An alleged drunken driver reportedly mistook the Canadian National Railroad tracks in Riverside for 26th Street and took her 2004 Saturn for a brief sojourn west from Harlem Avenue before getting stuck about 200 feet away during the early morning hours of April 1.
A Riverside police officer was parked in the lot at 7-Eleven on the north side of the tracks waiting for a train to clear the crossing about 1:30 a.m. When the train cleared, he observed the northbound Saturn stop on the tracks as if to make a U-turn before turning left and heading west.
The officer immediately called to have train traffic stopped on the line and moved the driver, a 29-year-old Bolingbrook woman, away from the railroad right-of-way. The woman reportedly told the officer she had just left a bar in Berwyn and she thought she was turning onto 26th Street.
The driver appeared to be intoxicated, according to police, and could not complete field sobriety tests. She refused to submit to a breath test, according to police.
She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and cited for improper turning, trespassing on railroad property and having no proof of vehicle insurance.
- The owner of a home in the 4000 of Arthur Avenue, Brookfield, contacted police on March 29 to report that someone had broken into the residence sometime after March 19.
Entry appeared to have been gained through a rear basement door, and police stated there were no signs of forced entry. According to the homeowner, the only thing missing from the residence appeared to be a red Craftsman tool chest, containing miscellaneous tools, which was in the basement.
- North Riverside police responded to an apartment building in the 9100 block of Cermak Road after a property manager called to report a broken ground-floor window at the rear of the building.
Police reported that the window screen appeared to be slashed open and a work glove was found lying on the ground next to the window. A Dewalt power drill valued at about $125 and an old air-powered nail gun valued at about $50 were reported missing from the apartment.
Also, the property manager told police that several storage lockers located in a community laundry room had been forced open, but nothing of value was reported stolen.
Aggressive driver forced off road
An 18-year-old Berwyn man trying to overtake a vehicle on the right while southbound in the 3000 block of Harlem Avenue in Riverside was forced off the roadway when another motorist drifted into his lane on March 29 about 8:05 p.m.
The 2006 Buick Lucerne jumped the curb, struck a fire hydrant and stopped just short of striking an apartment building. Three people suffered minor injuries and were treated by paramedics at the scene.
The driver was cited for improper overtaking, driving off the roadway and damage to village property.
Truck targeted again
A semi-tractor truck and trailer that had been the target of two previous thefts was victimized again during the overnight hours of April 1-2 when someone stole four tires from the rig. The most recent previous theft also involved removing tires from the truck.
The truck has a regular parking space in a lot at 9100 Plainfield Road in Brookfield, where the incidents occurred. Police reported fresh shoe prints in the mud near where the truck was parked, and the prints led to the edge of a fence that leads to Sahler Avenue.
Burglary to vehicle
- A resident of the 400 block of Kent Road, Riverside, called police to report that someone had broken into her Toyota van during the overnight hours of March 29-30. The van had been left unlocked, according to police, and a brown Louis Vuitton purse, a first-aid kit, makeup bag and a backpack were taken from the vehicle.
- A man taking out the trash for a relative who was out of town called police on March 31 about 5:20 p.m. when he noticed that the relative’s vehicle had been broken into.
Police responded to the residence in the 500 block of Longcommon Road in Riverside and inspected the vehicle, which appeared to have been left unlocked. The center console of the vehicle was ransacked and contents were scattered on the front passenger seat. Nothing of value reportedly was taken. An eyeglasses case was found on a neighbor’s front lawn.
A 75-year-old Berwyn man called North Riverside police to report that someone picked his pocket while he was loading groceries into his car in the parking lot of Aldi, 2000 Harlem Ave. on March 30 at 3 p.m.
The victim told police that a subject approached him and asked if could use his shopping cart. A short time later, the same subject returned and asked for directions to the mall.
When the victim returned home he noticed his brown wallet was missing from his pants pocket and that a $32 charge had been made on a credit card at a gas station.
A 48-year-old Brookfield man contacted police on April 1 to report that someone had taken his son’s scooter from Ehlert Park in Brookfield between 4:45 and 5:05 p.m. The 12-year-old victim said he left his scooter leaning against a table in the picnic pavilion while he used the bathroom. When he returned, the black scooter with red hand grips, valued at $300, was gone.
North Riverside police charged a 34-year-old North Riverside man with drunken driving after he drove his 2010 Ford Taurus off the roadway and into a tree in the forest preserve area at 9th Avenue and Forestview Drive on March 29 at 10:05 p.m.
According to the police report, the driver said he had stopped at a bar after work but could not remember anything about the crash. Paramedics transported the driver to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries. His blood-alcohol content reportedly was .263, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08.
Anyone lose a bathtub?
An anonymous caller phoned Brookfield police on April 1 at about 6:20 a.m. to report an obstruction in the roadway in the 4000 block of Blanchan Avenue. A police officer arrived to find a bathtub at the end of the dead-end street. Public works was notified to have the bathtub removed.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 28 to April 3, 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.