A fidgety driver is facing drug related charges after his attempts to keep a low profile may have actually invited an officer’s curiosity.

John A. Hansen, 23, of Arlington Heights, spotted a patrol car while he was parked in the 7200 block of Circle Avenue and “expeditiously” exited the parking lot, according to a police report. Shortly after 11 a.m. on Sept. 21, Hansen was pulled over for failing to use his turn signal, and the officer noticed Hansen was quite nervous, according to the report.

“While speaking with Hansen, his hands were shaking and he was searching for answers to my questions,” the arresting officer stated in his report.

Before having Hansen’s 2002 Dodge Intrepid towed, the officer searched the car for an inventory report. In the back seat a foil packet with an off-white substance was found in the center console, along with a metal spoon. The powdery substance tested positive for heroin, according to the report.

Hansen allegedly admitted to developing an addiction to heroin several months ago.

Hansen is scheduled to answer to drug possession and drug paraphernalia charges on Oct. 10, in addition to two alleged traffic violations.

Traffic proves hazardous to pedestrian

A man accused of panhandling at the junction of Interstate 290 and Harlem Avenue broke his arm while attempting to elude police, according to a report filed by the Forest Park police.

Shortly before 10 a.m. on Sept. 16, an officer saw Phillip R. Crawhorn, 34, soliciting for donations near the ramps for I-290. Crawhorn allegedly took off running west along the eastbound ramp, and then crossed the median into the westbound on-ramp. After jumping the median a second time into the traffic lane of I-290, Crawhorn “struck” a vehicle and broke his right arm, police stated in a report.

Crawhorn was charged with soliciting in a roadway, resisting arrest and damaging property. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 24.

DUI suspect caught urinating

Elmon J. Hampton apparently knew he wasn’t supposed to be driving on a suspended license, but that didn’t stop him from getting behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content that allegedly was more than twice the legal limit, according to police.

Hampton, 23, of Chicago, was allegedly urinating outside of USA Beverage when police were called to the 7200 block of Madison Street just after 9 a.m. on Sept. 18. Police found Hampton sitting in the driver’s seat of a black Hyundai Elantra, reeking of alcohol, according to a police report. After allegedly admitting to drinking, Hampton told police he “absolutely” knew that his license was suspended and “absolutely” understood he wasn’t supposed to be driving.

Hampton allegedly failed three field sobriety tests.

A portable breathalyzer test revealed a BAC of .345. At 10:24 a.m. a second breath test revealed a BAC of .235, according to the report.

Hampton is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 28 on the charges of disorderly conduct and driving under the influence.

Mustard not just for hot dogs

For at least the second time in a week, a resident of the 900 block of Ferdinand Avenue found their car slathered in mustard.

The spicy condiment did not cause any damage to the victim’s car, according to a police report filed on the incident, but the woman told police that her 1990 Chevrolet Caprice was vandalized in a similar fashion once already.

The mustard was discovered shortly after 5 p.m. on Sept. 15, and police were not able to identify any suspects, according to the report. The car was parked outside of the victim’s home.

Flower stomping kids

A teenage girl and two youths were hauled into the police station on Sept. 15 after officers allegedly watched them vandalize several flower beds along the 7500 block of Jackson Avenue.

Vakishierra S. Young, 17, was charged with vandalism, along with two unidentified minors, ages 8 and 6. A police report on the incident indicates that a parent was called to the police station to pick up the children.

Thief was wearing the evidence

A Wal-Mart shopper apparently found one outfit he couldn’t do without and slipped into the clothes before walking out the front door.

Floyd Garner, 45, of Chicago, allegedly took several clothing items into a changing room on Sept. 15 and swapped his old duds for the new threads. An employee of Wal-Mart observed the attempted theft, according to a police report, and flagged down an officer in the parking lot.

Garner is accused of shoplifting a pair of pants, a do-rag, a ball cap, a belt, a jacket and a can of Axe brand body spray. The total value of the items was reported as $64.93.

Because the suspect has a previous burglary conviction, the charge was upgraded to a felony retail theft charge.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between September 16 and September 24, 2006, 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 been adjudicated.

Compiled by Josh Adams