A River Forest man was arrested for driving under the influence after he allegedly drove his car into a maintenance garage at the Chicago Transit Authority terminal on Desplaines Avenue. A police department report on the arrest did not make clear why the suspect was in the garage, but when authorities arrived at the scene, the man was trying to exit the bay.

It was shortly before 2:30 a.m. on June 13 when police were called to the terminal to find 20-year-old John F. Edwards trying to maneuver around a brightly painted pillar protecting CTA equipment. When police approached the car, Edwards put it in park and got out, but appeared unsteady on his feet, according to a report. Edwards then handed over an ID bearing a different name, and that said he was two years older. He allegedly failed several field sobriety tests.

With Edwards in custody, police searched his car and found a half-empty bottle of vodka, a small bag of marijuana and a wallet containing Edwards’ real drivers’ license, according to a department report. While at the station, Edwards allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer.

He was charged with driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, illegal transportation of alcohol, attempting to obstruct an officer and disobeying a traffic signal. A female passenger in the car was released without charges.


Intoxicated suspect in theft

It wasn’t yet 9 a.m. on June 10 when police were called to CVS on the 7200 block of Circle Avenue for a suspected shoplifter, where they arrested a man who was so intoxicated that he had to be taken to an area hospital.

According to a department report, 64-year-old Nicholas Pitej, of Woodstock, was caught by a store employee trying to steal a small bottle of a hair product. Pitej allegedly told the officer he wasn’t interested in what was in the bottle, but that he needed the container. During this discussion, police said in their report, Pitej’s speech was slurred. An open bottle of orange juice filled with vodka was found in his back pocket, according to the report.

Pitej was issued a citation for theft and public intoxication, and then transported by paramedics to an Oak Park hospital because of “his level of intoxication.”

Parolee divulges drug use

At about 8 a.m. June 10, Forest Park police worked with state corrections officers to check on several parolees living in the village. Two men were issued citations for alleged infractions.

Christopher Campbell, 31, was allegedly caught with a glass pipe containing marijuana residue at his home on the 7400 block of Randolph. Campbell also told police that he had a small quantity of the drug in his apartment, according to a department report.

John Ward, 45, was also charged with possession of marijuana after police visited his home in the 1000 block of Troost. According to police, Ward stored the marijuana in a small tin. Asked whether there were any more drugs in the home, the suspect allegedly told police that “if you look you will probably find 9,000 empty baggies in here.”


Patron tossed for tossing bottles

Employees of Doc Ryan’s bar on Madison Street couldn’t get 29-year-old Bonnie Cummings to go quietly from the tavern, and waved down a pair of officers patrolling the area during the early morning hours of June 13, according to a department report. Cummings was allegedly tossing beer bottles, and when police stepped inside she continued to scream and gesture in menacing ways.

Authorities described the Chicago woman as “extremely intoxicated” and made several efforts to explain she needed to calm down. Cummings, however, refused to leave and repeatedly waved her hands in a threatening manner toward police, authorities said in their report. She was taken into custody for disorderly conduct, but only continued to berate officers, then kick the door of her holding cell and “is believed to have urinated on the floor of the booking cell.”


These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between June 7 and June 14, 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

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Anyone with information regarding the cases mentioned in this report, or on another matter, is encouraged to contact the Forest Park police department’s hotline at 708-615-6239. Information may be left anonymously.