A 17-year-old boy who attempted to flee a North Riverside police traffic stop on a motorcycle at speeds of up to 90 mph sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being thrown from the motorcycle when it hit a center median while trying to go around downed Canadian National Railroad crossing gates on Desplaines Avenue on Oct. 9 at about 8:15 p.m.

The incident started minutes earlier when an officer on patrol heard squealing tires and saw a “cloud of smoke” coming from the intersection of Cermak Road and Desplaines Avenue. The officer reported seeing a 1988 Suzuki Intruder motorcycle speed eastbound on Cermak Road to Northgate Avenue where it went south and entered an alley.

The motorcycle went east through the alley, blowing two stop signs before heading north on Lathrop Avenue and then east again on Cermak Road.

The police officer caught up to the motorcycle at 26th Street and Harlem Avenue and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the motorcycle again sped away westbound on 26th Street, hitting 90 mph before turning north on Desplaines Avenue where the pursuit ended in the crash.

Paramedics took the driver to Loyola University Medical Center for injuries described as deep contusions and abrasions. The driver was wearing a helmet, police said. The motorcycle, according to police, was last registered in Colorado in 1999 and the driver did not possess a motorcycle license.

Police charged the driver with fleeing and eluding and about a dozen traffic violations.


North Riverside police are investigating a residential burglary that took place on Oct. 6, apparently around 1 p.m., at an apartment building in the 2300 block of 17th Avenue.

The victim told police that she arrived home at about 3:35 p.m. and observed damage to her apartment’s door and door frame. Upon entering the apartment, the victim noticed a 50-inch Samsung TV missing from the living room. In her bedroom, another TV had been moved and a dresser rummaged through.

A witness told police she saw a man in the building’s common area around 1 p.m., saying he was there to see the victim. He went back and forth from the apartment building at least twice the witness said.

The man was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, about 6-foot-3 with a thin build, a full beard and mustache and wearing a red T-shirt and baseball cap. He reportedly arrived in a newer model, small SUV or van with chrome trim around the windows.

The victim told police she didn’t know anyone matching that description nor how he would have known her name or that she was not at home at the time.

  • North Riverside police were called to North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Oct. 7 at about 10:35 p.m. after a patron at Round One called to report that his vehicle had been burglarized.

The victim told police he had lost his keys while inside Round One at about 10:20 p.m. and notified security. When he went to check on his vehicle in the parking lot, he found it was open and that his new iPhone 12 Pro Max, his car keys and an expired driver’s license were missing.


  • A resident of the 8600 block of Washington Avenue, Brookfield, called police last week to report that during the overnight hours of Oct. 3-4 someone had entered his possibly unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the driveway, and removed a Glock 42 handgun with an extended clip and loaded with nine rounds. 

The handgun, according to the police report, was located under the driver’s seat and not in its gun case. Police reported observing no signs of forced entry to the vehicle.

  • Riverside police responded to a Pine Avenue home on Oct. 6 after a resident called to report that power washing equipment was missing from his backyard.

The victim said two hoses, a sprayer and a circular sprayer attachment were missing. He had last seen them on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and noticed them missing them missing the following morning at 7 a.m.

  • A representative from St. Paul VI Parish in Riverside went to police last week to report that three signs placed on the front lawn of St. Mary Church, 126 Herrick Road, on the afternoon of Oct. 1 were taken later that same day.

The signs were in support of the Respect Life movement, according to the police report.

Drone alert

Riverside police received a call from Federal Aviation Administration traffic control on Oct. 7 at about 8:10 a.m. that a pilot reported seeing a drone flying in the area of Riverside-Brookfield High School near First Avenue.

A police officer responding to the scene reported not observing any drones in the area during the roughly 15 minutes he remained on scene.


A 20-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with drunken driving after she reportedly drove a 2022 Volvo off the roadway onto the front lawn of a residence in the 100 block of Woodside Road in Riverside on Oct. 8 at about 2:20 a.m.

No one was injured, but the driver and a passenger appeared to be intoxicated, police said. The driver reportedly failed field sobriety tests. A breath test reportedly showed her blood-alcohol content to be .09, which is more than the legal limit of .08.

In addition to DUI, she was also cit

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 3-9, 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