All three eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes of the 7400 and 7500 blocks of Cermak Road were shut down for three hours on the afternoon of Feb. 3 after a semi-tractor trailer knocked down a power pole while trying to turn into the parking lot of the former Toys R Us at 7451 Cermak Road in North Riverside.

The truck driver, a 33-year-old Berwyn man, told police he was eastbound on Cermak Road at 2:20 p.m. when he turned right into the driveway between Toys R Us and Kohl’s. When the driver then attempted a tight right turn into the Toys R Us lot, the truck went over the curb and struck a wood ComEd pole, knocking it over and pulling down the high-power lines across the the north.

A witness called 911 when she saw the power lines sparking. No one was injured and police did not ticket the driver since the accident occurred on private property, according to Police Chief Deborah Garcia.

The accident caused power outages east of North Riverside Park Mall, including at the North Riverside Plaza shopping center and across Cermak Road at Binny’s Beverage Depot, where shoppers were stocking up for parties three hours before the Super Bowl.

Road rage

A North Riverside woman called police at about 9:05 a.m. on Jan. 29 to report a road rage incident that started at 26th Street and Harlem Avenue and ended near Pine and West avenues when she lost the Chevy that had been following her.

The woman said it started when she honked her horn at someone failing to turn on a green arrow. While westbound on 26th Street the driver of the Chevy reportedly threw a plastic bottle at her car and then threw another one while southbound on Desplaines Avenue.

Near Pine and West, two men got out of the Chevy and the woman drove away. At that time, the woman’s son reportedly saw one of the men open the trunk of the Chevy and pull out a handgun. The woman was able to drive away without incident.

Passenger calls in DUI

Riverside police charged a 31-year-old Justice man with drunken driving after a 39-year-old man who was a passenger in the car dialed 911 because “he was scared for his life.”

The passenger called police at about 3:10 a.m. on Feb. 3, saying the driver was intoxicated, driving recklessly while southbound on Harlem Avenue and refused to stop when he asked him to. The passenger told police the driver ran several red lights and was speeding down Harlem Avenue before reaching Riverside.

Police located the 2008 Mazda in the 3700 block of Harlem Avenue and pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of XSport Fitness in the 3900 block.

In addition to driving under the influence of alcohol, the man was cited for numerous traffic violations.

Transmission heist

An owner of JV Automotive, 9100 Plainfield Road, Brookfield, called police on Feb. 2 at about 9:30 a.m. to report the theft of a 2018 Toyota Prius transmission core valued at about $1,000.

According to the police report, the transmission core was left outside of the shop next to the overhead garage door under a plastic cover, on a dolly. Police saw tire tracks from a vehicle that appears to have backed up to where the core had been stored. The plastic cover and dolly were left at the site.

Burst pipe

In addition to regular police calls, at least one Brookfield officer lent some emergency help to a76-year-old homeowner who called to report that a pipe in her house had burst in the below-zero cold at about 11:20 p.m. on Jan. 31.

The officer responding to a home in the 3100 block of Oak Avenue saw that a water line to the kitchen sink was broken. He shut the valve under the sink, but the hot water line kept flowing, so he called the fire department to come and shut off the home’s main valve.

The officer then helped the resident find a 24-hour plumber who could come and repair the broken pipe.

Handcuff problems

A 61-year-old Brookfield man drove his 18-year-old grandson to the Brookfield Police Department on Feb. 1 at about 10:55 p.m. after the grandson locked a handcuff to his left forearm and couldn’t get it off because he didn’t have the key.

The grandfather told police he was sleeping at the time. His grandson woke him up to inform him that he’d locked the handcuff onto his arms and couldn’t find the key. They ended up going to police since the handcuff was beginning to cause the teenager some discomfort. Police were able to remove the cuff without further incident.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Jan. 28-Feb. 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.

— Compiled by Bob Uphues