By Bob Uphues
Riverside police cited a local man for having an unattended motor vehicle after his driver-less car crashed through a fence and into a neighboring garage in the 7300 block of Ogden Avenue on Oct. 18 at about 2:45 p.m.
According to the police report, the man said he parked his 1990 Volkswagen behind his house, shut the vehicle off and carried groceries into his residence.
The man related that he'd recently converted the vehicle from automatic transmission to manual, and that he'd left the car in gear when he turned off the motor.
At some point, the man accidentally hit the remote start button on his key fob, which caused his in-gear vehicle to move forward and drive through a fence, across a parking lot and into a garage two doors down. The garage door reportedly fell on a 2018 Honda Civic parked inside.
No one was injured and the garage reportedly didn't sustain any structural damage.
Six charged in mall fight
North Riverside police charged six men between the ages of 23 and 32 with disorderly conduct after a verbal altercation, apparently over some shoes, turned into a physical fight in front of H&M on the lower level of the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on Oct. 17 at about 4:45 p.m.
One of those involved reportedly told police he was at the mall with his brother and a friend when they encountered another group who were "talking some s--- over some shoes," leading to a physical fight, which reportedly alarmed other shoppers.
Security guards were able to detain three of the men, while two others were detained on Cermak Road inside a rideshare vehicle that had picked them up. The sixth was detained by North Riverside police in the parking lot by Amita Health on the north side of the mall.
Brookfield police charged a 24-year-old Brookfield woman with drunken driving and cited her for other traffic offenses after she reportedly had to slam on the brakes of her silver 2005 Toyota to avoid crashing into the Veterans Memorial Circle at Eight Corners and then continued to drive erratically while southbound on Maple Avenue at about 4:20 a.m. on Oct. 14.
An officer on patrol in the 9200 block of Broadway Avenue reported that the vehicle appeared to be speeding as it approached the circle before the driver hit the brakes, screeching the tires and skidding for a few seconds before coming to a stop.
The vehicle continued southbound, according to police, swerving into the parking lane in the 3600 block of Maple Avenue and back again while nearly striking a parked car. During the stop, the officer said the driver ate a breakfast burrito and handed him a debit card instead of her driver's license.
The driver failed field sobriety tests and a breath test about an hour after the stop reportedly revealed the woman's blood-alcohol content to be .163, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
North Riverside police charged a 26-year-old Chicago man with aggravated speeding after an officer on patrol reported observing the black Honda motoring at 86 mph in a 35 mph zone while westbound in the 8800 block of Cermak Road on Oct. 17 at about 2:25 a.m.
The officer was able to stop the vehicle in the 9000 block of Cermak Road and arrest the driver, who has a Nov. 23 court date at Maybrook.
A 24-year-old Thornton man charged by North Riverside police with aggravated speeding just after midnight on Oct. 16 also was charged with drunken driving after an officer stopped him for driving at least 57 mph in a 30 mph zone while westbound in the 7400 block of Cermak Road.
An officer was able to stop the vehicle in the 9000 block of Cermak Road and arrest the driver, whose blood-alcohol content reportedly was .186, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08, nearly an hour after the incident.
Actually, never mind
A Brookfield woman contacted police just after noon on Oct. 14 to report that she had just returned from walking her dog. Upon entering her unlocked home, she determined that someone had entered the house while she was out and stole her purse from an area near the front door.
Police responding to the home reported locating the woman's purse in the kitchen.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 12-18, 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