Brookfield police charged a 24-year-old Lyons man with driving under the influence of drugs after he allegedly drove his red 2021 Honda Accord into another vehicle and then into the windows of the Citibank building at 9009 Ogden Ave. on Jan. 2 at about 3:05 p.m.

No one was injured in the crash, but police said the car drove into the windows, which stretch from the ground to the roof, near the northeast entrance of the bank, damaging a section about six feet wide and 30 feet high.

Three witnesses, two of whom were traveling westbound behind the Honda Accord, reportedly told police the Honda was traveling at a high rate of speed when it veered into eastbound traffic and struck a 2011 Chevy Equinox.

The man driving this Honda was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after the westbound vehicle drifted across the eastbound lanes of traffic on Ogden Avenue on Jan. 2, struck another car and then crashed into Citibank, 9009 Ogden Ave., damaging the building. | Photo courtesy of the Brookfield Police Department

The driver of the Chevy reportedly told police he saw the Honda speeding in his direction and tried to change lanes, honking his horn to get the other driver’s attention. The impact of the collision caused the Chevy to lose a tire and the Honda to strike the bank building.

Both the driver of the Honda and his 23-year-old passenger, also a Lyons resident, appeared to be under the influence of some kind of intoxicant, police reported. 

Officers at the scene reported observing a strong odor of cannabis coming from the clothing of both the driver and passenger. Police also reported recovering cannabis from inside the vehicle and from the driver’s person.

In addition, police recovered from a container in the driver’s hoodie pocket about a dozen pink hexagon-shaped pills with a skull on one side and the letters “PP” on the other, a yellow diamond-shaped pill with a Superman “S” on it, a pink pill shaped like a cat and several white pills with the letter “V” on one side.

In addition to DUI-drugs, police charged the driver with several traffic violations and cited both the driver and passenger with a local ordinance violation for possession of cannabis.

Trash can set afire

Six juveniles between the ages of 12 and 15 got off with a warning after someone lit a fire inside a trash can behind a home in the 3200 block of Prairie Avenue on the afternoon of Dec. 28.

Police responded to the scene for a report of a fire and observed the victim extinguishing the fire by dumping snow on it. The man said he observed the fire when he went to take out the trash and saw six juveniles running from the area.

About 10 minutes later, police were able to talk to the juveniles, who reportedly admitted setting the fire, apparently inspired by a social media challenge. The officer explained the severity of arson to the juveniles. The victim did not wish to pursue charges.

Vehicle stolen in Brookfield recovered

A vehicle reported stolen during the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2022 from outside a building in the 3400 block of Maple Avenue, Brookfield, was reported recovered by Chicago police the following morning.

The victim told police that she had parked the vehicle in front of the building at about 3 a.m. and showed officers she still had the two key fobs for the vehicle in her possession.

A computer check indicated that the vehicle’s plates had been run by Chicago police multiple times at about 7:35 a.m. prior to it being reported stolen. Early on Jan. 2, Chicago police called Brookfield to notify them the stolen vehicle had been impounded and was being held at an auto pound on the city’s West Side.

DUI crash

Brookfield police charged a 45-year-old Brookfield man with drunken driving after his silver Acura allegedly sideswiped a Nissan Murano that was parked on Windemere Avenue just east of Sunnyside Avenue on Jan. 1 at about 12:26 a.m.

The Acura sustained heavy damage to the front passenger side, with the front right wheel bent inward at a 45-degree angle. The rear driver’s side of the Nissan also sustained damage, but a Berwyn couple sitting inside the vehicle at the time, were not hurt.

The alleged offender appeared intoxicated, said police, and admitted to “partying” at a LaGrange restaurant prior to getting behind the wheel. He refused field sobriety and breath tests.

A 21-year-old Chicago woman arrested in Brookfield on suspicion of driving under the influence, reportedly told police she thought she was in Gary, Indiana, when an officer pulled up to her damaged 2020 Kia Optima, which was stopped in the 3500 block of Grand Boulevard on Jan. 1 at about 6:50 a.m.

The Kia had fresh damage to its front and rear of the passenger side and the rear bumper was resting on the ground, police said. The driver could not say where the damage might have been sustained and no other damaged vehicles were located in Brookfield, police said.

The driver and her 30-year-old male passenger were visibly intoxicated, said police, who also recovered an open, nearly empty bottle of tequila on the front passenger side floorboard.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 27, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022 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.