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Wobbly, weaving driver strikes two cars, earns DUI

Police watched the driver of a Chevrolet strike two cars while leaving a parking space at 1:24 a.m. on March 1. The vehicle then left the scene, weaving in and out of lanes on Madison Street. Officers curbed the car on the 7200 block of Madison and asked the driver for his license and insurance.

The man, a resident of Oak Park, had trouble finding his license and provided police with several copies of his vehicle registration but no insurance. When officers asked for the insurance, the man responded: “I gave it to you already.”

Exiting the vehicle, he leaned on the car for support. A search of the car revealed an open can of beer. He blew a blood alcohol content of 0.296, more than three times the legal limit.

He was charged with driving under the influence and illegal transportation of alcoholic liquor.  

Resident charged with DUI

A Chevrolet Cruze made a sharp turn in the middle of Harlem Avenue at 11:51 p.m. on March 2. The driver then stopped about 20 feet ahead of the red light at the intersection of Harlem and I-290 and continued to inch forward. The light turned green, and the car continued on, weaving from lane to lane on Harlem.

Police curbed the car on the 800 block of Harlem. They noticed an open bottle of liquor in the back seat and an open beer in the driver’s cup holder.

After being asked for his license and insurance, the man, a Forest Park resident, replied, “I’m just trying to go home; I’m almost home already.”

After searching his pockets and the car, the man finally found his license. He told police the vehicle was uninsured and that he had one beer and one shot of cognac.

He blew a blood alcohol content of 0.130, above the legal limit of .08.

The man was charged with improper turn, improper lane usage, disobeying a traffic control device, operating an uninsured vehicle, illegal transportation of alcohol and two counts of driving under the influence.   

Walmart employee’s car stolen

A Walmart employee’s Kia Sportage was stolen at the end of his shift on Feb. 26. The victim was leaving the store at 1300 Desplaines Ave. about 2:40 a.m. when he got notification on his phone that his car had started and was traveling away from the parking lot.

The man ran outside and saw his Kia traveling west on Roosevelt Road. He called police and continued to track the vehicle to the 500 block of 2nd Avenue in Maywood. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the car.

Items missing after AirBnB renter leaves 

Electronics and clothes were allegedly stolen by an AirBnB tenant on March 2. The home on the 100 block of Elgin was rented on AirBnB for a single day. On March 2, a neighbor called the homeowner and told him a large party was going on at the house.

Police arrived, issued a warning to the occupants, who turned the music down. Later that day, the owner returned to the home and found many of his windows and doors wide open. Alcohol was on the floor, trash all over the place and cigar remnants left behind.

The owner had dead-bolted the basement area. The tenants allegedly broke the lock and stole about $3,000 worth of electronics and clothes from the home.

Purses stolen from car

At some point between 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 and 7 a.m. on May 1, someone stole three purses from a Hyundai Elantra parked on the 300 block of Circle. The purses contained a birth certificate, passport, gym shoes and sweatsuit. The total value of items taken is at least $1,120.

Wallet stolen

Sometime between 7 and 9 p.m. on Feb. 28, someone stole a wallet from Jimmy’s Place, 7411 Madison St. The victim told police he put his wallet on the bar and realized it was missing later that night.

Burglar bags batteries

At some point between 7 p.m., Feb. 22 and 12:15 p.m., Feb. 25, someone stole four batteries totaling $440 from a semi-tractor trailer parked on the 1300 block of Circle.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Feb. 24-March 3, 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.

Nona Tepper