Cops: Drunk woman plowed into squad car

A 58-year-old Lyons woman was charged with drunken driving on March 22 at about 12:35 a.m. after she allegedly drove her 2011 Kia into the rear of a police SUV belonging to a Riverside police sergeant who was attending to an unrelated traffic stop in the 3900 block of Harlem Avenue in Lyons.

Riverside police say the sergeant had just stopped a 37-year-old Berwyn woman for speeding. During that investigation, the police officer learned the woman was driving on a suspended license and placed her in the back of the patrol vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe, while he interviewed the passenger of the stopped vehicle.

During the entire time, say police, the SUV’s emergency lights were flashing.

Suddenly, according to police, the 2011 Kia struck the Tahoe from behind. The woman who had been arrested by police for driving on a suspended license was not injured in the crash.

The Riverside officer stated that the driver of the Kia smelled of alcohol, and he called Lyons police to process that arrest, since the crash actually occurred in Lyons. According to Riverside police, Lyons police did charged the woman with misdemeanor DUI.

“The fact that a female driver plowed into the rear of a fully marked police car with the lights flashing demonstrates her impairment was severe,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a press release. “I’m grateful that there were no injuries as a result of her reckless actions.”


Doesn’t like being followed

North Riverside police charged a 37-year-old LaGrange man with misdemeanor assault and reckless conduct after he reportedly charged at and yelled at an undercover police officer who had been tailing his vehicle in the parking lot of the North Riverside Plaza shopping center on March 17 at about 1:20 p.m.

The officer was driving an unmarked SUV with out-of-state plates when he observed a sliver Cadillac circling the parking lot. Knowing that several cars had their catalytic converters stolen in recent months in the area, the officer began to follow the Cadillac.

At one point, a man charged out of the front passenger door at the unmarked police vehicle, yelling at the officer and banging once on the window. The police officer, reportedly fearing for his safety, pulled out his handgun, forced open the door and ordered the man to the ground.

As he exited the SUV, however, the officer forgot to take the vehicle out of gear, and it rolled forward about 10 yards into parked vehicles.


Climbing the railroad light tower

Riverside police on March 17 turned a 21-year-old Riverside woman over to Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad police after a 911 caller reported someone near the top of the light tower spanning the railroad tracks behind the 100 block of East Quincy Street.

When police arrived they reportedly located the woman on the catwalk of the light tower. She climbed down, and police reported that she appeared highly intoxicated. Police reported finding a half-finished bottle of whiskey in the woman’s purse.

The woman was turned over to BNSF police, who did not respond to the Landmark’s request for information about any charges they may have filed against the woman.


Keep it moving

A 37-year-old Brookfield man was cited for disobeying a crossing guard after he reportedly refused to move his vehicle and yelled at a 41-year-old female crossing guard outside Lincoln School near the intersection of Custer and Shields avenues.

Someone witnessing the incident called 911 and police stopped a black 2007 BMW driven by the Brookfield man. He reportedly told police he was stopped on the street, waiting for a spot to open up so he could drop off his son, when the crossing guard banged on his windshield and told him to move.

The crossing guard told police the driver, who was double parked, ignored her when she told him to keep moving. When she rapped on his windshield, the driver allegedly rolled down his window and began screaming at her, prompting a witness to call police.


Vehicle break-in

A resident of the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, reported that between March 18 and March 20 someone entered his unlocked 1998 Honda Civic and removed the stereo system from the dashboard.


Cart stolen from driveway

On March 23 a resident of the 3200 block of Grand Boulevard, Brookfield, called police to report that a medium-sized, black metal cart with 8- to 10-inch yellow wheels had been taken from the driveway of his property.


Wait, I don’t know you

A 21-year-old North Riverside woman contacted North Riverside police on March 21 after a she realized that for the past five months she had been texting about increasingly personal issues with someone she finally realized she didn’t know.

The woman and a male friend had drifted apart after she changed cellphones and lost his number. About five months ago, the woman got a text from an unknown number, but over several days became convinced it was her old friend.

Over the next five months, the two texted back and forth regularly, sharing personal and emotional experiences, according to police. When one question from her supposed friend was “too personal” she requested that they meet face to face, but her correspondent refused.

On March 18, the woman happened to meet her long-lost friend in a bar and asked why he was texting her in such a strange fashion. The man replied that he didn’t know what she was talking about.


A budding Robin Hood

A 43-year-old Brookfield man was sent away from the forest preserve area near 30th Street and Forest Avenue in Brookfield on March 22 at about 3:40 p.m. after someone called to complain that they saw someone enter the forest preserves carrying a bow and three arrows.

Shortly after police arrived, a man exited the forest preserve carrying a bow and three arrows, and he told the officer he was practicing his archery skills, using rubber arrows.

The officer advised the man of the village’s ordinance against shooting any sort of projectiles and sent him on his way.


Fowl play

An anonymous caller notified Brookfield police on March 18 at 11:16 a.m. that there was a chicken running loose in the 4400 block of Deyo Avenue. The responding officer located the chicken, but was unable to capture it.

A 44-year-old woman who lives in the 9400 block of Congress Park Avenue arrived on scene and told police one of her chickens had jumped the fence and got out of the yard. The woman caught the chicken and took it back home without further incident.


Tender moment

A 31-year-old Chicago woman is being held at Cook County Jail without bond after she was arrested in Brookfield on March 17 just before 3 a.m. in the parking lot of the Pioneer Motel, 8835 Ogden Ave.

A patrolman observed a slow-moving 2001 BMW with Florida plates stop in the middle of the 8800 block of Ogden Avenue for about 30 seconds before turning into the motel parking lot.

The officer continued to watch he vehicle and reported seeing a man and a woman talking. The female subject then reportedly leaned over to the driver and began engaging in a sexual act.

They were interrupted when the officer approached the vehicle and asked what they were doing. The driver, a 45-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., man reportedly told the officer they were looking for a motel room but couldn’t find one.

When the officer asked the female passenger for identification, she didn’t have her driver’s license on her and gave the officer a name that turned out to be false. Eventually, the officer learned the woman’s correct name and found out that there was a warrant for her arrest that was issued on October 2012 related to an identity theft case.

According to police, the woman subsequently damaged two telephones inside the Brookfield police lockup.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 17-23, 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.