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A 23-year-old Chicago man facing a host of charges may have been saved from a potential drug overdose after police found him “shaking and twitching with his eyes closed” in a holding cell at the station.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Aug. 9, Kyle G. Brownstein was pulled over for driving with a partially obstructed license plate and police suspected he might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. After placing him under arrest, police searched Brownstein’s 2002 Toyota Camry and found two small bags of heroin with a combined weight of less than one gram, according to a department report.

At the police station, Brownstein allegedly had difficulty keeping his eyes open and focusing his vision. After repeatedly refusing medical attention, he reportedly began convulsing in his cell and was taken to an area hospital.

After receiving a shot of Narcan, used to reverse the effects of opiates, Brownstein became alert and coherent, according to police. He admitted to initially give authorities a false name and trying to sabotage their attempts at identifying him, according to police.

“I guess I didn’t need to try and bite away my fingerprints then, huh?” Brownstein allegedly said, displaying his chewed fingers.

Brownstein was charged with drug possession, aggravated driving under the influence, attempting to obstruct his vehicle registration, failing to signal and driving without insurance.

A 27-year-old woman traveling with Brownstein was released without charges.

Strong arm robbery on Roosevelt

An unidentified man reached into a restaurant cash register and swiped handfuls of money before dashing into a waiting vehicle to make his escape, according to police.

At about 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 8, the suspect asked the manager at Andrea’s Restaurant on the 7400 block of Roosevelt Road if he could use the payphone. Told there wasn’t a payphone at the restaurant, the man indicated he would step outside and use the one down the street, according to witness statements given to police. The employee leaned over the counter to see where the suspect was pointing, and the suspect reached over the counter to grab a handful of $20, $50 and $100 bills, according to police.

The manager and another witness gave chase, but the suspect jumped into a four-door, tan vehicle of an unknown make. Witnesses suggested the vehicle may have been a Volvo or an Audi, and said the license plate included the number 20.

Purse stolen in mid-conversation

A woman, standing outside of Horan’s Snug on Madison Street shortly after midnight on the morning of Aug. 5, had her purse stolen by an unidentified man riding a bicycle, according to police.

The woman, whose name was not released, was talking on her cellphone when she felt something tugging at the purse strap over her shoulder. She turned and saw a cyclist trying to grab the bag from her, and in the ensuing struggle, both fell to the ground. As the man got up, he grabbed the purse and took off south along Elgin Avenue, according to a police report. The black bag was worth approximately $300, according to the victim, and contained $60 in cash and several pieces of identification.

Driver ‘buzzed’ for morning commute

A man suspected of crashing his vehicle into a cemetery fence shortly before 7 a.m. was found to have a blood-alcohol concentration almost double the legal limit.

Hursh K. Singh, 36, allegedly drove his 2008 Silver Ford Mustang over the sidewalk and into a fence along the 8100 block of Roosevelt Road at about 6:50 a.m. on Aug. 8. According to a police report, Singh told authorities he had just dropped his mother off at work and was cut off while traveling east on the busy roadway when he lost control of the car. Observations of the accident scene led police to suspect Singh had been speeding, and the smell of alcohol was heavy on his breath.

Singh, a Forest Park resident, allegedly told police he had consumed a “couple beers” between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. the night before, and still felt “buzzed.”

At almost 8:30 that morning, Singh’s BAC of .153 was recorded by a breathalyzer, according to police. He was charged with driving under the influence and speeding.

Driver cited for car stereo

Vincent K. Morgan, of Maywood, was cited for violating a local noise ordinance after a patrolling officer noticed excessively loud music coming from the suspect’s 2008 Ford Focus, according to a department report. The ticket was written on Aug. 9, shortly before 6 p.m., after police curbed the allegedly loud car on the 8200 block of Roosevelt Road.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Aug 4 and Aug 11, 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