By Bob Uphues
Westmont resident Nabor R. Medina, 36, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence and aggravated driving with a suspended license after he was pulled over by a Riverside police officer on Ogden Avenue about 3:25 a.m. on March 3.
According to the police report, the officer observed a red Chevy Monte Carlo stop halfway into the intersection at a red light at Ogden and First avenues. When the light turned green, the vehicle continued westbound on Ogden Avenue, striking the curb and at one point driving onto the sidewalk.
The officer reported that the driver, Medina, appeared very intoxicated and also observed empty beer bottles throughout the vehicle. Medina reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was unable to submit a breath test.
Police reported recovering nine empty beer bottles and an empty beer can from the vehicle, along with three full bottles and 23 full cans. Medina also reportedly admitted drinking four shots of liquor at a nightclub in Chicago.
In addition to DUI, he was also cited for several traffic offenses.
Stay off the tracks
Riverside police issued local ordinance tickets for trespassing to two people walking along the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad tracks about 1:10 p.m. on March 3.
When police arrived at the scene, they reportedly saw a woman standing on the southernmost set of tracks and a train approaching from the west. One officer yelled at her to get off the tracks, and she complied with the command.
The woman, a 24-year-old Lyons resident, and a 29-year-old Chicago man told police they were filming a video for a project on the tracks. They were ticketed and released.
Special St. Pat's traffic crackdown
Brookfield, North Riverside and Riverside police will all be participating in the St. Patrick's Day traffic enforcement program funded by grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement period will run from March 11 through 17 and will include extra patrols, particularly at night, focused on traffic enforcement only, including looking for seatbelt, speeding and drunk-driving infractions.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Feb. 25-March 3, 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.