Van leaves roadway in Riverside DUI

A 25-year-old Berwyn woman was charged with drunken driving and several traffic offenses after she allegedly lost control of her 2002 Ford minivan and drove it off the roadway and into at least two trees in the 200 block of Woodside Road before coming to rest partially on the front lawn of a home at about 4:15 a.m. on Nov. 1.

According to police, the van was headed southbound on Woodside Road before it veered left onto the grass median, where it ran over a small tree, and then across Woodside Road onto the parkway and sidewalk before striking a large tree. The driver suffered a large gash to her chin as a result of the crash.

According to police, the driver appeared to be intoxicated. They also reported that her driver’s license had been previously suspended. Personnel at Loyola University Medical Center, where the driver was taken for treatment, drew blood to check for her blood-alcohol content.

The van sustained heavy damage to the front passenger side. The force of the impact against the large tree was so great that the front passenger side wheel was broken off its axle.

  • Riverside police charged Paul Rivera, 46, with felony drunken driving after being stopped for speeding while southbound on Harlem Avenue on Nov. 2 at about 1:55 a.m.

According to the police report, Rivera’s vehicle went as fast as 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, crossing the center line near 39th Street before getting pulled over in the 4300 block of Harlem Avenue.

His blood-alcohol level was reported to be .182, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

At the time of his arrest, Rivera’s driver’s license was revoked for two prior drunken driving arrests.

  • A 28-year-old Wood Dale man arrested for drunken driving on Nov. 2 was ordered out of his vehicle at gunpoint by a Brookfield officer after he led police on a high-speed chase in the vicinity of Washington and Kemman avenues at about 3:25 a.m.

The vehicle finally pulled into the driveway of a home in the 9500 block of Lincoln Avenue, where the driver exited his 2009 Mercedes-Benz sedan only after being ordered to three times by police.

Police also discovered a16-year-old boy passed out in the passenger seat. The man claimed that he knew the boy’s uncle and that they ran into each other at a nightclub in Chicago, where the boy asked for a ride home. The driver claimed to have gotten lost.

The driver was charged with driving under the influence, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and cited for several traffic offenses.

 Attempted burglary

A resident of the 4500 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, reported that between noon on Oct. 31 and 4 a.m. on Nov. 1 someone broke out windows to the garage at his apartment complex and had attempted to pry open the locked service door.

Nothing appeared to be missing from the garage, according to the police report.

Beer keg bandits return

Just two weeks after two empty beer kegs were stolen from behind a Brookfield tavern, the offenders apparently returned during the overnight hours on Oct. 28-29 and made off with nine more.

Surveillance camera footage showed two subjects wearing heavy jackets enter the area in back of The Sanctuary Bar and Grill, 3747 Grand Blvd., at about 2:10 a.m., cut the chain off the kegs and carry them away toward Prairie Avenue.

Police stated that one of the subjects appeared to be the same as a subject caught on video during the Oct. 13 incident in which two unsecured kegs were stolen. The kegs are valued at $150 each.

Car break-ins

  • A resident of the 200 block of Lawton Road contacted Riverside police on Oct. 28 to report that his 1964 University of Notre Dame class ring had been taken from his vehicle on Oct. 7.

The vehicle, which was unlocked, was parked on the street. The victim did not notice that the ring was missing for several days. The 10-karat gold ring had a blood-red garnet stone.

  • A resident of the 2200 block of 5th Avenue, North Riverside, reported to police on Oct. 30 that his vehicle had been broken into overnight. The vehicle was parked on the street all night.

When the vehicle’s owner returned to the vehicle at 6:30 a.m., the driver’s side door, trunk, glove compartment and center console were all open. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle, which apparently had been left unlocked.

Scammed out of more than $1,000

A 22-year-old Brookfield woman contacted police on Oct. 28 to report she’d been scammed out of more than $1,000 by someone she had interacted with via an online babysitting website.

The victim received a text message from someone on Oct. 16 claiming to have found the victim through www.care.com. The texter said she had a friend that was moving into Brookfield soon and needed a babysitter. The two exchanged email addresses.

Two days later the victim received an email from someone named Eugenia claiming to be moving to Chicago from Australia and told her she’d send a check for $400.

The victim received a check for $1,850 and contacted Eugenia, who told the victim to deposit the $1,800, keep $400 and wire back the balance using MoneyPak cards from a local pharmacy.

On Oct. 26, the victim sent $1,435 via three MoneyPak cards to Eugenia, who then ceased contact with the victim, who soon realized she was the victim of a scam.

  • Police also received a call from a 19-year-old Brookfield woman on Nov. 1 about a similar attempt to defraud her.

That woman received a message on Oct. 26 from a woman named Eugenia via www.care.com, who said she send a check for $400 plus extra money for groceries and other necessities.

On Nov. 1, the Brookfield woman received a check for $1,850, which she presumed to be fraudulent, prompting her to contact police.

 Bicyclist ticketed for causing crash

Riverside police ticketed a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Longcommon and Selborne roads on the morning of Oct. 28, finding that the crash was caused by the cyclist disobeying a stop sign.

According to the police report, a 51-year-old Broadview man reportedly was riding south on Selborne at Longcommon and ignored the stop sign there. A 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 23-year-old Woodridge man had stopped at the stop sign before resuming travel westbound on Longcommon when the bicycle reportedly turned into his path.

The crash sent the bicyclist to the pavement, where he hurt his right knee. The cyclist was transported by paramedics to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment. After talking to both parties and an independent witness, police issued a ticket to the bicyclist for disobeying a traffic control signal.

 Can I use your phone?

North Riverside police received a call Oct. 30 from a 19-year-old Lyons man who reported that he just loaned his cellphone to someone who used it to threaten other people.

At about 7:30 p.m., according to the man, he was in the food court at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, when he was approached by an older man who asked to borrow his cellphone to make a call.

The older man, who appeared to be “crazy,” according to the Lyons man made three short phone calls. In two calls, the older man reportedly said “Hey, bitch, are you ready to die?” In the third he reportedly said, “I’m going to kill you tonight mom, and your husband, too.”

The older man then returned the phone, asked for lighter and walked away toward the mall bus stop.

 You have to leave

A 38-year-old Chicago man was evited from the Colony Motel, 9232 Ogden Ave., on Oct. 29 and arrested on an outstanding warrant after the motel’s owner called police at about 11:05 a.m. to complain that a man in Room 101 hadn’t paid his bill and wouldn’t leave.

Police found that the door to the room had been dead-bolted shut, so an officer gained entry through an unsecured window. Inside he found a man asleep in the bed. After officers woke up the man, he told them he thought a friend had paid for the room through Oct. 31.

During the incident, police learned the man was wanted on a pair of warrants, one of which was serviceable out of Winnebago County. Authorities there said they’d pick up the wanted man on Oct. 30.

 Kinda windy

Brookfield police and fire personnel responded to a home in the 4500 block of Madison Avenue on Oct. 31 at about 3:20 p.m. after someone called to report a trampoline tangled in high-voltage power wires after being blown into them by strong gusts of wind.

Police observed a large trampoline partially resting on the roof of a backyard shed and partially on wires connected to a telephone pole. Firefighters were able to move the trampoline without incident. The homeowner later told fire officials that she would attempt to secure the trampoline to prevent further incidents.

 Tombstones stolen

A resident of the 100 block of East Quincy Street, Riverside, called police on Pct. 29 at about 10:30 a.m. to report that four decorative tombstones used for Halloween decorations were stolen during the overnight hours.

The tombstones were valued at about $3 apiece. The victim related to police that Halloween decorations have been stolen from her property frequently in past years.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 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