A 62-year-old Maywood man narrowly escaped a felony drug possession charge when officers allegedly caught him with 30 grams of marijuana just before 10 a.m. March 21. According to a department report, Jesse Jones likely would have been hit with the more serious charge if the amount of the suspected drug were more than 30 grams.

While driving south along Desplaines Avenue on Friday morning, an officer spotted Jones driving very slowly and with his turn signal flashing, though he did not change directions, according to the report. Jones then made several lane changes against his own directional and police stopped his car. A records search revealed the man was driving on a suspended license and was wanted on a warrant from Riverside.

When authorities took Jones into custody and searched his vehicle, two bags of marijuana were discovered in the car, according to police. Jones allegedly admitted that the drugs were his. Police contacted county officials to upgrade the drug possession charge to a felony, but were told the substance had to weigh more than 30 grams.

Jones was ticketed for several traffic violations in addition to the misdemeanor drug charge.

Theft charge follows botched scam

A woman who allegedly tried to return an item under false pretenses was arrested on shoplifting charges after she walked out of the store with some of the retailer’s merchandise.

Kristen A. Faltin, of Lemont, was taken into custody shortly after 3 p.m. March 23. According to a department report, Faltin was seen by store employees at Kmart on Roosevelt Road trying to return a makeup kit at the customer service counter, though she hadn’t bought the item at that store. From there, according to police, Faltin wandered through the store, grabbed a purse from the shelves and removed the tags. She then went back to the customer service counter with the makeup kit and again was denied.

Faltin then tried to leave the store without paying for the purse and was taken into custody by Kmart employees. She is facing a single count of retail theft.

Early morning chase ends with crash

A man sitting in a parked car in the far corner of a lot at 1900 Desplaines Ave. led police on a brief chase early in the morning March 18, and later told police he feared that his brother had reported the car stolen.

Shortly after 1 a.m., police in the area spotted Efrain Aldama, 20, sitting in a red Ford Escort and asked him what he was doing in the parking lot. Aldama allegedly responded in Spanish then in English said, “I go now.” The officer ordered Aldama not to leave, but the Mt. Prospect resident fled northbound on Desplaines Avenue.

With lights flashing, the officer followed Aldama for about a quarter mile at a high speed before he struck the curb and came to a stop in front of 1300 Desplaines Ave. Aldama was removed from the car, according to police, and authorities discovered a six-pack of Bud Light in the vehicle, three cans of which were open.

Once at the station, Aldama allegedly refused to submit to a breath test.

He was charged with driving under the influence, fleeing the police, speeding, driving without a valid license and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Overweight trucks ticketed

Two truck drivers were cited the morning of March 20 for traveling with too heavy a load across village streets.

According to department reports, the first truck was stopped shortly before 10 a.m. at the junction of Desplaines Avenue and Interstate 290 and found to be overweight by a total of more than 27,000 pounds. A citation was issued for $2,435, which accounted for the largest single infraction within that total.

A truck’s legal load is determined per axle.

A second stop was made at the same location about an hour later, according to department records, and exceeded its total weight limit by about 9,000 pounds. A ticket was issued for $750.

Man, 53, cited for marijuana

A Bellwood man driving near the junction of Desplaines and Randolph streets was stopped by police for having tinted windows and wound up being cited for violating a local drug possession ordinance.

John H. Lockett, 53, was stopped shortly after 4 p.m. March 18 and police immediately noticed the smell of marijuana coming from his vehicle, according to a report. Lockett allegedly admitted to having a bag of marijuana in his pocket; searching his vehicle, police found a joint in the backseat.

Lockett is facing two counts of violating a local ordinance.

These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between March 17 and March 24, 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.

-Compiled by Josh Adams