Riverside police charged a 35-year-old Willowbrook man with driving under the influence of drugs after he drove his Hyundai Santa Fe off the roadway, over some shrubs and onto the driveway of a home in the 600 block of Selborne Road, crashing into the closed overhead garage door at about 2:50 a.m. on Nov. 11.
When officers arrived, the car was still running and occupied by the driver and two others — his 36-year-old brother and 67-year-old mother. The driver did not respond to commands, police said, and later told them he didn’t know where he was. The man’s brother was slouched over and unresponsive in the back seat.
The mother reportedly told police her son was sick and that they’d been trying to find a doctor since 8:30 p.m. the previous day. Both men were taken to the hospital for treatment and observation. Police later charged the driver with DUI after administering field sobriety tests.
Stolen truck recovered
A 22-year-old Lyons man whose box truck was reportedly stolen from a lot at 9100 Plainfield Ave., Brookfield, sometime after 11 a.m. on Nov. 12 called police during the early morning hours of Nov. 13 to report the truck had been recovered.
The victim told police he wasn’t aware of the theft until he received a call from Summit police at 12:48 a.m. on Nov. 13 that they’d found his truck at a crime scene in the 7800 block of 60th Place, which was also a truck parking lot.
The victim told police he learned that someone had hot-wired his truck and drove it off the Brookfield lot. He said he was in the process of recovering security video from the Brookfield location to see if the theft was caught on camera.
North Riverside police responded to the 2200 block of 18th Avenue on Nov. 8 after a resident called to report that her unlocked vehicle had been burglarized the prior evening.
According to police, surveillance cameras captured video of the burglary, which occurred on Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m. The video showed a person wearing a green jacket checking the door handles and entering the vehicle before leaving with a bag containing $150 in loose quarters.
The person was last seen walking northbound on 18th Avenue from 23rd Street. Also reported missing from the vehicle was a pair of Gucci sunglasses valued at $400.
- A 42-year-old Chicago man faces drunken driving charges after he reportedly crashed his 2015 Honda Civic into a parked car at the intersection of Blanchan and Shields avenues in Brookfield on Nov. 7 just after 6 a.m.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the Honda facing northbound with front passenger side damage and the driver slumped over the steering wheel. The driver was not immediately responsive and later was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was not seriously injured. Police reported finding an open 1.5-liter bottle of vodka on the front passenger seat.
In addition to DUI, the driver was cited for illegal transportation of open alcohol and other traffic offenses.
- Brookfield police charged a 25-year-old Brookfield man with drunken driving after he allegedly crashed his 2015 Ford Escape into three vehicles parked in the 3200 block of Oak Avenue at about 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 8.
According to police, they found the Ford facing north in the middle of the roadway of Oak Avenue, which is a one-way street going south. The driver reportedly admitted to drinking prior to getting behind the wheel. His blood-alcohol content was reported to be .18, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
In addition to DUI, the driver was cited for driving the wrong way down a one-way street and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.
Man hospitalized after beating
A 32-year-old Lemont man, hospitalized after he was beaten bloody in a Riverside alley on the evening of Nov. 12 apparently because he owed someone money, refused to press charges against his assailant, according to police.
Officers responded to the alley between Lincoln and Groveland avenues at about 7:10 p.m. in response to a call of two men fighting. Upon arrival they encountered one man walking toward Park Place and another stumbling toward a Groveland Avenue residence.
A trail of blood led police to a two-flat where police reported finding the victim “covered in blood.” Two other people, a man and a woman, were in the residence and said they did not know what happened to the victim, only that the two men had been arguing.
North Riverside police charged a 24-year-old LaPorte, Indiana, woman with aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol reported clocking her Kia sedan traveling at 86 mph in a 35-mph zone while westbound in the 7700 block of Cermak Road on Nov. 11 just after midnight.
After taking the woman into custody, police turned the car over to her husband, who was one of two passengers inside the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.
A resident of the 2200 block of Hainsworth Avenue, North Riverside, called police last week to report that someone had stolen an Amazon package from the front porch of his residence.
The package, containing $289 in merchandise, was delivered on the morning of Nov. 2 when the victim was at work. The delivery person notified the victim of the delivery, attaching a photo of the package on the porch as verification. When the victim arrived home that evening, the package was gone.
Person attacked during chance meeting
North Riverside police charged a teenage girl with battery and disorderly conduct and an 18-year-old Chicago woman with three counts of misdemeanor battery, one count of disorderly conduct, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after they allegedly attacked a female employee at the Banter by Piercing Pagoda kiosk on the upper level of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Nov. 13 at about 4:10 p.m.
Two other employees reportedly told police that the adult offender and the juvenile offender attacked the victim from behind while she was on her lunch break. The adult offender reportedly snatched the wig from the victim’s head and punched her in the face.
The victim told police she hadn’t seen the juvenile offender in two years and had no idea why she attacked her. The juvenile offender reportedly told police she’d been planning to fight the victim for years but didn’t know where she worked. Seeing her on Nov. 13 was a coincidence, she reportedly said. The adult offender helped her during the fight, the juvenile reportedly told police.
Secure those dogs
No one was hurt on Nov. 8 at about 5:45 p.m. when a 74-year-old Berwyn woman lost control of her vehicle, which was northbound in the 2800 block of Harlem Avenue, crossed into oncoming traffic and jumped the curb onto the parkway in Riverside.
According to the police report, the driver said she lost control of the vehicle while trying to move one of her dogs, which had jumped onto her lap and then under her legs. Police cited the driver for damage to village property and having no proof of vehicle insurance.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 7-13, 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