Chicago man arrested for DUI in Walmart parking lot

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By Nona Tepper

Chicago man arrested for DUI in Walmart parking lot

Police responded to the Walmart parking lot about 3:26 p.m. on Dec. 1, for an accident that occurred at 1300 Desplaines Ave. 

A woman told police she had parked her Honda Civic in front of the store and was loading groceries in the trunk, when a Dodge Magnum struck her rear bumper. A Chicago man exited the Dodge, and began cursing and yelling at the women. The woman believed he was drunk. 

A security guard heard there was a disturbance outside the store, and approached the Dodge. He told police the man had a bottle of vodka on his lap, which he threw into the passenger's seat. The man began to yell at the guard, who also described the man as drunk. 

When police talked to the man, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol, and, after searching his vehicle, they found four bottles of vodka. The man was transported to the police station, where he blew a blood alcohol content of 0.392, almost five times the legal limit. He told police he was on his way to work at the Walmart in North Riverside. 

He was cited for driving with his license suspended, failure to reduce speed, two counts of driving while under the influence, and illegal transportation of alcohol. He was transported to Rush Oak Park Hospital due to his high level of intoxication. 

DUI on Harlem

Police spotted a car driving erratically with its caution lights on the 7400 block of Randolph about 3:50 a.m. on Nov. 30. The officer followed the car, watched it nearly strike a parked vehicle at the intersection of Randolph and Circle, and then weaved in and out of lanes on Harlem Ave. 

Police curbed the vehicle on the 400 block of Harlem in Oak Park. When the officer asked the Riverdale driver for his license and insurance, the man responded by turning up the music. 

The Riverdale man exited the vehicle, and failed the horizontal gaze, balance and walking tests. He told police he had been celebrating his birthday and that they should just arrest him for driving while under the influence (DUI).   

Police placed him in custody, and the man began yelling and threatened to knock them out. He refused a breathe test. 

The man was charged with DUI, improper lane usage and failure to signal lane change.     

Man robbed on Roosevelt 

A man told police he was robbed on Roosevelt Road about 5:10 p.m. on Nov. 27.

The victim said he was walking toward his car, when a man grabbed his wallet and cellphone, shoved him, and fled west through an alley. The man then entered a car with tinted windows.

The victim told police his wallet contained $20 cash, a Link card, prepaid debit card and his state ID.

Fleeing police on the Ike

Police spotted an Infiniti stopped at a red light at 700 Harlem Ave. about 12:33 a.m. on Dec. 2. When the light changed, the Infiniti made a left turn from the center lane,  cutting off and nearly crashing into other vehicles.

Officers curbed the vehicle at the entrance ramp of I-290. As police approached the car, they smelled a strong odor of cannabis. The driver rolled down his window, looked at the officer and then fled at a high rate of speed, crossing multiple lanes.

Police checked the vehicle's license plate, and found the driver's license was suspended. The driver was also charged in July 2018 for aggravated fleeing and eluding and driving with suspended license in Chicago.

Two cars broken into

Sometime between 9 p.m. on Nov. 27 and 10 a.m. on Nov. 29, someone entered a BMW 58i parked on the 7400 block of Madison Street and stole two debit cards. The victim said her doors were unlocked.

Between 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, someone stole a catalytic converter from a Honda Odyssey parked on the 400 block of Beloit.

Garage burglarized

Sometime between 9 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, someone stole two bikes valued at $500 total, a guitar valued at $1,000, and change from a Ford Fusion parked in a garage on the 900 block of Elgin. The doors of the garage were unlocked.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Forest Park Police Department, Nov.26-Dec. 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.

Compiled by Nona Tepper

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