After passing a car headed in the opposite direction without its headlights on, police stopped 25-year-old Charles Anderson along Harlem Avenue shortly before 2:30 a.m. In the course of the Jan. 31 traffic stop, Anderson, a Chicago resident, was also seen swerving within his lane and making an illegal left-hand turn, according to police.

Once at the driver’s window, authorities allegedly smelled alcohol, observed the suspect’s glassy eyes and watched as he fumbled through his wallet to produce his identification.

Suspecting that he was intoxicated, police asked Anderson to perform a number of field sobriety tests, all of which were failed, according to a department report. While at the police station, Anderson allegedly offered to “try the alphabet again,” and upon ignoring the officer’s response that his effort wasn’t necessary, jumbled his letters after M.

A blood-alcohol test performed at 3:30 a.m. revealed a concentration of .143, according to police. The legal limit in Illinois is .08.

Under cover of snow

A man accused of stealing a bottle of liquor from a Madison Street shop was found hiding in the snow in an alley shortly before midnight on Feb. 1, according to police. Several witness accounts and video surveillance from the liquor store refuted the man’s denial of wrongdoing.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” 20-year-old Rafael Solebo, of Palatine, allegedly said when questioned in the matter.

Authorities were called to Suburban Liquors, 7612 Madison St., at 11:20 p.m. after a clerk reportedly handed a $43 bottle of Remy Martin to Solebo, who entered the store with two other men. The suspect then ran out of the store before being spotted near the Blueberry Hill tavern on Desplaines Avenue by police, according to a department report. After ducking into an alley and attempting to hide the bottle in the snow, Solebo was discovered.

The two friends with whom Solebo went into the store later arrived at the police station and told authorities they were “shocked” that Solebo would “pull a stunt like that.”

Solebo was charged with a single count of retail theft.

Crime of opportunity

After paying for a 12-pack of beer with a $100 bill, a man reported that he was robbed at gunpoint by another customer whom he recognized from the store.

At about 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 3, police were called to the 7500 block of Roosevelt Road where the alleged victim said he had been robbed after walking just a few blocks from Famous Liquors, where he purchased the beer. While walking home, the suspect came up from behind him and pulled out a black pistol, according to the victim, and demanded money. The victim said he recognized the assailant as the man standing behind him at the cash register.

Authorities searched the area, but did not find anyone matching the man’s description, according to a department report.

Woman linked to funny money

A 21-year-old woman who may have passed a counterfeit $100 bill initially fled from police when they arrived to investigate and was charged with resisting arrest, but faces no charges for the alleged forgery.

Charity Dunson, of Chicago, was trying to buy a $4 paint brush on Madison Street when she pulled $3 from her purse, a store clerk told authorities. Realizing she was short, Dunson then handed over the $100 bill, which failed to pass the clerk’s “pen” test. The officer responding to the call reported that Dunson fled once he entered the store, and led a brief foot chase.

A request placed with the state’s attorney’s office to file felony forgery charges was denied. A copy of the alleged counterfeit was forwarded to the Chicago District of the Secret Service.

Paramedics reveal drug use

A woman involved in a traffic accident during the evening commute of Jan. 30 was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after allegedly telling paramedics at the scene that she was high on heroin and methadone, according to a police report. Kristin Erickson, 24, of Chicago, was arrested following the fender bender at 8300 Roosevelt Road.

Police find teen’s stash in minivan

A Forest Park teenager is facing a number of charges stemming from a Jan. 30 traffic accident at the corner of Desplaines and Madison streets after police allegedly found several grams of marijuana in his car.

A 1999 Dodge minivan driven by Thomas M. Flanagan, 18, smelled distinctly of marijuana, according to police, though he denied being in possession of the substance.

“No, my uncle had my car, though,” Flanagan allegedly told authorities.

Upon looking inside the van, police saw a plastic bag full of the drug sitting in an open console. The bag contained six grams of marijuana, according to police.

Flanagan was charged with drug possession, driving on a suspended license and failing to reduce his speed to avoid the accident.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 2008, 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.

-Josh Adams