Cops say DUI suspect hit 103 mph on 26th Street

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By Bob Uphues

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Riverside police charged a 32-year-old Cicero man with aggravated speeding, possession of a controlled substance and drunken driving, in addition to citing him for numerous traffic offenses, after he reportedly drove his black 2013 Dodge Challenger at speeds in excess of 100 mph while westbound on 26th Street from Harlem Avenue at about 1:10 a.m. on June 7.

A Riverside police officer reported first encountering Halley A. Buenrostro's vehicle when it appeared to be speeding in excess of 100 mph while northbound on Harlem Avenue from East Burlington Street. 

The officer was able to lock his squad car's radar onto the vehicle as it sat waiting for a train to clear the 26th Street crossing in North Riverside. When the vehicle sped away, the officer reported clocking it at 103 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The officer was able to catch up to Buenrosto's vehicle at Desplaines Avenue, where he turned north and then into the parking lot of a tavern in the 2500 block of Desplaines Avenue where Buenrosto reportedly fled the vehicle on foot, leaving four passengers inside the car at the scene.

About 20 minutes later, police apprehended Buenrosto near 26th Street and Veterans Drive after failing to get either a family member or rideshare to pick him up before police found him.

Inside Buenrosto's vehicle, police reported finding cocaine in the center console, along with open bottles of alcohol. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office reportedly denied Riverside's request to upgrade Buenrosto's DUI charge to felony status, despite the fact that he did not possess a valid driver's license, had no vehicle insurance and had been arrested twice previously for DUI in 2004 and 2006.

 

Unlawful use of a weapon

A North Riverside man faces felony weapons charges after he was found to be in possession of a handgun and ammunition despite having his firearms owner's ID (FOID) revoked and having an active order of protection against him.

A police officer initiated a traffic stop on June 6 about 6:35 p.m. in the 8500 block of Cermak Road when he reported seeing the driver of a gray Porsche SUV not wearing a seatbelt.

According to the police report, the 32-year-old driver, Eric C. McGee, had his driver's license suspended in February and the North Riverside Police Department had served him with an order of protection on May 7.

In a paper bag inside the vehicle, police reported finding a Glock 19 SN handgun, a magazine loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition and a box containing 50 rounds of 9 mm ammunition. McGee reportedly told police he'd purchased the ammunition from a local gun dealer on June 5.

 

Riverside business burglarized

Someone who burglarized White Fence Farm, 3704 Harlem Ave. in Riverside, during the overnight hours of June 9-10 used two large flagstones to shatter the front glass door to gain entry.

Police arrived at the scene about 7:20 a.m. on June 10 and discovered the two flagstones inside the business. The cash register was knocked over on the counter, with the cash box, containing only loose change, lying open on the floor. The rear door was found to be unlocked.

 

Possession of stolen vehicle

Two male juveniles face felony counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle after they were stopped by police while trying to drive out of the parking lot at the North Riverside Park Mall, 7501 Cermak Road, on June 3 about 6:30 p.m.

A mall security guard radioed police about a suspicious red Kia parked in the south parking deck, which is used to store vehicles for a car dealership. The security guard said one of the juveniles exited the Kia and stood next to a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in the structure.

Police reported finding two gas cans, one full and one empty, as well as a rubber tube next to the Jeep, which also had its fuel pump severed. Police also reported that the red Kia had been reported stolen in Oak Lawn on May 27.

The boys were charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle, criminal damage to property and theft.

 

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, June 3-10, 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

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Email: buphues@wjinc.com Twitter: @RBLandmark

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