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Police stopped a car on a traffic violation at 11:26 p.m., Feb. 9, at Harlem and Lexington. The officer recognized three men from previous contacts and allegedly knew all as admitted heroin users. The officer observed a bag of empty syringes on the dashboard and needle caps on the floor.

Police stopped a car on a traffic violation at 11:26 p.m., Feb. 9, at Harlem and Lexington. The officer recognized three men from previous contacts and allegedly knew all as admitted heroin users. The officer observed a bag of empty syringes on the dashboard and needle caps on the floor.

‘I didn’t do nothing wrong,” said the driver, as he passed forward his ID and proof of insurance. The officer asked if anyone in the car was a diabetic. None of the men answered. The officer asked the driver to exit the car and informed him that his narcotic-seeking police dog would be checking the vehicle. At this point the driver immediately reported that he had heroin ‘hidden” on him. He reached in his waist band and retrieved two pieces of plastic tape, which allegedly contained three baggies with an off-white, powdery substance. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Failed cab getaway

Police were summoned to the Kmart at 7630 Roosevelt Rd. at 5:57 p.m., Feb. 11, after store personnel allegedly observed two men loading up a cart with two televisions, two DVD players, a Panasonic home theater and one Harmony remote and pushing it out the doors past the point of payment. The men approached a waiting cab but then saw police and fled, abandoning the cart full of electronics. One man ran northbound across Roosevelt Rd. and escaped, but police arrested a 31-year-old man from Riverside. He was charged with retail theft. The value of the recovered items was given as $889.94.

Tequila-with-a-squirt leads to auto damage

Police stopped a blue 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass at Franklin and Brown streets around 4:47 a.m. on Feb. 12 after noticing that the car had a front flat tire with fresh driverfs-side car damage. The female driver, 54, from Cicero, allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, difficulty standing in place (swaying) and slurred speech. Police found an open bottle of el Jimador Tequila Reposado next to her on the front seat in a black purse. Only a quarter of the liquor was left in the bottle. There were several lime slices on the center console and one on her seat when she exited the vehicle.

When questioned, she allegedly did not remember any accident. Police searched the area but were unable to find any damaged cars or property. The woman was taken to the station where she blew a breathalyzer blood alcohol content of .214, more than twice the legal limit of .08. She allegedly told officers she was drinking ‘tequila with a squirt” at 11 p.m. at a bar called Globos near Central Park Avenue and was trying to drive home. She was charged with DUI, transporting open alcohol, and driving on an unsafe tire. @

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 7-12, 2012, and represent 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 Jean Lotus