Brookfield police charged a 26-year-old Tolleson, Arizona, man with driving under the influence of alcohol and several other traffic offenses after plowing his 2014 Chrysler 300 into a wooden utility pole at the intersection of Prairie and Windemere avenues on Nov. 20 at 11:30 p.m.

Neither the driver nor his 24-year-old male passenger was seriously injured in the crash, according to police, though the crash deployed the vehicle’s air bags and broke the pole near its base, causing it to lean dangerously.

A witness told police he heard tires screeching and then observed the vehicle lose control while turning left onto Windemere from southbound Prairie Avenue. The passenger reportedly told police they had been driving from “the bars down the street.”

After failing field sobriety tests, the driver was taken into custody. Police reported recovering a half empty bottle of cognac from the center console and that the driver’s blood alcohol content was .164, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

A 33-year-old Brookfield man was charged with drunken driving, speeding and damage to village property after he allegedly drove his 2014 Kia through a stop sign while southbound on Maple Avenue at Eight Corners and continued southbound at a high rate of speed until the vehicle left the roadway south of Burlington Avenue and across the parkway and front lawns of several properties in the 3900 block of Maple Avenue, finally coming to rest against the front steps of a home.

An officer on patrol reportedly saw the vehicle drive through the stop sign. The Kia was traveling so fast, police said, the officer did not attempt to pursue it. When the officer crossed the railroad tracks, he observed the vehicle pressed up against the steps of a home after having left the roadway.

Ruse burglary

North Riverside police responded to a residence on 9th Avenue on the afternoon of Nov. 15 after the homeowner, who is a senior citizen, called to say she had been the victim of a ruse burglary.

The victim told police that at about 3:30 p.m. two men knocked at her back door and told her they were working with construction crews in the area and needed to check her electrical outlets for power.

One of the men escorted her to the living room where he started moving furniture around, looking for outlets, while the other did not enter the living room. After about 20 minutes, the man reportedly presented $100 to her and requested $100 for the service. The man then stepped outside while the woman found her purse only to discover $250 was missing from a bank envelope.

By the time she realized the scam, both men were gone.

‘Sugar Mama’ actually a con artist

A 23-year-old Brookfield man went to police on Nov. 18 after reportedly getting scammed out of $200 by someone posing as a “Sugar Mama” on the social media website Instagram.

The victim told police he received an Instagram friend request from “Sugar Mama” informing him she would send him $3,000 if he sent her $20. “Sugar Mama” related there were fees associated with the transaction, so the total amount the victim needed to send her was $200.

According to police, the victim sent “Sugar Mama” $200 but has not received any money in return. The victim has messaged “Sugar Mama’ demanding his money back and accusing her of running a scam, to which “Sugar Mama” reportedly insisted it was not a scam.

Police advised the victim that he was certainly being scammed and not to send “Sugar Mama” any more money.

Burglary to vehicle

North Riverside police responded to the 7900 block of 26th Street on Nov. 17 at about 7:35 p.m. after a woman called to report that two windows of her vehicle, which was parked in an angled spot on Keystone Avenue, had been smashed out and items taken from the interior.

The victim stated she had left a Louis Vuitton purse in plain view on the back seat. The victim told police that before they arrived she found the purse, missing a wallet containing credit cards and cash, in the parking lot of a nearby business.

Police observed the rear windshield and driver’s side windows smashed, the front windshield cracked and a large brick on the back seat.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 15-21, 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