Charges in Brookfield road rage incident

Brookfield police charged a 30-year-old Willow Springs man with criminal damage to property and driving on a revoked license after a road rage incident that took place on 47th Street near Raymond Avenue on June 8 about 12:55 p.m.

The victim called police after the offender reportedly got out of his Lincoln Navigator with White Sox vanity license plates while stopped waiting for a train to clear the intersection at 47th and Eberly. The offender reportedly yelled obscenities at the victim and threatened to beat him up while punching the driver’s side window and kicking the driver’s side door of the victim’s 2010 Honda.

When the victim said he was calling police, the offender got into his SUV and sped off, reportedly jumping the curb, driving over the parkway and heading the wrong way down Blanchan Avenue.

Police were able to identify the offender through the license plate number and interviewed him later that day. The incident started at the light at First Avenue and 47th Street when the victim apparently didn’t move fast enough when the light turned green.



A resident of an apartment building in the 100 block of Forest Avenue, Riverside, reported to police on June 14 that sometime in the past week, someone broke into her storage locker inside the building and removed several items, including a forest green Huffy women’s mountain bike, two wooden bar stools, several hangers, laundry detergent and a broken fan.

Other items were left behind. No other storage lockers appeared to have been tampered with. Access to the storage area can only be gained with a key, according to police.

A resident of the 400 block of Longcommon Road, Riverside, called police on June 11 to report that during the overnight hours, someone gained entry to her unlocked 2014 Dodge SUV, which was parked in the driveway, and removed a pair of sunglasses.


Car goes up in flames

In what can only be described as buying the ultimate lemon, a 26-year-old Oak Lawn man was driving a 2001 Ford Focus back from an automobile auction on the afternoon of June 12 when it “went up in flames” near the intersection of Ogden and Eberly avenues about 5:50 p.m.

The man told police he had just purchased the vehicle at an auction in Matteson and was driving it back to his employer in Bellwood. As he turned onto Ogden Avenue from Eberly Avenue, he noticed smoke coming from the engine.

He pulled over, partially up onto the sidewalk, and jumped out of the vehicle, which burst into flames. Brookfield firefighters extinguished the blaze. No foul play was suspected, police said.



A 33-year-old Woodstock man arrested for drunken driving during the early morning hours of June 14 reportedly told a Riverside police officer he was “on the phone” when he crossed into oncoming traffic, nearly striking a Riverside squad car head on.

The officer reported he was on patrol on northbound Harlem Avenue near 34th Street about 2:50 a.m. when he saw a southbound vehicle drift into the northbound lanes, “which forced me to make an evasive swerve in order to avoid being struck head-on.”

The police officer pulled the man over in the 3600 block of Harlem Avenue. The man reportedly appeared intoxicated and refused to submit to sobriety tests.

North Riverside police charged a 36-year-old Chicago woman with driving under the influence after she reportedly drove her 2005 Ford Escape over the center line while westbound on 26th Street from Harlem Avenue and then drove up onto the center median while southbound on Desplaines Avenue, nearly colliding with two trees about 3:10 a.m. on June 7.

The woman, who was not wearing shoes, according to police, reportedly failed field sobriety tests. Her blood-alcohol level was reportedly .143, which is nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

In addition to DUI, she was cited for several traffic offenses.

A 69-year-old Fontana, Wisconsin, man faces drunken-driving charges after he allegedly drove his 2014 Hyundai into another vehicle while making a right turn on June 9 about 6 p.m.

According to the crash report, the man was westbound on 26th Street when he attempted a right turn onto northbound Desplaines Avenue. But he reportedly made a wide turn and clipped a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer that was waiting for the light to change in the left-turn lane on southbound Desplaines Avenue.

Police said the man’s blood-alcohol level was .191, which is more than twice the legal limit.


These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 7-14, 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