Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police reports - Nov. 25- Dec. 1

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

DUI repeat offender over twice the legal limit

Riverside police arrested Courtney L. Moy, 34, of Downers Grove, for allegedly driving drunk in the 3300 block of South Harlem Avenue at 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The arresting officer witnessed Moy in a 2005 Buick passenger car "erratically changing lanes, driving southbound in the parking lane of Harlem from East Burlington to Ogden" and speeding "15 miles over the posted speed limit," according to a police report. Police conducted a field-sobriety test on Moy, revealing a 0.189 alcohol level — more than double the legal limit. 

Moy, of the 7600 block of Nottingham in Downers Grove, has three prior DUI convictions and was driving with a revoked driver's license, according to police. She was charged with improper lane usage, speeding, driving without insurance, aggravated felony driving while license revoked and aggravated felony DUI. 

Hit-and-run suspect

 Brookfield police arrested Matthew Lannon, of the 3000 block of Prairie Avenue, for obstructing an investigation into a hit-and-run accident that occurred Sunday, Dec. 1, in the 3600 block of Prairie Avenue. 

An off-duty Brookfield officer witnessed a silver, full-sized pickup truck strike a red, full-sized pickup truck at 2:13 a.m., according to the report. Police located the offending vehicle in the 3000 block of Prairie Avenue, where Lannon "appeared to be intoxicated, as observed by his red, glassy eyes and unstable walk," the police report states. Asked if he had been driving that evening, Lannon told police that he was drunk but had not been driving.

Lannon was arrested for obstructing the investigation when he allegedly refused to provide police with a driver's license or other form of identification. The report notes that he was not charged with driving under the influence because the responding police officer did not witness him behind the wheel.

Another hit-and-run in Brookfield

A Brookfield man was arrested on Saturday, Nov. 30, for leaving the scene of a property-damage accident and "obstructing service of process," according to a Brookfield police report.

Police were called when a resident on the 4500 block of Prairie Avenue "heard a loud noise that startled her." The witness looked outside and saw a white male exit a silver sedan that had collided with a parked white van belonging to Windward Roofing. Five minutes later, the driver of the van, Paul Strafaci, returned with an older woman, the witness recounted in the police report.

Strafaci initially told police that his mother, Jolene, was driving the vehicle during the collision. He later changed his story, stating that he was driving the vehicle at the time of the collision and that he was "fearful of what his disposition would be had he stayed on the scene," the report states.

Strafaci said that he had consumed "various alcoholic beverages that may have contributed to the collision."

Arrested for credit card fraud

North Riverside police arrested Victor D. Safforld on one count of identity theft, one count of felony unlawful possession of a fraudulent driver's license and two counts of felony forgery on Friday, Nov. 29, at North Riverside Park Mall.

According to police, Sanford entered the Rogers and Hollands Jewelers at the mall at 1:28 p.m. and inquired about two men's Gucci watches valued at $2,195 and $4,395. He then pursued opening a line of credit with a driver's license of a man from Minnesota, the report states. The Rogers and Hollands employee recognized Sanford from the company's identity theft bulletins and contacted mall security and North Riverside police.

After approaching him about the alleged fraud, Safforld fled but was apprehended by police before exiting the mall. The store informed police that Safforld is "believed to be responsible for several attempted identity theft cases at various other Rogers and Hollands Jewelers in the area."

Don't disturb the mall

Louis Regules was arrested by North Riverside police at North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 W. Cermak Road, and charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and possession of cannabis. Mall security recounted that Regules was reportedly harassing young women in the food court of the mall prior to his arrest. He was asked to leave repeatedly by mall security but refused, according to police. He eventually left and was located by police at a bus stop near the mall "yelling profanities in the direction of the North Riverside Mall security supervisor," according to police reports. 

After threatening a police officer, Regules was arrested. He was found to be carrying a small plastic bag, containing 1 gram of cannabis in his jacket pocket, according to a police report.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 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 Timothy Inklebarger

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