A Chicago man was arrested for driving under the influence after police found he drove a 1995 Honda into the front of a house on Lathrop Avenue, according to a department report.

Shortly before 5:30 a.m. on June 2, Mark Rodriguez allegedly steered his two-door coupe backwards, over a fire hydrant and through some bushes before coming to a stop at the front of a house at 138 Lathrop Ave. Rodriguez was standing on the sidewalk when police arrived and reportedly told officers he was the driver of the car. Noticing the smell of alcohol, police asked Rodriguez to perform several field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed. Once in custody, a blood-alcohol test revealed the 30-year-old suspect was twice the legal limit at .16. A driver is legally drunk with a blood-alcohol content of .08, according to state law.

Police said in their report that Rodriguez admitted to having consumed six beers.

Intoxicated, woman is combative

An apparently belligerent and intoxicated woman is facing a number of charges after she kicked, scratched and spit at three officers attempting to remove her from an apartment on Randolph Street.

Tamara Cox, 23, was arrested on June 6 at 10:30 p.m. after the woman’s mother called police, asking them to remove her daughter from the apartment at 7342 Randolph St., according to a department report. Cox had been drinking earlier in the day, the woman told police, and was becoming belligerent. As officers attempted to take Cox into custody, she repeatedly threw herself on the floor, intentionally banging her head and yelling racial epithets at the officers, according to the report. At one point, Cox allegedly threatened to sue the police for brutality, at which point officers began videotaping her behavior.

“I’m glad I scratched you white mother (expletive), now you all got AIDS (expletive),” Cox allegedly said at one point.

She was charged with three counts of battery and three counts of resisting arrest.

With children in tow

In separate incidents, three alleged shoplifters were apprehended within almost an hour of one another, and all of the suspects were charged with endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly committing their crime while in custody of children.

At 2:30 p.m. on June 2, 29-year-old Abraham Vela of Cicero was allegedly caught stealing roughly $101 worth of movies, clothing and toys from Wal-Mart, while caring for his two children, according to police. The suspect reportedly hid the items in a diaper bag he brought with him into the store.

In addition to a theft charge, Vela is facing two counts of child endangerment.

At 3:45 p.m. that same day, police were again called to the retail giant, this time for a man and a woman accused of trying to take $472 worth of merchandise. The couple allegedly also tried to conceal the items in a diaper bag.

Israel Vazquez, 24, and Areli Gonzalez, 17, were each charged with a single felony count of theft and child endangerment.

Noise disturbance

In the first 10 days of the month, Forest Park police cited at least 13 motorists for playing excessively loud music in violation of a village ordinance.

According to police records, not one of the drivers was a resident of the village and the alleged offenses occurred mostly during the early evening hours. According to local ordinances, motorists are prohibited from playing their car stereos at a volume that can be heard 50 feet from the vehicle. Suspected offenders are ordered to appear for a hearing at village hall and are subject to a fine.

Dumpster fire squelched

A rapidly growing fire discovered in a dumpster behind 7444 Madison St. was extinguished by police and fire crews at about 12:30 a.m. on June 4. According to a police report, the fire was discovered by an employee of Doc Ryan’s bar and initially fought by a patrolling officer until firefighters arrived. The flames were beginning to lick the siding of a nearby building as the officer used an extinguisher in the squad car to bring it under control. No injuries were reported though a large portion of siding was damaged, according to police.

Not a tree hugger

In the early morning hours of June 2, an Oak Park man was cited for disorderly conduct after allegedly snapping branches off a municipally maintained tree on Madison Street.

Marcus Fairfield, 30, reportedly broke two branches off a parkway tree in the 7500 block of Madison Street in front of a patrolling officer. As the officer turned his car around, Fairfield began swinging from the tree, according to the report.

“I pointed out to him that he broke off two branches and the tree is not to be used as a swing,” the officer said in his report. “Fairfield responded by saying, ‘It’s not like I did anything wrong, though.'”

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between June 1 and June 10, 2007 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