LaGrange man charged with DUI in First Ave. crash | Police reports, May 17-26

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Riverside police have charged Nikola Cevizovic, 24, of LaGrange, with driving under the influence and multiple traffic violations in connection with a rollover crash on First Avenue just south of Ridgewood Road on the night of May 17.

Cevizovic is accused to speeding at up to 90 mph while southbound on First Avenue and blowing red lights at Golfview Avenue, 31st Street and Ridgewood Road before slamming his 2016 Kia into a 200 Ford SUV that was backing out of a driveway.

The impact of the crash spun the SUV around and rolled it over onto its side on the parkway. The driver of the SUV, a 66-year-old Riverside woman, was treated for minor injuries at Loyola University Medical Center and released several hours later.

Cevizovic, meanwhile, suffered serious injuries in the crash and underwent surgery after being transported and admitted to Loyola University Medical Center. According to the police report, Cevizovic's blood-alcohol content was .127, which is more than the legal limit of .08.

He was discharged from the hospital into the custody of Riverside police on May 24. At the time of the incident, Cevizovic was on parole for a 2016 drug possession conviction. It turns out he made it eight days before being arrested again. Cevizovic had been paroled May 9.

Cevizovic was released from police custody after he posted $100 bond for the misdemeanor DUI charge. He has a June 16 hearing date at the Maybrook courthouse. 

Theft arrests

Riverside police have arrested two people they say were involved in stealing several items from a Forest Avenue residence, including an automobile, on May 10.

On that day, police responded to a 911 call from a mail carrier about a man dangling out a condominium window, saying he'd been "robbed." The man suspected two people who had been "partying" at his residence the night before had taken his car, along with a 60-inch TV, a laptop computer, cellphone and credit cards.

The car was recovered on May 11 in Berwyn and police learned stolen credit cards were used at area businesses. Surveillance cameras helped identify the offenders as the two who'd been at the condo on May 10, police said.

Police arrested Kimberly M. Morehead, 42, and Michael Farkas, 34, both of Lyons, on May 22 as they walked in the 200 block of East Burlington Street. Morehead was charged with aggravated ID theft, aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle and criminal trespassing. Farkas was charged with criminal trespassing.

Parking spot wars

A 20-year-old Chicago woman called North Riverside police on May 21 at about 1 p.m. to report that someone had thrown a brick through the rear window of her 2005 Ford, which was parked in the lot at Yia Yia's Restaurant, 2250 Harlem Ave.

The victim stated that she may have pulled into a parking spot that another car had been waiting for.

Vehicle break-ins

North Riverside police reported five vehicle break-ins from May 19-21. 

Four of the incidents reportedly took place overnight on May 18-19, three in the 2200 block of 5th Avenue and one in the 2200 block of 6th Avenue. All three vehicles were unlocked and parked on the street. Items taken included sunglasses, a Pioneer radio, new floor mats and a power drill.

One unlocked vehicle was broken into overnight on May 19-20 in the 2200 block of 6th Avenue. Empty lock boxes were taken.

Brookfield police responded to the 3900 block of Vernon Avenue on May 23 after a resident called to report that in the prior 24 hours someone had stolen an iPad out of her unlocked vehicle, which was parked outside her residence.

Two vehicles were burglarized and a third was stolen in the 4600 block of Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, during the overnight hours of May 24-25.

Neither vehicle was locked. Items taken from the vehicles included a wallet, a set of keys to another vehicle, loose change and a driver's license.

The keys were used to steal a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan, which was parked on the street. That vehicle was last seen in Darien on May 25 at about 6:20 a.m., before it was reported stolen. Darien police had run the license plates, according to the police report. 

A resident of the 700 block of Selborne Road, Riverside, called police on the morning of May 25 to report that someone had stolen a medical bag out of her vehicle during the overnight hours.

The bag was later found by a neighbor stuffed in some bushes. All of the medical equipment was intact, according to the victim. Someone else reported finding the victim's driver's license on Kent Road. The license had been in a purse inside the vehicle. 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 17-26, 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

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