DUI, no driver’s license, and spilled beer

A Chicago man was arrested for driving under the influence about 3:12 a.m. on the 2400 block of Harlem, Sept. 13. 

Police observed a BMW speeding on the 1400 block of Harlem, traveling 64 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone. Officers nearly caught up to the vehicle at the intersection of Harlem and Cermak when the driver sped through a red light. Police activated their emergency lights and siren, and pulled the BMW over at 24th Street. 

When police approached the driver, they saw an open bottle of beer, its contents spilling onto the back passenger side doormat. Officers asked the man for his driver’s license and insurance, and the man handed police his state ID card. 

The card identified him as Peter Ramos, 34, of Chicago, and a computer check found he has never held a driver’s license. 

Ramos failed the field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. At the station, Ramos provided a breath sample, which revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.127 in his system, a level above the legal limit of 0.08. 

Ramos received a felony DUI charge, and was citing for not holding valid driver’s license or insurance, illegal transportation of open alcohol, disobeying a red light and speeding. 

Truck fire at National Roofing Company

Forest Park police and fire officials extinguished a fire in the bed of a truck about 1:38 a.m. in the yard of National Roofing Company on Sept. 12. The fire department’s preliminary analysis found the fire was caused by smoldering construction material that ignited in the bed of the truck. The truck was owned by National Roofing Company, 1237 Circle Ave. in Forest Park. 

Cannabis, gun uncovered
 from idling car

Police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle about 3:47 p.m. on the 800 block of Elgin on Sept. 13. 

Officers approached the car, and smelled fresh marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver handed police his driver’s license, and a valid firearm owners identification (FOID) card. He told police he had a gun in the glove compartment, and a bag of cannabis underneath the driver’s seat.  

Police found an unloaded Glock 21 in a gun bag in the glove compartment. 

Officers transported the man to the Forest Park Police Department, where he told officers he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day, was waiting for his friend prior to police arrival, and that the gun had been in his glove box for a few weeks. 

The man was cited for possession of cannabis.   

Police recover cannabis at traffic stop

Police observed a car turning north on the 100 block of Harlem without using its turn signal about 9:21 p.m. on Sept. 12. 

Officers pulled the driver over, asked for his driver’s license and insurance, and the man told officers he did not have his license but provided his name and date of birth. Meanwhile, police smelled cannabis coming from the vehicle. 

They searched the vehicle and found nothing. A search of the passenger uncovered less than 10 grams of suspected cannabis in his pocket. 

The man was cited for possession of cannabis. 

Three homes burglarized

Between 11:45 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sept. 12, a man walked into his townhome on the 7300 block of Franklin and found a man in his bedroom. The burglar fled through a sliding glass door, with a PS4 gaming system in hand. The burglar entered through a window, police say.

Sometime between 12 and 1 p.m. on Sept. 12, someone broke into a home on the 800 block of Marengo and stole seven pieces of jewelry, valued about $4,000 total. The victim told police she kept a spare key under a flower pot in the backyard, which is now missing.

At some point between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Sept. 12, someone broke into a home on the 100 block of Marengo and stole a half-empty bottle of Jose Cuervo and plastic container filled with change. 

Lawnmower, bolt cutters stolen from garage

A burglar stole a lawnmower and pair of bolt cutters from a garage about 6 p.m. on the 1500 block of Elgin on Sept. 8. The victim said he left his garage door open. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Sept. 11-16, 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