Police received a call on August 28 reporting that a vehicle had driven into the wall of a building between the rear of Old School Records at 7446 Madison and the north side of 412 Beloit and that the driver had exited the car and fled southbound on Beloit.
Police found the suspect, Tramell Gill, walking on Beloit toward the vehicle. He told police that he had been drinking at “the club” with another individual, who needed a ride. Since he was intoxicated, Gill said, he allowed the other man to drive his wife’s 1993 Chevrolet Suburban. He did not give police the other individual’s name.
An employee at Deko’s restaurant, however, told police that Gill had tried to buy food at the restaurant but was turned down because it was closed. He said that Gill had stumbled back to his car, sped off westbound on Madison, turned sharply onto Beloit and crashed. He said he saw Gill exit the car from the driver’s side and flee.
Another witness said he heard the crash and saw Gill flee from the scene.
Gill refused to take sobriety tests because he said he was not the driver, but later took the tests at the police station. According to the report, Gill pretended to blow into the device several times, and was advised by the officer that intentionally defeating the test was considered equivalent to refusing to take it.
Gill was charged with driving without proof of insurance (his wife later brought proof of insurance to the station), driving on a suspended license, failure to reduce speed to avoid accident, improper lane usage, and driving without a seatbelt. Officers recommended adding charges of leaving the scene after an accident and leaving an unattended vehicle illegally parked.
Suspect gets away
Police stopped Allen Partee for a traffic violation at the intersection of Lexington and Harlem on August 29. When a computer check showed that his license was suspended, an officer searched the vehicle for weapons, but instead found a knotted plastic bag with two large chunks of suspected crack cocaine.
While attempting to handcuff the suspect, police said, he pulled his hands away and lunged forward. During the ensuing struggle, he was able to slip out of his shirt and get away, fleeing westbound on Harlem. A foot chase followed, and Partee was last seen running northbound into the alley on the 800 block of Harlem.
A canvassing effort by the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park police departments came up empty. The abandoned car was driven back to the Forest Park Police Department and is subject to seizure.
Wheels stolen from car
A man told police that an unknown offender took all four wheels and tires from his 2006 Chrysler 300 Touring while it was parked in the northwest corner of a parking lot at 8401 Roosevelt. The man apparently used a new jack to raise the vehicle.
The cost of the wheels and tires was estimated at $3,400. No other cars in the parking lot were found to have been affected.
Foot chase leads to heroin arrest
Police ran a computer check on the registration of a car observed driving southbound on Harlem and found that the owner’s license was revoked. The officer saw the car park at Osco at 7216 Circle, and attempted to arrest the driver when he returned from the store.
The suspect refused the handcuffs, and a foot chase ensued through several yards, and the suspect was taken into custody at 109 S. Elgin Ave.
During an inventory search of the car, officers found a small gray plastic bag on the front passenger seat with 7 small foil packets inside. The packets were tested at the station and found to contain 3 grams of heroin.
A date was not provided on the police report.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department from August 28 to September 2 and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in this report has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not yet been adjudicated.
?”compiled by Seth Stern