Backing up causes 1st Ave. backup

Backing up on 1st Avenue

An Indiana truck driver was cited for failure to reduce speed and improper backing up on a roadway after a semi-trailer hit the Burlington Northern overpass at 1st Avenue in Riverside on the afternoon of July 1. Gerald C. Bellair, 38, of Middlebury, Indiana, was driving a semi-trailer truck with another oversized truck headed north on 1st Avenue. When the first truck scraped the underneath metal platform of the viaduct, Bellair, apparently thinking he could not make it under the viaduct, stopped and began backing up all the way to Ogden Avenue, causing huge delays on the busy roadway.

There was only minor damage to the overpass and Burlington Northern structural engineers determined that rail traffic could continue without interruption. No one was injured. It took Riverside police about 30 minutes to clear the traffic jam up.

 DUI arrest

Sunday night, a Riverside police officer on a bicycle patrol arrested a Berwyn man for driving under the influence, transportation of open alcohol, and unlawful parking when he found the man sleeping it off inside a blue Honda in a municipal parking lot at 94 Bloomingbank Road in Riverside. The officer came across the parked car with its hazard lights flashing. When he looked inside the car, the driver was found slumped over the steering wheel and unconscious. The officer banged on the car windows to rouse the man but the man did not respond. He also tried to talk to the man but got no response. Finally the officer opened the door of the car and shook the man to wake him up.

Juan Marin, 36, reportedly had bloodshot eyes and failed all the field sobriety tests he was asked to perform. At one point during the testing he almost fell into the street and had to be helped by the officer. Inside the car was a Squirt soft drink bottle that contained Bacardi rum. Marin allegedly told the officer that he had filled the bottle with Bacardi and was drinking it while driving in an attempt to evade detection.

Smoking pot in Kiwanis Park

A 19-year-old Woodridge man was arrested for smoking marijuana in the forest preserve section of Kiwanis Park in Brookfield on the 4th of July. Shortly after noon, Brookfield police officers were on foot patrol in the park when several people told them a man was smoking pot in the park. Police found him sitting on log in the park. Upon seeing the officers, he allegedly got up and fled northbound. The officers ordered him to stop and he did.

He reportedly admitted smoking cannabis and provided the officers with a plastic bag containing about 1.2 grams of cannabis, a glass pipe, and a metal grinder. He was arrested and taken to the Brookfield police station where he was given a local ordinance citation for possession of both cannabis and drug paraphernalia. 

Hit while standing in Harlem Ave.

A Riverside man suffered an injury to his left forearm when he was grazed by someone driving a white Cadillac while standing in the middle of the 2800 block of Harlem Avenue, Sunday night. The injured man told police officers he was struck by the driver’s side mirror of a southbound white Cadillac. The injured man could not provide a physical description of the driver or the license plate number of the car that hit him. The driver of the Cadillac did not stop after hitting the man.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 1-6, 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 Skolnik