A 42-year-old man from Oak Park was arrested on the night of Aug. 17 after an officer who pulled him over discovered his license was suspended for DUI.
Corey Jackson was first stopped on the 7200 block of Roosevelt Road for an equipment violation. When Jackson could not produce his license or his vehicle’s insurance, the officer entered Jackson’s name in a police database and discovered his license was suspended.
Jackson was ordered out of the car, and when he stepped out, the officer reported spotting an empty Sam Adams beer bottle and a flask that “contained Wild Turkey Whiskey at one time.” The officer noted that the flask was empty and likely had been for a while.
Jackson was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license and two vehicle-code violations.
Driving drunk and in the dark
Eric Owens, 37, of Maywood was arrested, early Aug. 21, for DUI after an officer pulled him over for driving without his lights on, followed by failing field-sobriety tests.
Owens was pulled over on the 1500 block of Desplaines Avenue and when the reporting officer approached Owens’ car, he said the suspect smelled strongly of alcohol.
After a short interview, he was asked to submit to field sobriety tests. He complied but failed.
Owens was taken to headquarters and charged with DUI and driving without headlights.
Failing to stop for a cop
An Oak Park man was arrested and received a felony charge on the afternoon of Aug. 18 after he failed to yield to an officer about to cross a sidewalk. He was pulled over and then taken into custody when the reporting officer learned that his license was revoked.
According to a police report, 32-year-old Kyle Matthews failed to stop for a police officer who was crossing the street near Madison Street and Constitution Court. As a result, he was stopped on the 7400 block of Madison Street.
An officer had to check Matthews’ name in a police database because the suspect did not have a driver’s license with him. The name check revealed his license was revoked, and he was placed under arrest.
He was booked for felony aggravated driving with a revoked license, following an approval of the charges by Cook County State’s Attorney Jen Hamelly. Police also reported that Matthews has three prior DUI convictions and five license suspensions.
Suspect ran but couldn’t hide
Police chased down and captured a fleeing suspect thief on the night of Aug. 15 in the 1000 block of Troost Street. The suspect, Jermeal Blakley, 25, of Waukegan, is accused of stealing some $45 in merchandise from the local Walmart.
Walmart officers called police after Blakley allegedly took the merchandise and then fled the 1300 Desplaines Ave. store on foot. Based on a description they were given, officers eventually found Blakley hiding behind bushes that were near a building on the 1000 block of Troost.
When police apprehended Blakley, they discovered he had a warrant out of Lake County. He was charged with the warrant, attempting to obstruct a peace officer (providing a false name when he was caught) and retail theft.
These items were obtained from records filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 15-21, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anyone named in the report has only been charged with a crime.
-Compiled by Nick Moroni