Man gets DUI after attending funeral

Frank Cerveny Jr., 45, of San Pedro, California, faces felony drunken-driving charges among other offenses after he was stopped for reportedly driving 57 mph while southbound in the 3700 block of Harlem Avenue about 10:10 p.m. on April 26.

Cerveny, who allegedly was so intoxicated that he nearly fell over onto the roadway and had to be helped standing by a police officer, reportedly told police he was driving back from his girlfriend’s funeral in Cicero when he was pulled over.

Police also reported recovering a glass jar containing 2.5 grams of cannabis, two 8-inch folding knives and two throwing knives in the front seat area of his vehicle.

According to police, Cerveny’s California driver’s license was revoked, and he had been arrested eight times for driving while revoked. He also has a lengthy criminal record, including assault, robbery, burglary, invasion of privacy and drug offenses, said police.

In the early 1990s, Cerveny was arrested by police in Berwyn, Broadview, Chicago, Cicero, Forest Park and North Riverside.

In addition to DUI, he was charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia and driving while revoked. 

Crash shuts down First Ave.

First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and Forest Avenue was shut down in both directions for 45 minutes on April 29 after a 20-year-old Brookfield man, suspected to be under the influence of drugs, crashed his 2001 Honda into a concrete pillar supporting the BNSF Railroad bridge over the roadway.

The driver reportedly told police he lost control of his car and struck the guardrail before striking the pillar. The car sustained heavy front-end damage and the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, struck the windshield. He was taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

Police said the driver appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic and he reportedly told police he had taken methadone prior to driving. Police also reported recovering a used syringe and drug paraphernalia immediately adjacent to the accident scene.

The driver was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and cited for several traffic offenses.

Firing with firearm

Brookfield police charged a 38-year-old Tinley Park man with misdemeanor aggravated assault after allegedly displaying a handgun while engaged in a verbal confrontation with a man he’d just fired from his job.

The victim, a 50-year-old man, went to police on May 2 about 6:10 p.m. after he was fired from his job at a business in the 9200 block of 47th Street. During the “confrontation” which followed that news, the business owner reportedly lifted his shirt to display a holstered handgun and then allegedly pulled it out of the holster and handed it to someone else.

The business owner denied threatening the victim though he reportedly acknowledged he should have called police to deal with the former employee.

Garage break-ins

A resident of the 3900 block of Custer Avenue, Brookfield, called police on May 1 to report that sometime during the previous 24 hours, someone had entered his attached garage and stole a Fox camera valued at $150.

According to police, the offender gained entry to the garage through a window, pushing a storage locker away from the window in order to get inside. The camera was taken from atop a step ladder.

A resident of the 300 block of Herrick Road, Riverside, contacted police on May 1 to report that between 7 p.m. on April 23 and 1 p.m. on April 28 someone entered the garage through an open overhead door and removed two Trek bicycles valued at $700.

Vehicle burglarized

A 26-year-old Forest Park woman called police on April 30 to report that someone had burglarized her 2013 Dodge sedan, which was parked in the lot at Best Buy, 2358 Harlem Ave. between 6:15 and 7:05 p.m.

The door handle of the vehicle was damaged according to the police report. The offender removed a bag containing in a Samsung Galaxy tablet, a Canon camera and two camera lenses. The total loss was estimated at more than $2,000.

Car stolen at mall

North Riverside police responded to the west lot at Sears at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on April 27 after a 50-year-old Bellwood man reported that his mother’s silver 2004 Infiniti FX45 had been stolen.

The man said he parked the vehicle around 12:37 p.m. When he returned at 1:20 p.m., the car was gone. Surveillance camera footage showed the vehicle was gone within minutes of it being parked in the lot. The car was valued at $12,000.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, April 26 to May 3, 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