Police responded to reports of a crash at Memorial Circle, Washington/Grand/Maple in Brookfield, at 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 13, and found Nicholas Chagas, 23, of Bridgeview standing outside his damaged 2002 white Chevy S10 truck in front of Leo’s Liquor Store.

Police observed that the vehicle airbag had been deployed and noticed extensive damage to the memorial circle’s brick decorative barrier, tire tracks in the grass and damage to the brick portion of the fountain, which indicated that it had been sideswiped. Open, and in plain view in the vehicle, reportedly, was a three-quarter-empty 750 ml. glass bottle of Johnny Walker Red Label Scotch Whiskey.

Chigas failed field sobriety tests and was brought to the police station, where a breath analysis indicated a blood alcohol content of .25, three times the limit of .08. He was charged with damage to village property, failure to reduce speed, DUI, disobeying a stop sign, illegal transportation of open alcohol and not having auto insurance.

Munchies get the best of car thieves

North Riverside Police recovered a 2000 Maroon Mercury Villager minivan stolen the previous Sunday from Chicago after an officer noticed two men, at 4:20 a.m. Nov. 11, tugging on the doors of the closed Dunkin’ Donuts on the 8300 block of W. Cermak Road. (The shop doesn’t open till 5 a.m.) They were joined by two other men who exited the parked minivan, crossed Cermak and began walking west toward First Avenue.

Since the minivan was the only vehicle in the lot other than a Toyota, which the responding officer knew to belong to an employee, the officer called in the plate and found that the car had been reported stolen. 

Summoning backup, police arrested Kevontay C. Toomer, 18; Christie K. Lopez, 18; Tyrone Gaddis, 22; and Taray Love, 18, all of Chicago.

The key to the Mercury was found on a window ledge beside the Dunkin’ Donuts and the car was found to contain two cellphones and “other miscellaneous garbage.”

The men were questioned and Lopez and Gaddis told police they had attended a Brookfield party and then stopped to eat. When police contacted the owner of the car, she told them the car had been stolen while she was inside a gas station at 59th and Morgan in Chicago the previous Sunday night. She said she had left her purse and keys in the vehicle.

Erratic driving leads to drug arrest

A North Riverside police officer, participating in the WEDGE program, assisted in the arrest of two men who had 16.8 grams of heroin, four Suboxone sublingual films and hypodermic syringes in the parking lot of the Walgreens at Harlem Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park on Nov. 11 around 4 p.m.

The men came to the officer’s attention after making an abrupt turn across four lanes of traffic. The driver, Harold J. Ziegler, 29, of Malden, said he was unfamiliar with the neighborhood and thus had made the maneuver.

The officer noticed a paper bag filled with syringes on the vehicle floor. Passenger Paul C. Hayden, 28, of Tiskilwa, was patted down and a package slid down Hayden’s leg and out of his trousers. It was a Ziploc bag with 17 smaller Ziploc bags containing a foil-wrapped substance that tested positive for heroin.

Hayden, who was on parole for a previous possession of controlled substances case, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of hypodermic syringes. Ziegler was charged with an improper turn.

Landscaping the wrong house

A woman in the 9100 block of Brookfield told police that landscapers from Jose’s Landscaping Co. had mistakenly trimmed her father’s bushes and pine tree and picked up leaves on the property. When questioned, the workers realized they were supposed to landscape the house next door. The woman and her father told police they were upset because they did not request the service and the landscape work reduced the privacy of the house.

Other DUI

Brenda Delgado-Rodriguez, 26, of Chicago, was arrested by Riverside police and charged with DUI after being observed driving 43 mph in a 30 mph zone at 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 10 on Desplaines Avenue.

Denise L. Spiewak, 42, of the 4500 block of Brookfield, was arrested on the 4300 block of Maple by Brookfield police and charged with DUI after being observed driving without headlights at 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 12.

Kanshal Jeewant, 27, of Countryside, was arrested by Riverside police at 4:07 a.m. on Nov. 12 after being clocked driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone on First Avenue.

Riverside burglaries

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel alerted residents that two garages were burglarized during the same time period in the area of Shenstone Street and Harlem Avenue, reported on Nov. 10 and 11. In both instances, nothing was reported stolen, and in one case, a garage door was reinforced, thwarting the attempt.

Another burglary reported last week was determined to have been an attempt by a friend to gain entry into a Riverside house.

A business on Harlem and Ogden avenues reported pry marks on a door frame on Nov. 14, but no entry was reported.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 7-14, 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 Jean Lotus