While driving southbound on Harlem at 2 a.m. on May 26, a Forest Park officer noticed a vehicle swerving from the curb to the center of the street, according to a department report. The officer turned on his siren and stopped the driver on the 1100 block of Harlem Avenue.
Mark Blaylock, 21, already had his wallet out when the officer arrived at his car, and quickly handed over his driver’s license. The driver then began to search for his proof of insurance in a black binder. After 30 seconds of searching, Blaylock allegedly asked the officer if he had his driver’s license. The officer informed the driver that he did have his license, at which point Blaylock began searching for his insurance again. After 30 more seconds Blaylock reportedly again asked the officer if he had his driver’s license. The officer then asked the driver to step out of the car.
Blaylock, a Berwyn resident, stepped out of the vehicle, put his hands behind his back and said “you got me,” according to a department report. The officer responded by telling Blaylock he was not under arrest, and asked if he could recite the alphabet beginning with “D” and ending with “U.” Blaylock agreed and proceeded to say “D, E, N, L” followed by inaudible noises and then “T, U.”
Blaylock proceeded to blow a .155 on a breath test, according to his arrest report. A driver is considered intoxicated if their blood-alcohol level is .08. In addition to charges for driving under the influence, Blaylock was cited for marijuana possession after police allegedly found a bag of the substance in his car.
Spittle prompts battery charge
A disturbance on May 28 at the Chicago Transit Authority terminal at 711 Desplaines Ave. drew the attention of police, who arrived on the scene at 6:30 p.m. and learned that a man may have spit on his girlfriend. The officer was informed by a witness that Michael Cooper, 41, had spit on a woman.
Cooper reportedly told the officer that he and his girlfriend of several months had gotten into an argument. The alleged victim then approached the officer, who was standing beside Cooper, and pointed at the suspect saying, “he spit on me.” The girlfriend said she wanted to file a complaint against Cooper, who lives in Chicago.
Cooper was put into the back of a squad car and then the driver of the bus that both Cooper and the woman had been on explained to the officer that he had picked up both people at the same stop and that they were shouting at each other from the minute they stepped into the bus.
Cooper was taken to the police department where the officer learned that he and the woman had broken up earlier that day and that Cooper followed his ex-girlfriend onto the bus, and proceeded to swear at her for the duration of the ride. It was not until the woman got up to exit the bus that she was hit on the right side of the face by Cooper’s spit, according to police.
Cooper has a history of domestic abuse, according to his arrest report, but was so belligerent while detained in his holding cell that he could not be informed of the felony charge filed against him until he calmed down.
Alleged burglar caught in act
A man was standing on his condo balcony on the 7900 block of Roosevelt Road when he noticed a man trying to break in to a car in the Currie Motors Chevrolet parking lot shortly before 10 a.m. on May 25, according to police. The alleged burglar was then spotted gaining entry to a car and “doing something” inside of it.
Police were called and set up a perimeter around the lot. The witness told the cops he had seen the offender place bags beneath various cars. The officers detained the burglar and during a search, allegedly discovered an 8-inch screwdriver.
The witness was called to the lot to assist in identifying the person as Christopher Treadway, 41, of Chicago. The man who had observed the incident from the beginning was then asked to show the officers which cars Treadway allegedly hid the bags beneath.
The police recovered three car radios, two faceplates for car radios, a DVD receiver, and a black electrical cable, according to a department report. Treadway was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to an automobile and possessing burglary tools.
Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the department’s hotline at (708) 615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between May 25 and June 1, 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 Jacob Boyer