A Chicago man whose driver’s license has been revoked since 1997 after three prior drunken-driving convictions faces felony DUI charges after being involved in a hit-and-run in Riverside during the early morning hours of Oct. 24, police said.

Ricky L. Tyler, 40, was charged with aggravated DUI, aggravated driving while revoked, hit and run and several traffic offenses after he allegedly drove his vehicle into a landscape bed retaining wall in the parking lot of Amstar, 3346 Harlem Ave., at 2:25 a.m. and fled the scene.

Police reported the vehicle, which had heavy front-end damage, with tree branches, twigs and wall particles stuck in the bumper, swerving across the center line while northbound in the 3200 block of Harlem Avenue.

According to police, Tyler could barely stand after exiting his vehicle when pulled over by an officer.

“Mr. Tyler should never have been driving and is classified as a habitual DUI and revoked offender,” said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a press release.

According to Weitzel, the Riverside Police Department will file seizure paperwork ensuring Tyler cannot get his car back once he’s released from custody.

“In several of his prior arrests, he just bonded out, picked up his car at a later date and continued to drive,” Weitzel said.

Tyler, according to Weitzel, has 10 separate convictions for driving while revoked, in addition to prior arrests for invasion of privacy, assault and obstructing police.


Riverside police responded to a residence in the 200 block of Shenstone Road on Oct. 21 after a woman called to report that her mother’s house may have burglarized.

Police found that the basement door had been forced open. On all floors of the house several drawers and jewelry boxes appeared to have been rifled through, but it was unclear whether anything had been stolen. 

Many pieces of jewelry were still in the boxes, and a purse and laptop computer sat undisturbed.

A resident of the 3100 block of Harlem Avenue, Riverside, called police on the morning of Oct. 22 to report that during the overnight hours someone had forced open the service door of the apartment building’s garage.

Police reported seeing shoe impressions on the door and found a power washer and leaf blower stashed next to a vehicle behind the garage as if someone was going to pick them up later.

The items, however, apparently had been removed from another garage on the block. The owner of the power washer and leaf blower reported to police that someone had smashed out the window of his vehicle, which was parked in the rear of the building and removed the garage door opener, allowing the offender access to his locked garage.

No other items appeared to be missing.

Vehicle break-ins

North Riverside police charged a 66-year-old Lyons man with criminal trespass to a vehicle after he was seen opening the doors of two cars parked in the lot at H.H. Gregg, 7250 Cermak Road on Oct. 14 at about 1:50 p.m.

The man reportedly was in the process of checking the door handles of other cars in the lot when police arrived on the scene and arrested him.

A resident of the 2400 block of 3rd Avenue, North Riverside, waved down a police officer on Oct. 14 to report that during the overnight hours someone rummaged through her unlocked vehicle, which was parked on the street. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.

That same morning on the 2500 block of 3rd Avenue, another resident reported that a Samsung Note 3 cellphone had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle.

Police responded to the 2400 block of 5th Avenue, North Riverside, on the morning of Oct. 14 after a woman reported that someone had rifled through her unlocked vehicle, which was parked in her driveway overnight. 

Police also reported that two other unlocked vehicles, which were parked on another driveway on the block had been broken into. Nothing appeared to be missing from any of the vehicles.

Catalytic converters boosted

North Riverside police responded to the 2300 block of 17th Avenue at about 4:10 a.m. on Oct. 10 after a resident complained of sawing noises coming from the alley. The resident also said she saw a man load two items into an SUV before driving away.

Police could not located the SUV, but they did locate in the alley a Honda sedan with its catalytic converter missing.

A resident of the 3700 block of Cleveland Avenue, Brookfield, called police on the morning of Oct. 18 to report that sometime after Oct. 6 someone cut the catalytic converter from a 2001 Honda that was parked in the driveway.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 10-23, 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