A Chicago man whose driverfs license has been revoked since 1985, was arrested and charged by Riverside police with felony driving under the influence and felony driving while revoked after a traffic stop on May 12 at 9:35 p.m.

According to police Tony S. Hayes, 51, was driving erratically while heading westbound on Ogden Avenue, crossing the center line and into oncoming traffic. The arresting officer reported seeing an open beer bottle inside the vehicle and that Hayes failed field sobriety tests.

A breath test revealed Hayesf blood-alcohol level to be .21, said police, which is almost three times the legal limit of .08.

Hayesf license had been revoked in May 1985 for DUI, according to police. He had been convicted eight times since then for driving on a revoked license. He remains in Cook County Jail with bail set at $40,000.

‘Eight prior convictions show that this man needs to be placed behind bars to keep from driving and endangering the public,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a press release about Hayesf arrest.

Garage burglarized

A resident of the 9100 block of Bartlett Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that between 8 p.m. on May 11 and 5 p.m. on May 12, someone entered an unlocked garage and removed a power washer, lawnmower, snowblower, gas-powered generator, miscellaneous hand tools, a small LED TV and a six-pack of beer.

Keep your opinions to yourself

A 47-year-old Brookfield man and his 51-year-old friend, also from Brookfield, were roughed up on May 18 at about 11:40 p.m. outside a bar in the 8900 block of Burlington Avenue by two men offended by a comment the first man made.

The victims were inside the bar when the 47-year-old remarked to his friend that a female in the bar was ‘hot.” Her boyfriend overheard the remark and confronted the two men, exchanging words.

The victims left shortly afterward and as they got on their motorcycles, they were approached by two men, one of whom they recognized as the ‘hot” womanfs boyfriend, who began punching them. The two assailants then ran off toward the Prairie Avenue train station.

New use for sewer pipe

A resident of the 3100 block of Grand Boulevard, which is under construction, came out of his home about 9 a.m. on May 21 and found that a large section of concrete sewer pipe had been used as a canvas for the following message:

‘Free George Zimmerman, F— Trayvon” the message read, referring to the Florida case involving a neighborhood watch captain who allegedly shot and killed an unarmed teenager in February.

Zimmerman, who was not initially charged, now faces second-degree murder charges. The person who spray-painted the message apparently was referencing the racial overtones of the Trayvon Martin case, scrawling ‘The knee grows did it” on another section of pipe lying in the street.

Now itfs side mirrors

North Riverside police reported two instances last week in which sideview mirrors were stolen from vehicles.

On May 16, a resident in the 8000 block of Edgewater Road said that during the previous night someone removed the right sideview mirror from his 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit.

Then on May 17, a Stickney woman told police the left sideview mirror was stolen from her 2004 Chevy Suburban while parked outside Petco, 2204 Harlem Ave., between 10:15 and 11:50 a.m.@

Fire starters

Brookfield police and fire personnel were called to Jaycee/Ehlert Park just north of Gerritsen Avenue between Oak and Park avenues on May 20 at 6:17 a.m. after someone called to report that a fire had been set in one of the fields.

Police reported a still-smoldering log was lying on the grass and a ‘smoldering circle of ash in the middle of the field.”

Itfs the third time in the past month that someone has set a fire on the southern end of the park.

On April 26, an officer on patrol about 2 a.m. noticed a small fire on the ground in the outfield of the south baseball diamond. In that incident, a plastic container filled with debris had been set on fire.

Later that day about 2:20 p.m., a public works employee called police to report that a plastic garbage can located on the grass along the third-base line of the south baseball field had been melted from a fire that was started inside of it.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, May 12-21, 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