By Bob Uphues
North Riverside police charged a 52-year-old Palos Hills man with drunken driving and other offenses after he reportedly lost control of his beige Oldsmobile sedan while southbound in the 2300 block of First Avenue on Jan. 24 at about 12:40 a.m., resulting in a rollover crash.
The driver was not seriously injured and had crawled out of the vehicle, which came to rest on its roof in the middle of First Avenue, before police arrived. He had multiple cuts to his hands and face, said police, and appeared to be intoxicated.
According to the police report, the driver said he was coming from a Broadview restaurant and was going to 26th Street and Desplaines Avenue when he crashed. He reportedly told police he didn't know how the crash occurred.
A witness told police that she was traveling behind the Oldsmobile when she saw the vehicle suddenly pull right for no apparent reason, hit the curb and plow into a pile of snow and a tree on the parkway before flipping over and coming to rest in the street. The police report also indicated that the Oldsmobile struck Toyota and some garbage cans, whose contents were scattered along the sidewalk and roadway.
He was transported to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries and was released back into police custody about three hours later.
In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, the man was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and for having no proof of insurance.
Vehicle break-ins continue
For the second straight week, Brookfield police are reporting numerous vehicle break-ins, predominantly on the village's far north end on Jan. 23-24 and Jan. 25-26. Brookfield police also said several similar incidents were reported in neighboring LaGrange Park, and security cameras indicated that a crew of four people were involved.
Overnight on Jan. 23-24, vehicles were broken into in the 2900 block of Vernon Avenue, the 9000 block of 30th Street and at another unspecified location in that same area.
All of the vehicles were left unlocked. While nothing was taken from two of the vehicles, several items -- including a birth certificate, driver's license, Social Security card and several credit cards – were taken from the third vehicle.
The offenders attempted to use a debit card for a rideshare and at a Walmart store.
Four more unlocked vehicles were broken into overnight on Jan. 25-26 in the 9100 block of 28th Street, the 9000 block of Bartlett Avenue and the 3600 block of Madison Avenue.
From one of two vehicles targeted on Bartlett Avenue, offenders took a wallet containing a credit card and $300 in cash. Someone attempted to use the credit card at a Walmart in Joliet, police said.
Brookfield police responded to a home in the 3500 block of Sunnyside Avenue on the afternoon of Jan. 25 after a resident called to report that someone had broken in between Jan. 20-25 and removed a 65-inch Samsung smart TV, a GE dishwasher and a GE microwave.
The victim told police that he left the residence unlocked while he went to a nearby store. During that time, however, he was arrested by police on an outstanding DuPage County warrant and was not released from custody until Jan. 25.
Police reported that there were no signs of forced entry.
Road rage ends with door damage
Brookfield police cited a 39-year-old LaGrange Park man for criminal damage to property after he allegedly threw a black bottle at a vehicle, damaging it, during an apparent road rage incident on Jan. 22 at about 2 p.m.
The victim told police that she was driving on Golfview Avenue preparing to turn west onto 31st Street when the driver of the vehicle behind her began honking his horn and yelled at her before making a right turn from the left lane, in front of the victim's vehicle.
The offender then reportedly slammed on his brakes in front of the victim and threw the bottle at the victim's vehicle, hitting the front driver's side door. The offender then reportedly followed the victim's vehicle to Roach Avenue where police intervened.
Super Bowl DUI patrols
The Riverside Police Department has announced that it will be stepping up DUI enforcement patrols on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2.
The additional patrols are funded via a grant through the Illinois Department of Transportation's "Drive Sober of get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket" campaigns.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 20-26, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
— Compiled by Bob Uphues