Several traffic charges were filed against a Maywood, Ill., resident after police responded to a report that a man was slumped over the steering wheel of his car on the westbound exit ramp for Interstate 290.

According to a police report, Darrin L. Mayes, 42, was sitting motionless in his 1990 silver Audi just before 4 a.m. when a passing motorist notified police. While en route to the Dec. 14 call, dispatchers were notified that the caller was now following Mayes as he drove south on Harlem Avenue, where he ran a red light at the intersection with Roosevelt Road, according to the report.

After watching Mayes’ car swerve back and forth along Harlem at about 50 mph, officers stopped the vehicle at the junction with 23rd Street.

Slurred speech, the smell of alcohol and the driver’s confusion prompted police to ask Hayes to get out of the car to take a field sobriety test. However, the suspect was too intoxicated to complete the tests, according to police.

“I observed him stumble out of the vehicle and almost fall to the ground before he was assisted by officers in standing up,” an officer stated in their report. “The driver never recovered total stability in his legs as he was assisted to the rear of his vehicle, where he leaned on the trunk and was directed to stay there.”

Once back at the station, Mayes reportedly consented to a breathalyzer test that revealed a blood-alcohol content of .210. The legal BAC limit is .08. Mayes was charged with speeding and driving under the influence.

Purse snatchers strike twice

A pair of purse snatchings on Dec. 16 occurred across town from one another; one during the early morning hours and the other in the middle of the afternoon.

Between 3:15 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., an unidentified woman with “short, bobbed hair” grabbed hold of another woman’s purse, prompting a brief foot chase. According to a police report, the alleged victim was at the corner of Circle and Madison streets when the assailant approached her and said hello before reaching for the bag. The strap broke and the owner of the purse chased the woman west along Madison Street where she was picked up by a red two-door car.

When she called her credit card company to report her Master Card stolen, the company reported the card had already been used twice at separate gas stations, according to the report.

Twelve hours later in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Roosevelt Road, a grandmother was putting her grandson into his car seat when an unidentified person in a black leather jacket grabbed her purse from the shopping cart. According to police, there was no struggle for the black Gucci bag, however, the victim reportedly lost her cell phone, social security card, birth certificate, a checkbook and $75 in cash.

Traffic stop yields heroin, needles

Eight grams of heroin and a plastic bag full of needles were confiscated from an Aurora, Ill., man while he was parked at a gas station at 949 Harlem Ave., according to police.

At 2 p.m. on Dec. 21, several plain clothes officers assisted in the arrest of Marcus Baker, 30, after police took notice of Baker’s car because of a defective windshield. During a pat down for officer safety, Baker revealed that he had a plastic bag underneath his sweatshirt containing several hypodermic needles, according to a police report. Officers continued searching the suspect and found a small plastic bag in Baker’s pant pocket with nine foil packets of heroin.

The combined weight of the confiscated drugs was eight grams, according to police.

Baker was charged with felony drug possession, driving without insurance and driving with a defective windshield.

Emporium burglarized overnight

The Forest Park Emporium was burglarized earlier this month and the responsible party allegedly made off with jewelry and other accessories.

According to a police report, the Madison Street business was struck sometime between 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 9 a.m. on Dec. 15. Using either a large flat head screwdriver or tire iron to gain entry through the front door, the alleged thief made off with some 20 different rings, roughly 12 bracelets, some cuff links, men’s watches and $20 in change left in the register drawer.

Police recovered the tip of whatever device was used to pry the front door open. The report indicates the business does not have an alarm system.

An estimated value of the stolen items was not provided to investigators, according to the report.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Dec. 11 and Dec. 22, 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