Chicago resident Marco A. Nieves, 46, faces felony drunken-driving charges after he reportedly fled from the scene of a crash at the corner of Harlem Avenue and Cermak Road around 4 a.m. on Nov. 29.

An officer on patrol reported seeing a vehicle with heavy front-end damage and no front tires headed southbound on Harlem Avenue near 26th Street. The vehicle, which was driving far slower than the posted speed limit was quickly stopped by police.

According to police, the driver, later identified as Nieves, appeared intoxicated and said he’d been involved in a crash a few blocks away.

At Harlem and Cermak, police found that Nieves’ vehicle had struck a pole. Police also reported learning that Nieves had been arrested for a DUI in August in Elmwood Park and that his driver’s license was suspended for that alleged offense.

Because of the prior DUI arrest, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved upgrading the charge in the Riverside case to a felony. Nieves was also charged by North Riverside police for leaving the scene of an accident and cited for other traffic offenses.

Burglaries in south Brookfield

Several burglaries from both vehicles and a garage were reported last week on the south end of Brookfield.

Police responded to the 4100 block of Deyo Avenue on the morning of Nov. 24 after a resident called to report that, during the overnight hours, someone had burglarized his garage.

The victim said he accidentally left the overhead door to the garage open overnight. The next morning a portable air-conditioning unit and a weed trimmer were missing.

Another resident of the 4100 block of Deyo Avenue reported on Nov. 24 that her car was broken into during the overnight hours. The unlocked vehicle was parked on a parking pad behind the residence.

Taken from the vehicle was a purse containing about $40 in cash, credit cards, IDs and an HP laptop computer.

Police were called to the 4200 block of Madison Avenue on the morning of Nov. 28 after a resident called to report that, during the overnight hours, someone entered his unlocked Chevy pickup and removed a duffel bag containing various tools and a Sears Craftsman wrench and socket set. The tools were valued at about $1,000 according to the police report.

Also on the morning of Nov. 28, police responded to the 4100 block of Raymond Avenue. The owner of a 2003 Honda reported that someone had removed the in-dash radio along with speakers and amplifiers from the rear cargo area.

The value of the stereo equipment was estimated at between $1,500 and $2,000. The vehicle reportedly had been parked on the street in front of the victim’s residence and that the burglary occurred during the overnight hours. 

One year for two crashes

Eduardo Reyes-Hurtado, 23, of Chicago, charged with two hit-and-run crashes in Riverside in June was sentenced to one year in state prison after pleading guilty to felony drunken driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Judge Paula M. Daleo handed down the sentence at a hearing on Nov. 12 at the Maybrook courthouse.

Because he was credited for time already served while awaiting trial, Reyes-Hurtado immediately was paroled. He is expected to be discharged from parole in November 2016.

Hurtado, on probation for a prior DUI conviction at the time of his arrest on June 10, was driving a vehicle that struck a car in the parking lot of the MacNeal Professional Building at Harlem and Ogden. He fled that scene and ended up crashing into three more vehicles at First and Forest avenues just minutes later.

He ran from the scene but was apprehended by police in the forest preserves near the Des Plaines River north of the crash site.

Felony driving while revoked

A 39-year-old Countryside man was charged with a felony count of driving on a revoked license just 20 minutes after a Brookfield police officer gave the man a pass during a prior traffic stop, when he told the officer he’d have another family member pick up the vehicle.

Police initially received a call of a possible reckless driver about 4:35 p.m. on Nov. 27. An officer located the vehicle in the 4000 block of DuBois Boulevard and the driver said his wife was inside the currency exchange paying bills.

Although the officer noted that the man’s driver’s license was revoked for a prior DUI conviction, he hadn’t seen the man drive the vehicle, nor was the driver impaired. When told by the driver he’d find someone else to drive the car, the officer cleared the scene.

About 4:55 p.m., the officer observed the man again driving the vehicle. He pulled the driver over and arrested him.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 23-29, 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.