

A Spring Lake Park man with a history of driving drunk was arrested again.

James Daniel Moran, 25, was arraigned Aug. 5 in Anoka County District Court on a felony driving while impaired charge.

According to the criminal complaint, a Spring Lake Park police officer in the area of Monroe Street and 84th Avenue at 3:43 a.m. Aug. 3 saw a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lane. The vehicle allegedly struck two orange construction barriers that had flashing yellow lights before pulling into a driveway in the 8400 block of Monroe Street.

Moran failed the field sobriety test and blew a preliminary blood alcohol concentration reading of 0.224 on the breath test. He was arrested and taken to Mercy Hospital, where his blood was drawn to confirm his blood alcohol concentration. Results of that test are pending.

Moran was convicted of driving while impaired in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in Anoka County, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Man charged with groping woman in Blaine Wal-Mart faces new felony charge

The 59-year-old Isanti man who was charged earlier this month for groping an adult woman in a Blaine Wal-Mart is now facing a felony charge for allegedly recording a video underneath the skirt of a minor.

The new felony charge that Jeffrey Thomas Pendzimas was arraigned on Aug. 19 is interfering with the privacy of a minor.

Authorities became aware of a video showing up the skirt of a 12-year-old girl when they were following through on a search warrant on Pendzimas’ watch and cellphone. The watch has the capability of recording videos. It was recovered Aug. 3 before Pendzimas tried to throw it in a pond as police were trying to arrest him following the complaint against him groping an adult woman, according to the criminal complaint.

Pendzimas is scheduled to make his next court appearance Sept. 3.

~ Eric Hagen

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