A Brookfield police officer on April 27 made a routine traffic stop to write a ticket to a litterbug and ended up snagging a reputed heroin dealer in the process.

At about 2:20 a.m., the officer noticed a 1995 Infiniti G20 with only one headlight traveling northbound in the 3800 block of Maple Avenue. In the 3400 block the officer reported seeing a plastic bottle fly from one of the car’s windows, and he pulled the car over in the 3100 block.

The driver, Chicago resident Natalia Pettaway, 19, was arrested for driving on a suspended license, while backseat passenger Raeisha Cox, 18, of LaGrange, was issued a ticket for littering.

Meanwhile, the officer recognized backseat passenger Antonio E. Webber, 18, of Bellwood, known to the officer as a suspected drug dealer. The officer asked Webber if he could search him, and was given consent, according to the police report.

The officer reportedly found a zip lock bag with a white powder in Webber’s pants pocket. Webber allegedly tried to run away from the officer, but his baggy pants reportedly slowed him down enough that the officer was able to tackle him 25 feet away.

Cox also tried to run away at the same time, but was caught by another officer at Garfield and Elm. She was also charged with one count of obstructing justice. A more thorough search of Webber turned up more than 20 bags of heroin weighing 11.7 grams in total. Police also recovered 1.8 grams of cannabis. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and resisting arrest. He is in Cook County Jail on $100,000 bond awaiting a May 25 court date at the Maybrook courthouse.

Vehicle stolen in Brookfield

A resident of the 3600 block of Rosemear Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that between 10:30 p.m. on April 30 and 11 a.m. on May 1, someone stole his company-owned 2001 Nissan X-Terra, which was parked in front of his house. The man told police he wasn’t sure if the vehicle’s doors were locked and that he kept a spare key under the driver’s seat.

Front-end loader stolen from work site

The owner of the construction company building the CVS store at the corner of Harlem Avenue and Cermak Road in North Riverside reported to police that between 7 p.m. on April 25 and 6:30 a.m. on April 26 someone entered the work site and made off with a Case 450 Skid Steer, a 4-ton front-end loader that retails for about $34,000.

Would you like fries with that?

Maria A. Hobson, 38, of Berwyn, was charged with battery after she allegedly punched a 40-year-old Berwyn woman in the eye as the victim was attempting to go through the drive-thru at Wendy’s, 7200 25th St. in North Riverside at about 5 p.m. on April 27. The punch was apparently related to an ongoing dispute between the two women, who were once close friends, according to the police report. The incident was reportedly unplanned Ð Hobson simply happened to see the victim in the parking lot and allegedly attacked her. Hobson reportedly told police she was in the hospital at the time of the attack, and offered up hospital discharge papers dated April 28. However, police said the date appeared to be altered. A call to the hospital revealed Hobson was discharged on April 25.

DUI arrests in Riverside

Riverside police charged Lyons resident Anibal Gutierrez, 28, with driving under the influence on May 1 just after 4:30 a.m. after an officer who was writing a parking ticket on Harlem Avenue near Lawton saw a 2009 Toyota without headlights heading southbound on Harlem. The officer pulled the Toyota over at Blackhawk Road and reported that the driver, Gutierrez, appeared intoxicated. Gutierrez reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DUI.

Lyons resident James Fernandez, 39, faces drunk driving charges when just before midnight on May 1 a Riverside police officer pulled him over for not yielding to an emergency vehicle and for speeding. According to the report, Fernandez did not yield to a Cook County Sheriff’s squad car that was responding to a separate incident. Fernandez then turned westbound on to Ogden Avenue and accelerated to 51 mph, police said, before being pulled over at Shakespeare Avenue. Fernandez’s blood-alcohol level was reportedly .102, which is over the legal limit of .08.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 25-May 1, 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