Mom gives birth inside van on First Avenue

A 40-year-old Bolingbrook woman in labor on her way to Loyola University Medical Center to have a her third child last week was forced to cut the trip short when she delivered a baby boy on the side of First Avenue in Riverside, inside the minivan her husband was driving to the hospital.

Riverside police received a 911 call about 9:20 p.m. on Jan. 22 from a man who said his wife was in labor and they needed help. The woman’s husband had pulled the Toyota van over to the curb in the northbound lanes of First Avenue at 31st Street.

Four police officers and paramedics arrived at the scene about the same time, said Riverside Police Officer Tammy Pruim, who has been on active duty just since September 2014.

By the time emergency personnel arrived, the woman had already delivered the child.

“We knew she was in labor, but we didn’t know she was delivering the baby,” said Pruim. When we got there, we went to the passenger side of the vehicle and she was holding the baby.”

The officers helped paramedics assist in any way they could, supplying them with blankets and scissors to cut the baby’s umbilical cord. Police also assisted with traffic control, routing cars around the van on the busy four-lane state highway.

Pruim and Officer Fabian Navarro, another of the responding officers, said this was the first time they’d assisted with a baby delivery while on duty.

“I’ve experienced it several times before, but not in a vehicle setting,” Pruim said.

Paramedics from Riverside and North Riverside transported the woman and her child to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.

The woman’s husband told police that he and his wife were on their way to Loyola, but that they just ran out of time.

“He stated that there was not enough time, and when he looked over to his wife, she was in extreme pain and had started to deliver the baby, so he pulled to the curb and called 911 on his cellphone,” said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.

According to Pruim, the husband acted like an old pro during the ordeal.

“He was surprisingly calm,” said Pruim. “It was their third kid; he was the calmest one out there.”

Emergency room doctors at MacNeal told police that the baby was a full-term, healthy child.


Car crash causes power outage

Power was knocked out for scores of customers in Brookfield and Riverside on Jan. 23 around 9:45 p.m. after an inexperienced driver lost control of a 2003 Acura and crashed it into the Forest Avenue bridge and a power pole, which split in half and topped into the river.

Police said the vehicle was southbound on Groveland Avenue when the driver lost control trying to turn right onto Forest Avenue. The car skidded across the roadway and hit the bridge, a fence and the power pole on the south side of the street.

The driver, a 17-year-old Cicero resident and a male juvenile passenger were not seriously hurt. However, the live wires knocked into the river and on to the street caused the ground to become electrified, said police.

“We got calls from residents who said they walked outside and could feel the electricity in the ground. Police officers said the same thing,” Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

Police blocked off the area bounded by Forest, West, Pine and Lincoln avenues for three hours following the crash. A ComEd spokeswoman said 186 customers were impacted by the outage, but power was restored by 11:40 p.m.

The driver was charged with driving without a valid license and driving too fast for conditions.


BBs in Brookfield

A 70-year-old Brookfield man went to police on Jan. 19 to report that at about 6:30 p.m. he and a passenger were traveling northbound in the 4500 block of Maple Avenue in a 2011 Toyota van when four distinct rapid-fire impacts, which sounded like BBs, struck the driver’s side of the vehicle.

The man continued driving north until Ogden Avenue, where he stopped at a gas station to see what had happened. The driver reported what appeared to be small dents from BBs on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

Police were unable to identify any suspects and could find no other vehicle sin the area that appeared to be damaged by BBs.


Bored, with eggs

Riverside police cited three Berwyn residents, two of them 17 and one 19, with disorderly conduct on Jan. 24 after taking them into custody for allegedly throwing eggs at homes or parked vehicles in Riverside between the hours of 3 and 11 p.m.

Officers reported seeing egged vehicles and homes in the 500 block of Longcommon Road, the 100 and 200 blocks of Northgate Road, the 300 block of Downing Road, the 300 block of Bartram Road and the 700 block of Arlington Road. There was no permanent damage, but residents had to wash the eggs from their homes and vehicles.

A witness was able to obtain a license plate number and the vehicle was traced to Franklin Park. After a lengthy investigation, police arrested three males who reportedly told police they were bored and had driven to Riverside to egg the vehicles and homes because the village has no bright street lights, which would help conceal their actions.



  • A resident of the 3100 block of Vernon Avenue, Brookfield, reported to police that between 5 p.m. on Jan. 24 and 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 25 someone broke into his 2002 Dodge pickup, which was parked in the alley, and stole the radio from the dashboard.

Police reported that the vehicle’s driver’s side window was shattered to gain entry. The black Dual radio was valued at $100.

  • A resident of an apartment building in the 9100 block of Cermak Road, North Riverside, reported that sometime on Jan. 16 or 17, someone tried to pry open the door to her apartment.

No entry was gained, but police noted that the door was severely damaged.


Car hits house in Brookfield

Brookfield police charged a 24-year-old Brookfield man with drunken driving and cited him for several traffic violations after he reportedly lost control of his 2007 Audi SUV and crashed it into a home in the 9000 block of Sahler Avenue on Jan. 20 at 2:25 a.m.

The driver reportedly told police he was driving southbound on Park Avenue and lost control when he tried to brake at the stop sign at Sahler, where there Park ends at a T intersection. The vehicle jumped the curb, drove over the sidewalk and struck the west side of a house.

Police said the vehicle hit the house hard enough to open up a 4-by-4-foot hole in the cinder block wall, causing structural damage. Police said they did not observe any signs that the driver attempted to apply the brakes before leaving the roadway.

Police reported finding a bottle of brandy inside the SUV and the driver’s blood-alcohol content was reportedly .115, which is more than the legal limit of .08.


Felony DUI

Megan P. Barker, 25, of Chicago, faces felony drunken driving charges after she reportedly drove her 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse 57 mph in a 30 mph while eastbound in the 9500 block of Ogden Avenue, Brookfield, in the westbound lanes of traffic on Jan. 20 at about 11:25 p.m.

The vehicle swerved back into the eastbound lanes, missing an oncoming Brookfield squad car, and continued east at speeds topping 50 mph, according to police. After stopping the vehicle in the 4000 block of Maple Avenue, police reported recovering a partially consumed bottle of rum behind the driver’s seat.

Following her arrest, Barker’s blood-alcohol content was determined to be .269, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08. The DUI charge was upgraded to felony status, according to police, because Barker does not possess a valid driver’s license. She was also charged with illegal transportation of open alcohol and cited for several traffic offenses.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 17-27, 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