A woman driving a Nissan Rogue had to be extricated from her vehicle and was taken to the hospital for treatment after a Toyota Camry driven by another woman crashed into it as it reportedly attempted to make a U-turn in front of her while northbound on First Avenue near Forest Avenue on Dec. 28 at about 10:40 a.m.

According to the police report, the Nissan was in the right lane of traffic ahead of the Toyota, which was in the left lane. As the Nissan began making the U-turn, the driver of the Toyota could not stop in time and crashed into the driver’s side of the Nissan.

Riverside firefighters extricated the Nissan’s driver, who complained of chest pain and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center. The other driver was not injured.

Unlawful use of a weapon

A Berwyn man faces felony weapons charges after North Riverside police recovered a loaded Taurus .357 Magnum handgun from the center console of his silver Dodge truck, which an officer pulled over for allegedly speeding at 53 mph in a 35-mph zone and veering across lanes while eastbound in the 8400 block of Cermak Road and then speeding at 55 mph in a 35-mph zone while southbound on Harlem Avenue on Jan. 2 at 3:55 a.m.

Police said Emmanuel Duplessis and a female passenger in the vehicle appeared to be intoxicated during the ensuing traffic stop in the 2500 block of Harlem Avenue. Duplessis reportedly failed field sobriety tests and police took him into custody and impounded the vehicle.

In addition to finding the gun, which reportedly had dried blood on its frame, police reported recovering a wallet with ID belonging to someone not present. Police reported that Duplessis had been convicted of a prior weapons offense in 2013.

North Riverside police charged Duplessis with driving under the influence of alcohol, while the Cook County State’s Attorney approved a Class 2 felony charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon against him.

Package stolen from porch

A resident of the 3200 block of Grand Boulevard, Brookfield, called police on Dec. 28 to report that someone stole a package from her front porch earlier in the day.

The victim received a message at 4:30 p.m. notifying her that the package had been delivered. At 6:30 p.m., the victim received a Ring doorbell activation alert including video of someone removing the package, placing it under his sweatshirt and walking away with it north on Grand Boulevard.


  •  A 37-year-old Darien man who reportedly had been warned multiple times by Brookfield police not to get behind the wheel of his car due to his level of intoxication was charged with drunken driving for doing just that on Dec. 26 at about 11:50 p.m.

Police had been called to Phil’s Sports Bar & Grill, 8901 Burlington Ave., at about 11:30 p.m. for an unrelated incident and at the time the man was advised not to drive. But about 20 minutes later, the same police officer reported seeing the man get behind the wheel of his car and drive away west on Burlington Avenue, rolling through the stop sign at Maple Avenue before heading south to Ogden Avenue, crossing the white dotted line  at least twice before he was pulled over in the 4100 block of East Avenue.

The driver reportedly refused all sobriety tests and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and cited for four traffic offenses. 

  • A 28-year-old Chicago woman was charged with drunken driving, aggravated speeding and cited for other traffic offenses after North Riverside police pulled over her black Chevy, which was reportedly traveling at 70 mph in a 35-mph zone while eastbound on Cermak Road from Desplaines Avenue on Dec. 29 at about 3:25 a.m.

The driver, who was transporting three passengers, appeared to be intoxicated, police said, and failed field sobriety tests. At the police station, a breath test reportedly showed the woman’s blood-alcohol content to be .182, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

  • Brookfield police charged a 30-year-old Chicago woman with drunken driving after another motorist called 911 to report that the woman was driving a black Toyota into oncoming traffic and erratically braked and accelerated while northbound on First Avenue from I-55 and then westbound on 31st Street to Harrison Avenue.

Police stopped the vehicle, which reportedly drove through a stop sign, at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Grand Boulevard and spoke to the driver who appeared to be intoxicated. A breath test later revealed her blood-alcohol content to be .15, or nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

  • North Riverside police charged a 28-year-old Chicago man with DUI after an officer on patrol pulled him over for driving at a high rate of speed while eastbound in the 7400 block of Cermak Road and nearly hitting a westbound North Riverside police patrol vehicle head on.

After nearly striking the police vehicle, the tan Saturn drove over the raised median and continued eastbound across Harlem Avenue, reaching the 7000 block before police pulled the vehicle over.

According to police, the driver was wearing mardi gras beads and a “metallic party hat” and eventually admitted he had been drinking alcohol.

In addition to DUI, police cited the man for several traffic offenses, including not having a valid driver’s license.

Hit and run

A resident of the first block of Forest Avenue, Riverside, called police on Dec. 27 at about 12:50 a.m. after someone crashed a van into her vehicle, which was parked on the north side of the street, causing heavy rear-end damage.

The victim told police she heard a “bang” and looked out the window to see a man get out of a white van, look at the damage and yell an expletive before picking up some pieces from the crash and putting them into the van, which was last seen driving away toward First Avenue.

Surveillance cameras last showed the van crossing First Avenue and continuing west on Ridgewood Road toward Brookfield.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Dec. 26, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023, 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