The other guy won the drag race

“I was just trying to get home,” is what the unlicensed driver of a green 2006 Dodge Charger told Forest Park police after he was stopped speeding 80 mph in a lane beside another vehicle in the 7600 block of Roosevelt Road around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 13. The 24-year-old Maywood man was charged with speeding 45 miles per hour over the speed limit. The other vehicle turned down a side street and disappeared and was not found by assisting police.

Keep your gang-signs to yourself

Police patrolling Harlem and Circle Avenue around 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 15 noticed a 40 year old Elmwood Park man stepping into the lane of traffic and making hand gestures to the drivers of passing cars and stepping back to the curb as they passed. As the cop passed in an unmarked vehicle, the man allegedly made the gesture to the officer. The officer turned on the emergency lights and stopped. The officer asked the man, who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, why he was flashing gang signs to passing cars. “Run my name then you’ll see,” he allegedly responded. Dispatch reported that the man was a self-described Insane Deuce gang member. He was told to stop making gang signs or he might provoke retaliation by someone with an opposing gang affiliation. “I’d rather be arrested than leave,” he allegedly said. He was found to be on bond for a July 31 arrest for retail theft and was charged with reckless conduct.

Out-of-towners busted with drugs

Police arrested a 23 year old woman from Crystal Lake and a man from Elgin (age not given) at the Thornton’s gas station in the 600 block of Harlem after observing the woman’s 1995 green Ford Contour sitting at a gas pump without anyone pumping gas around 1 a.m. on Aug. 13. A male passenger in the Contour exited the vehicle and walked back and forth into the gas station convenience store several times without appearing to purchase anything. When asked where she was prior to being curbed by Forest Park police, she allegedly said she was “taking pictures of buildings” but she could not remember where. When police searched the vehicle, an officer recovered a small zip-loc baggy containing a white chalky substance which later tested positive for cocaine and weighed 1 gram. A burnt spoon covered with a burnt substance (suspected cocaine) and a small glass pipe with burnt ends were also recovered from the car. She and the man were charged with possession of controlled substance and she was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Out of my garage!

A resident in the 7600 block of Harrison looked out his back window around noon on Aug. 17 and saw an unknown 50 year old male enter his back gate and walk into his garage via the open side service door. He cautiously followed the man and looked into the garage, where he saw the man exiting the passenger side door of his 2009 Subaru. The man then opened the back door and entered the car. The resident pushed the automatic garage door opener button and the man was startled and fled. Police found a man fitting his description on the CTA platform at 711 Desplaines. Nothing was reported missing from the car. The man had no previous record and allegedly stated that he was desperate for a little money and was just going to steal change from the car. He was released without charges.

Before visiting mom

An officer observed a parked vehicle alone in the closed parking lot of Proviso Math and Science Academy High School in the 8600 block of Roosevelt Rd. around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 17. Approaching the car, the officer allegedly smelled the “burning rope” odor associated with cannabis. The driver, a 25 year old Bolingbrook woman, told the officer she had stopped the vehicle in the lot to consume cannabis prior to visiting her mother in Maywood. She produced a plastic bag containing one gram of a green leafy substance and allegedly said she was, “having a bad day.” She was issued a local ordinance ticket.

Get your own megachurch

A 20 year old woman from Lombard was taken away by police after she allegedly jumped onto the stage at the Living Word Christian Center as Pastor Bill Winston was preaching around 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 19. Security transported her outside and police were summoned after she refused to leave the building. She repeatedly said that she didn’t answer to anybody but God and that she wasn’t going to leave because God had told her she had a higher power. She was told she was welcome in the church if she didn’t disrupt the service, but she continued to allegedly “rant and rave about a higher calling and her not being bound by the laws of the land.” At the station she was processed “between her rants” and charged with criminal trespass. Her family came to collect her and stated they would look into getting her psychological treatment.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Aug. 13-19, 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