Brookfield police charged a 35-year-old North Riverside man with drunken driving and cited him for driving on a sidewalk and damage to village property after he allegedly drove his 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck into the Veterans Memorial Circle on July 3 at 1:48 a.m., damaging the World War II memorial marker.

Police responding to the scene reported observing the driver inside the cab of the truck, which had sustained heavy front-end damage. Asked what had happened, the driver reportedly told police he “missed his turn.”

According to police, the truck was traveling southbound on Maple Avenue and drove straight into the circle. The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests but refused to submit to a breath test.

He was also cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. The impact of the crash reportedly pulled the monument from the ground.

Drag racing at 98 mph

North Riverside police charged two men with aggravated speeding and street racing after an officer on patrol reported observing a Dodge Challenger and a Buick Encore drag racing at 98 mph eastbound on Cermak Road from 17th Avenue on June 27 just before midnight.

The officer was able to pull over both cars in the 7500 block of Cermak Road and arrested the drivers, a 26-year-old Chicago man and a 23-year-old man whose address was not provided by police.

The arresting office also reported recovering a loaded .40-caliber pistol next to the driver’s seat of the Dodge Challenger, whose driver possessed a concealed-carry permit.

Pedestrian struck by car seriously injured

A 45-year-old North Riverside man sustained serious injuries after he was struck by a 2019 Nissan driven by a 47-year-old Lombard woman as he tried to cross Cermak Road west of 10th Avenue on June 29 at about 10 p.m., police have reported.

According to the driver and witnesses, the man ran northbound out into the eastbound lanes of Cermak Road, roughly opposite from the entrance/exit to Aldi, where he was struck by the Nissan, which was headed east.

The impact of the crash sent the man into the westbound lanes of traffic, where paramedics treated him before taking him to Loyola University Medical Center. The driver was not cited.

Scam averted

A Brookfield woman who had withdrawn $17,000 from the bank in response to a phone call from someone claiming to be her grandson in need of bail money was prevented from following through with the payoff after her husband rightly determined the call was a scam.

After talking with her husband, the intended victim contacted her grandson, who assured her he was in no trouble and was in Indiana. The phone call from the would-be scammer came from a number in Canada.

Catalytic converter stolen

A resident of the 4400 block of Prairie Avenue, Brookfield, called police on the morning of June 27 to report that the catalytic converter had been removed from his 2003 Honda CR-V, which had been parked on the street overnight.

Chair heist

Brookfield police responded to a residence in the 9400 block of Congress Park Avenue on July 3 at 1:20 p.m. after a resident called to report that someone had just stolen a stack of six lawn chairs from the parkway in front of his home.

The victim told police he’d left the chairs, described as having aluminum frames with faded beige fabric, there two hours earlier.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 27-July 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.