Driver sends police on goose chase, nearly hits squad car

A Forest Park man was charged with a felony for aggravated attempt to elude a police officer after speeding down Circle and Roosevelt and abruptly stopping on the 7300 block of 14th Street at 9:16 a.m. on July 10.

Officers saw Dorjon Lyles, 26, driving a BMW down Jackson with no front license plate. He then turned onto Harrison without using his turn signal. Officers attempted to pull him over, but Lyles sped down Circle, blowing through a stop sign and reaching at least 65 miles per hour in a 25 speed limit zone. He slowed down at Roosevelt, but accelerated again, nearly striking the squad car on the 1300 block of Circle, then abruptly stopping in the parking lot of apartments on 14th Street. 

Lyles told the officers he didn’t have a driver’s license. A name check revealed he had an active warrant out in Forest Park for driving while his license was suspended, and that his license was suspended for driving while under the influence.

Acura stolen at Wingstop

Sometime between 9 and 9:35 p.m. on July 11, someone stole an Acura parked at Wingstop. The victim told police he parked the car at 1215 Harlem, leaving the car doors unlocked and the vehicle running, and went inside to order food. He said the trunk was also partially open because he had just bought a baby crib from Target that didn’t quite fit. After 15 minutes, the Acura disappeared.

Burglar lifts purse from Lexus

A man stole a purse from a Lexus parked near the propane refill station on Harrison at 11:51 a.m. on July 9. The driver parked the Lexus near the station, and left her black purse on the passenger seat. Someone then entered the vehicle and took her purse, which contained $60 cash, a check for $1,260, multiple credit and gift cards, a Medicare card, driver’s license, supplemental insurance cards, and school identification cards. The man fled north on Harlem and possibly entered the CTA.

Couple caught with multiple names, credit cards

A police officer on patrol saw a Hyundai driving slowly through Thornton’s gas station lot at 3:12 p.m. on July 13. Because of the recent increase in car thefts and carjackings, the officer decided to follow the driver, checked the license plate and realized the owner had an active warrant and an expired instruction permit. He pulled over at the intersection of Harlem and 14th Street, the driver was arrested. Officers also arrested the passenger because he had two active warrants, one from the Chicago Police Department for armed robbery. 

At the station, police found in his wallet several credit cards from numerous banks with multiple names. The man is wanted for credit card fraud, and police believed some of the cards were fraudulent or stolen.  

When they searched the vehicle, officers found a backpack containing several credit cards with variated spellings of the passenger’s name from multiple banks, and a digital card reader. Police believe those cards were also either fraudulent or stolen. 

Police found several more loose credit cards in the vehicle. 

Man arrested for criminal trespass

Police arrived at the 1400 block of Circle at 5:59 p.m. on July 10 on a call about a man loitering near the apartment. The property manager told officers the man had previously been evicted from the apartment building and continues to return, even though he had been told several times that he is not allowed on the property. 

Police arrived, found the man sitting on a chair in the backyard and a name check revealed he has an active warrant out for criminal trespass at the same location. The man immediately told police he was leaving and attempted to get up from the chair, but officers told him to sit down. The man started to argue with police. Officers told him he was under arrest, but the man struggled and resisted. Eventually police secured his handcuffs and tried to walk the man to the squad car, but he continued to twist and pull away from police. Officers thought he might run away, so they tackled him. He was charged with criminal trespass to property and two counts of resisting, obstructing and disarming an officer. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, July 9-16, 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 Nona Tepper