Passed out behind the wheel on Madison Street
Forest Park police charged a 20-year-old Norwood, Massachusetts, man with driving under the influence after two passersby reported finding him passed out behind the wheel of a 2009 Honda, which was blocking eastbound traffic on Madison Street at Thomas Avenue at about 6:50 p.m. on Oct. 17.
According to the police report, the two passersby noticed the man slumped over at the wheel. The car’s engine was running, the vehicle was in drive and the driver had his foot on the brake.
One of the passersby opened the driver-side door, put the car in park and removed the keys while the other called police. The two men waited by the car until police arrived.
A police officer was able to speak with the driver of the Honda, but was unable to understand what he was saying. The office also noted that the driver did not have any pants or shoes on, just a sweatshirt and a pair of boxer shorts.
After determining the driver was intoxicated, the officer took him into custody and placed him in a holding cell, where the man urinated on the floor.
The man’s blood-alcohol content reportedly was .247, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08.
In addition to DUI, the man was also cited for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, improper parking on a roadway, operating an uninsured vehicle and criminal defacement of property.
Attempted vehicle theft
A resident of the 1000 block of Beloit Avenue called police at about 10:10 p.m. on Oct. 18 to report that someone had attempted to steal his 2005 Dodge Caravan, which was parked near his residence.
According to police, the attempted theft occurred between 5 and 10 p.m. that day. The front passenger side window had been pulled out of its track, giving the offender entry to the vehicle.
Inside, the ignition cylinder was removed and was later found on the passenger side floor.
An employee at Currie Motors, 7901 Roosevelt Road, called police on Oct. 14 at about 10:15 a.m. to report that during the overnight hours, someone entered a 1992 Ford Ranger pickup truck, which was parked on the lot, and removed the radio from the dashboard.
Revenge for social media post
Three men, all of them 18 years old, from DeKalb, Broadview and Chicago were charged with battery after they allegedly attacked an 18-year-old Chicago man and a 13-year-old Chicago boy in the parking lot of Walmart, 1300 Desplaines Ave. on Oct. 16 at about 9:20 p.m.
The two victims left the store and were walking to their vehicle when they were reportedly approached by a “large group” of subjects who began beating the 18-year-old victim.
When the 13 year old attempted to stop the beating, he allegedly was attacked too. The subjects fled when police arrived but three were identified by the victims.
According to the police report, one of the offenders stated that the incident was provoked by a prior 2015 incident and that one of the victims had made jokes and comments about it on social media.
Driving really fast
A Berwyn man faces misdemeanor speeding charges after a Forest Park police officer reported him traveling 75 mph in a 30 mph zone while southbound in the 800 block of Harlem Avenue on Oct. 17 at 2:45 a.m.
The driver slowed down after he saw the officer’s patrol car and pulled over in the 7200 block of Harvard Street. When asked why he was going 75 mph, the driver claimed he didn’t know he was traveling that fast, according to police.
Oh, well …
Police charged a 54-year-old Forest Park woman with theft of services after she allegedly couldn’t pay a cab fare after she was let off outside a bar in the 7600 block of Madison Street on Oct. 13 at about 11:40 p.m.
The woman had attempted to cash a check at Walmart and Ultra Foods and was refused, so she told the cab driver to take her to a bar where she could get the cash. But the woman was unable to get cash there. When the cab driver threatened to call police, she reportedly responded, “Oh, well.”
Police located the woman walking in the 7700 block of Van Buren Street and arrested her.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Oct. 12-18, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
—Compiled by Bob Uphues