Chrysler breakdown leads to struggle, arrest

A woman whose vehicle had a flat tire in the 700 block of Desplaines Avenue ended up in an argument with police when she didn’t want to pay for a tow truck and was arrested around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 26. The 28-year-old Maywood woman’s car was stopped between highway ramps leading to the I-290 expressway just as rush hour was beginning. Officers summoned a tow truck twice, but she refused to pay for it, saying she could not afford it. She allegedly refused to exit her 2000 blue Chrysler sedan even after being threatened with arrest. When pulled from her auto, she reportedly struggled with the officers and resisted. When brought to the station, it was discovered that she was driving with a suspended license, so her car was impounded. She was also charged with resisting arrest, battery and obstruction.

Tools stolen

Two drills and a chainsaw were removed from the garage in the 1100 block of Marengo between 5:30 and 10 a.m. on Nov. 28 by someone who entered through an unlocked side door.


A man sitting on his balcony in the 200 block of Elgin told police he observed a white Jeep SUV strike a parked Ford Focus in the rear, then drove on around 1 a.m. on Nov. 30. The car stopped a few blocks away and the witness saw a woman exit the Jeep and check it for damage. Another neighbor heard the crash from her backyard and jumped into her car, following the Jeep. She captured the license plate number and summoned police. An Oak Park officer stopped the Jeep at Pleasant and Harlem and interviewed the driver, a 35-year-old woman from Toulon. The officer observed that she had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. She told the officer she knew she had hit a vehicle and was trying to find a parking spot. The woman failed field sobriety tests and allegedly began to cry, saying she only had one Blue Moon at dinner. At the station, she blew a .113 on the breathalyzer (over the legal limit of .08) and was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

An Oak Park man was arrested and charged with DUI after officers pulled him over for driving his white 2013 Hyundai without headlights at Madison and Wisconsin in Oak Park around 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 1. The man allegedly exited the vehicle using the door for support, and his breath emitted a strong odor of alcohol, according to reports. He told police he was coming home from a friend’s house in Forest Park. He allegedly failed field sobriety tests and blew a .146, over the legal limit of .08 on the breathalyzer. He was charged with DUI.

Dodge vans, stolen and vandalized

Nothing appeared to be missing from a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country van that came to an officer’s attention because its alarm was sounding around 10 p.m. on Dec. 1. The van was parked in the 7300 block of Madison, and police observed that a passenger-side window had been pulled from the molding so the manual lock could be disengaged. An evidence technician collected what data he could from smudges on the window.

Overnight Dec. 1, a purple 2001 Dodge Caravan was stolen from its parking place behind a residence in the 100 block of Elgin. Owners told police no one else had access to keys or had permission to use the vehicle.

These items were obtained from the records of the Forest Park Police Department, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 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.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...