Burbank resident Julian Martinez, 21, faces felony fleeing and eluding charges after allegedly leading police on chase at speeds reaching 107 mph after speeding away from a Riverside police officer who was trying to conduct a traffic stop on Jan. 6 at 2:05 a.m.
According to the police report, the officer detected a strong odor cannabis while following the vehicle from Forest Avenue onto southbound First Avenue. When the driver, later identified as Martinez, began driving erratically, according to police, the officer attempted to stop the 2015 Chevy.
The vehicle stopped on First Avenue between Ogden and Plainfield, but sped away as the officer walked up to it to talk to the driver. The car reached 107 mph while southbound on First Avenue, said police, who lost sight of the vehicle but broadcast its description.
The Chevy was later found by Burr Ridge in a ditch near Route 83 and Bluff Road and police located a driver’s license for one of the passengers inside. Police later located Martinez and two others, unhurt, at about 4:20 a.m. in Burr Ridge.
Man allegedly displayed knife on bus
North Riverside police charged a 53-year-old Berwyn man with unlawful use of a weapon and disorderly conduct after he allegedly threatened a 22-year-old Berwyn man with a knife while on a Pace bus in the 2300 block of Harlem Avenue on Jan. 4 at about 4:10 p.m.
The victim said the offender got on the bus and was staring at him in a “menacing” manner. When the victim asked him, “What’s up?” the offender allegedly pulled out a folding knife and swung the blade through the air, stating, “Tell me what’s up one more time.”
The bus driver called police, who detained the offender and located a folding knife in his backpack, along with a small amount of cannabis.
The victim declined to pursue aggravated assault charges against the offender, but police charged him with the weapons offense and for possession of cannabis.
Drinking, driving, texting
North Riverside police charged a 22-year-old Eaglepass, Illinois, man with driving under the influence and cited him for traffic offenses after he allegedly drove his 2012 Ford Taurus into a parked vehicle in the 2300 block of 11th Avenue on Jan. 4 at 9:15 p.m.
The driver told police he was texting at the time of the crash and that he’s had a couple of drinks previously. According to police, the man’s blood-alcohol level was .164, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Brookfield police responded to the 3600 block of Vernon Avenue on Jan. 6 at about 10:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a vehicle burglary.
Police reported that the front passenger side window and enclosed truck bed window on the passenger side of a 2006 Dodge pickup truck, which was parked on the street, had been smashed out.
Taken from the cab of the truck were two 8-inch oval car speaks, a 10-inch Pioneer subwoofer and a 1,000-watt Pioneer amplifier. Taken from the truck bed were a 6-foot step ladder, a 22-foot aluminum extension ladder, a tool box containing miscellaneous tools and an 18-volt Ryobi drill.
The total loss was estimated at about $1,200. The vehicle was last seen undamaged at about 6:30 p.m.
A resident of the 3700 block of Cleveland Avenue, Brookfield, called police on Jan. 6 to report that someone had entered her 2009 Lexus during the overnight hours and removed about $10 from the center console. A pair of black-and-white striped Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses was also reported missing.
Riverside police responded to the 100 block of East Quincy Street on Jan. 7 at about 7:20 p.m. after a resident reported that someone broke into her unlocked 2015 Honda and removed a Garmin GPS unit sometime after noon on Jan. 6.
A resident of the 100 block of Longcommon Road called police on Jan. 7 to report that someone broke into a 2008 Nissan parked in the driveway during the overnight hours.
The vehicle was unlocked, according to the police report, and about $10 in loose change was missing.
A resident of the 100 block of Lawton Road, Riverside, contacted police to report that overnight on Jan. 9-10 someone burglarized two vehicles parked in the driveway of the home.
About $10 in spare change was reported missing. The vehicles likely were unlocked.
North Riverside home burglarized
A resident of the 8900 block of 24th Street, North Riverside, contacted police on Jan. 7 at 10:15 a.m. to report that her residence had been burglarized sometime after 8:25 a.m.
Police observed evidence of forced entry to the rear basement door, including two right shoe prints on the door itself. Several items were taken from a salon area in the basement, including a hair dryer, clippers, scissors, curling irons, brushes, combs and among other things.
From rooms upstairs in the home, the burglar(s) took several pieces of jewelry, cash and a laptop computer. The total loss was estimated at more than $5,000.
Senior citizen scammed of $9,000
A 79-year-old Brookfield is apparently out $9,018 after falling victim to a scam. The woman apparently agreed to purchase eight iPhones and three $900 money orders and mailed them to someone in Nevada.
Meanwhile, the victim was mailed four cashier’s checks totaling $19,050, which she was told to deposit in her bank account. The victim deposited two of the checks, but the bank notified her that the checks were no good.
A resident of the 4100 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, called police on the evening of Jan. 4 to report that she noticed a spare tire lying next to the driver’s side door of her 2012 Chevy, which was parked on the street.
Slight damage could be seen on the door of the vehicle, possibly caused by the tire, which was disposed of.
A resident of the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, Brookfield, reported on Jan. 5 at 11:07 a.m. that a car tire was lying up against the front passenger side tire of his 2002 Chevy, which was parked on the street.
The vehicle did not appear to be damaged. A police officer removed the tire from the scene and disposed of it at public works.
Police received a call on Jan. 5 at about 1:10 p.m. from a resident of the 4000 block of Grove Avenue, Brookfield, who stated that during the past week someone left seven tires near her garbage cans in the alley.
Public works was contacted and asked to remove the tires.
Injured after fall
Brookfield paramedics transported a 77-year-old Brookfield man to LaGrange Hospital for treatment after he fell off a ladder while putting away Christmas decorations in his garage on Jan. 9 at about 3:15 p.m.
The victim reported stepped onto a box to grab something from a high shelf when the box collapsed and he fell backwards, striking his head on the concrete floor.
Too drunk to walk
Brookfield paramedics transported a 60-year-old Brookfield man to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for treatment after a police officer on patrol observed him sitting in the middle of Rosemear Avenue at Brookfield Avenue on Jan. 5 at 1:15 a.m.
When the officer asked the man what he was doing, he reportedly replied that he sat down in the middle of the street because he could not walk any farther and could not get up.
Let me out
A 72-year-old Brookfield woman called Brookfield police on Jan. 5 at about 11:35 a.m. requesting assistance with a locked door inside the house. The woman told police that somehow the door to the bedroom where her 1-year-old granddaughter was locked, and she couldn’t open it.
A police officer used a coat hanger to unlock the bedroom door without incident.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 4, 2015 to Jan. 10, 2016, 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