A Berwyn man whom Riverside police suspect was drunk when he led an officer on a high-speed chase on May 31 was scheduled to appear in court the next morning on a separate drunk-driving arrest in Berwyn.
Now Carlos Estrada, 42, is in Cook County Jail, held on $300,000 bond, and awaits another appearance in front of a judge.
A Riverside police officer pulled Estrada over near Harlem Avenue and Lawton Road just before 9 p.m. on May 31 for driving a vehicle with expired license plates. When the officer approached the vehicle, Estrada reportedly sped off southbound on Harlem Avenue.
Moments later, a second Riverside officer saw Estrada’s car heading northbound on Harlem Avenue. The officer chased Estrada briefly, but cut it short after Estrada allegedly blew eight stop signs while driving more than 50 mph on Windsor Avenue.
By 1 a.m. on June 1, the day Estrada was to appear in court, a Riverside officer located Estrada’s vehicle and followed it to his Berwyn home in the 3600 block of Wisconsin Avenue.
Police confronted Estrada when he left his vehicle, but Estrada reportedly ran from police only to be captured after a brief foot chase. He was taken to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn to treat a scratch on his head and submitted to a blood draw, which police hope to use to pursue DUI charges against him.
Riverside police also learned that Estrada’s license previously was revoked for three prior DUI convictions.
Gas station targeted again
Two men tampered with one of the gas pumps at the Mobil station, 9137 Ogden Ave. on June 2, allowing them to steal 98 gallons of gas, valued at $429.
It was the third time in a week the gas station had been targeted by gasoline thieves. On May 28 and 29, more than $6,000 in gasoline was pumped from the station’s tanks without anyone paying for it.
Video footage of the latest incident showed that the gas was stolen around 9:20 p.m. after a large white SUV pulled up and two men exited the vehicle. The men pulled back the front panel of the gas pump and disabled the meter, allowing them to pump gas without it registering inside the station.
Alcohol was involved
After reportedly getting into an altercation with someone at a local tavern, Brookfield resident John Hurley, 51, apparently decided to take out his frustration on his neighbor.
When police arrived in the 3800 block of Forest Avenue on June 1 at 4:42 p.m., they reported finding Hurley “highly intoxicated” and complaining of bruised ribs, which were hurt during a scuffle with his 61-year-old neighbor.
According to witnesses, Hurley, who is white, yelled a racial epithet several times towards his neighbor, who is black, and kicked open his neighbor’s fence, damaging a lawn ornament in the process.
The neighbor went outside to confront Hurley, who reportedly tried to sucker punch the neighbor, but missed. The two then began wrestling on the ground before a neighbor broke up the scuffle.
Police charged Hurley with assault, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. At the hospital being treated for his injuries, Hurley reportedly told police his neighbor was lucky. “I should have kicked his ass. I’m a fourth-degree black belt,” police reported him stating.
Left it for just 10 minutes
A North Riverside resident told police that he left his Trek bicycle, valued at $700, on his neighbor’s front lawn in the 2500 block of Hainsworth Avenue at 11:45 a.m. Ten minutes later, he noticed the bicycle missing. The bike was described as yellow with front fork shocks and silver writing.
North Riverside police charged Eduardo Vasquez, 23, of Berwyn, with reckless driving and speeding after clocking him driving his white 1995 BMW sedan 76 mph in a 35-mph zone while headed eastbound in the 7800 block of Cermak Road on June 3 at 2 a.m.
A resident of the 3900 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that during the overnight hours of May 31 and June 1, someone removed 50 feet of aluminum gutters stacked behind his garage. The gutters were reportedly on the man’s property and not in the alley
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 27-June 5, 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