Texting while driving a factor in crash

Riverside police charged a 52-year-old Chicago man with leaving the scene of an accident and other offenses after he allegedly drove his 2002 Ford Econoline van into two vehicles while texting on his cellphone.

According to police, the man was northbound in the 3200 block of Harlem Avenue about 1:25 p.m. on Sept. 14. Reportedly, he was glancing at his phone when he noticed traffic in front of him had stopped. He allegedly swerved into the southbound lanes of traffic to avoid rear-ending the vehicles in front of him. In the process, say police, the van struck a southbound 2006 Hyundai Tucson and a 2013 Volkswagen Passat.

The driver of the van fled the scene, but someone gave police a license plate number. Berwyn police found the van and the driver at 30th Street and Maple Avenue. No one was seriously injured in the crash, said police.

In addition to two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, he was also cited for texting while driving, improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. 

Flying down Ogden

Brookfield police charged a 25-year-old from Federal Way, Washington, with driving under the influence and speeding after a police officer reported observing him driving a red 2013 Volkswagen at 93 mph while westbound in the 9400 block of Ogden Avenue at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 12.

 Police stopped the vehicle in the 9500 block of Ogden Avenue and interviewed the driver, who appeared to be intoxicated. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly .19, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

He reportedly told police he didn’t realize he was driving 63 mph over the speed limit. Four passengers in the vehicle, ranging in age from 20 to 25, were not cited. 

Bottle smasher

A 19-year-old Berwyn man was charged with reckless conduct and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor after a North Riverside police officer reported seeing him heave a 40-ounce beer bottle into the southbound lanes of Harlem Avenue on Sept. 9 about 2:30 a.m.

According to police, the offender and another male emerged from between two apartment buildings on the east side of the 1900 block of Harlem Avenue. One of the two threw the beer bottle into the street, causing motorists to swerve to avoid the glass.

According to police, the offender’s blood-alcohol level was .257, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08. At the time of his arrest, the man was out on bond for an Aug. 27 arrest for consumption of alcohol and possession of cannabis.


A 23-year-old Berwyn resident contacted North Riverside police on Sept. 12 to report that her 2005 Chevy Cobalt had been burglarized.

According to the police report, she parked the car in the upper level lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, at 5:30 p.m. When returning to her possibly unlocked vehicle around 6 p.m., she noticed that the car’s stereo had been removed.

A resident of the 2300 block of 7th Avenue, North Riverside, reported on Sept. 13 that, sometime between Aug. 29 and Sept. 9, someone either pried or kicked the overhead door to her garage in order to gain entry to it.

No entry was made, but due to the damage, the door doesn’t open anymore.

Criminal trespass

Brookfield police charged a 25-year-old North Riverside man with criminal trespass after he reportedly tried to enter a home in the 4200 block of Custer Avenue through a bedroom window on Sept. 14 at 3:20 a.m.

The man’s girlfriend reportedly lives in the house, and he apparently had been in the house earlier that morning. About 12:30 a.m., a homeowner had seen him go out the back door and told him he wasn’t welcome when he was intoxicated.

He reportedly came back later that morning and tried to enter through his girlfriend’s bedroom window by cutting a screen before she alerted her parents, who called police. In addition to trespassing, police charged him with criminal damage to property and cited him for being disorderly while intoxicated.

Bike stolen

A Riverside woman called police on Sept. 11 to report that her son’s black and white Specialized brand mountain bike had been stolen from the rack outside Hauser Junior High, 64 Woodside Road, during the day.

The bike reportedly was not secured to the rack.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 8-14, 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 Bob Uphues