A 25-year-old Chicago man remains hospitalized with what police termed “severe injuries” after he reportedly lost control of his northbound silver Nissan, careened across the southbound lanes of traffic and drove into a tree in the forest preserve area on the west side of First Avenue near Waubansee Road about 4:10 a.m. on Feb. 7.

Roman W. Matlak reportedly was thrown through the rear windshield of the vehicle and was found lying on the ground in the woods by emergency personnel. He reportedly suffered multiple fractures but reportedly was able to tell police that he had been at a bar on Chicago’s Southwest Side earlier that night and was drunk at the time of the crash.

Police charged Matlak with driving under the influence of alcohol and several traffic violations.

Meanwhile, about 10 minutes after Matlak’s crash, as police set up a roadblock on First Avenue, a southbound Chevy conversion van, driven by a 37-year-old Bedford Park man, slammed into a North Riverside squad car, injuring the officer inside and the driver of the van.

The police officer was treated for his injuries at Loyola University Medical Center and was released. The driver of the van, Gregorio Torres, reportedly told police he’d been out all night drinking after work and had consumed 12 or 13 beers at a bar.

Riverside police also reported that Torres had been arrested by Riverside police and charged with DUI on Nov. 3, 2004 at the same exact intersection and roughly the same time of the morning.

Torres was charged with DUI and several traffic offenses related to the Feb. 7 crash. North Riverside police charged him with damage to village property.

Riverside police charged an 18-year-old Lyons man with driving under the influence of drugs and charged a 19-year-old Brookfield man with illegal drug possession after what police termed a “very chaotic” traffic stop on Ogden Avenue on Feb. 5 at about 1:25 a.m.

An officer initially stopped the vehicle for speeding 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. The car immediately stopped, police said, and then began backing up with another vehicle right behind him.

The Riverside officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it them continued westbound on Ogden Avenue, with the driver speeding up to 49 mph and turning off the headlights to attempt to escape. The car was eventually curbed at Lawndale Avenue.

Police said the 18-year-old driver appeared to be heavily intoxicated by cannabis. Another 18-year-old Brookfield man in the backseat of the car reportedly was so heavily under the influence of drugs that he was immediately transported to MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn for evaluation. He reportedly became combative at the hospital and was charged with battery to hospital personnel by Berwyn police.

A second backseat passenger was released without being charged. Meanwhile, the driver and the front seat passenger, who was also reportedly under the influence of drugs, were also transported to MacNeal for treatment and released back to police later that morning.

14-year-old arrested for car theft

Riverside police charged a 14-year-old Chicago boy with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and cited him for several traffic violations after an officer on patrol ran the vehicle’s plates, on Jan. 31 at 11:20 a.m., after noticing the registration was expired 

The driver of the vehicle told police he had borrowed the car from his grandmother, but police talked to the owner of the vehicle, who told them she had parked the car on the 5200 block of South Springfield Avenue in Chicago. When she went outside early on Jan. 31 to warm up the car, it was gone and she reported it stolen.

Three other juveniles inside the vehicle, from Brookfield, Cicero and Chicago, were released without being charged.

Police said the juveniles were on their way to pick up a fifth individual and had planned on driving around the west suburbs “looking to commit crimes.” 

Brookfield business break-in

Someone reportedly threw a brick through the glass front door of Leo’s Liquors, 9154 Broadway Ave., Brookfield, early on Feb. 3, and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the business, according to Brookfield police.

A witness phoned police about 1:40 a.m. and officers found the door glass broken out. Police said an Illinois Lottery register was opened and cash taken. Cash was also taken from a bin behind the front counter.

Police reported finding a piece of a brick lying on the floor about 20 feet inside the business. 

CVS employee foils scam

A cashier at CVS, 9139 Broadway Avenue in Brookfield, called police to report a possible scam on Feb. 3 at about 11:40 a.m. after two elderly subjects attempted to purchase phone cards.

The couple, ages 91 and 84, told police they received a call from someone claiming to be their 28-year-old grandson. The caller said he had been arrested in Chicago and needed $500 in gift cards to bond out of jail. Then a man claiming to be an attorney got on the phone and reiterated what the initial caller stated, adding he’d call back in an hour so that he could get the redemption numbers on the back of the cards.

Police confirmed to the couple that the phone call was a scam and the couple did not buy any gift cards. They were advised to call police if the calls continued. Police also confirmed that the couple’s grandson had not been arrested and was not in need of bail money.  

Car stolen while warming up

Brookfield police responded to the 4500 block of Forest Avenue after a resident of the block called on Feb. 8 to report that her 2013 Chrysler 200 four-door sedan had been stolen while it was warming up.

The woman said the vehicle was parked in her driveway at about 8:30 a.m. She started the car and left it to warm up with the keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked while she went inside her residence.

When she returned 10 minutes later, the car was gone.

Packages stolen from porch

A resident of the 100 block of Gage Road, Riverside, contacted police on Feb. 1 to report that two packages had been stolen from the front porch of her home during the past month.

The victim said the postal service confirmed delivery of a package containing a winter hat valued at $40 on Jan. 14, but she never received it. The woman also stated that UPS confirmed delivering a package containing dog treats and dog food valued at $130 on Jan. 25. That package was also missing when she returned home from work that day.

Vehicle break-ins

A resident of the 4200 block of Blanchan Avenue, Brookfield, called police on the morning of Feb. 3 to report that someone broke into her unlocked 2008 Chevy overnight and stole a bag containing workout clothing and a pair of running shoes.

Police reported recovering the bag on the parkway near the southeast corner of Blanchan and Rochester avenues. Nothing was missing from the bag. 

Jumped outside restaurant

Brookfield police responded to the 9200 block of Ogden Avenue on Feb. 7 at about 1:55 a.m. after a resident reported hearing a female scream nearby. Police arrived to find two men and a woman in the alley behind Skadarlyia Restaurant.

The woman told police that one of her companions was jumped in the alley by about five people following a verbal altercation inside the restaurant. The victim reportedly was highly intoxicated and was uncooperative, according to police.

Tire dumping continues

Brookfield police are notifying other agencies of someone repeatedly dumping old vehicle tires on the south end of the village, and is asking them to report whether they’ve experienced anything similar recently.

Since the beginning of December 2015, Brookfield police have been called to the south end about a dozen times after tires have been left scattered in residential alleys there.

Last week, police reported tires being dumped in alleys four times between Feb. 5 and 8.

Several tires were found dumped in the alley behind the 4000 block of Forest Avenue on Feb. 6 about 5:45 p.m. They had not been there earlier that day. Then on Feb. 6, police were called to the alley behind the 4100 block of Grove Avenue where several tires had been dumped.

Around 7:40 a.m. on Feb. 8, a police officer on patrol reported five tires dumped along a fence in the east/west alley between the 3800 blocks on Prairie and Vernon avenues.

Earlier that morning, five tires were found stacked in front of a garage in the alley behind the 4200 block of Forest Avenue. 

According to Brookfield police, Lyons has reported about 20 similar incidents since June 2015 on Monday mornings. Summit police also reported illegal tire dumping incidents during the summer of 2015.

Asleep in the parking lot

A Brookfield police officer reported a subject sleeping in the parking lot outside Phil’s Sport Bar and Grill, 8901 Burlington Ave., at 2:45 a.m. on Feb. 7. The bar was closed and no one else was inside or outside the building.

Police were able to wake up the man, a 53-year-old LaGrange resident, and paramedics transported him to LaGrange Memorial Hospital for treatment. The man’s bicycle was taken to the police station for safe keeping.  

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 31 to Feb. 8, 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