Dog attack injures man, small pet | Police reports, June June 12-18

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Two dogs escaped a yard and at least one of them reportedly attacked and bit a 53-year-old man as he walked his small, 10-pound dog in the 4100 block of Prairie Avenue on the morning of June 18.

Both the man and the dog suffered bite wounds in the attack, according to police, and the man also reportedly sustained a fractured elbow after being knocked down in the street by one of the large dogs as he tried to run away.

The victim said a large tan-and-white pit bull jumped up on the gate, opened the latch and charged at him and his dog. The pit bull reportedly bit the small dog in the rear end and bit the man on the torso, before both were able to escape to the front porch of a house across the street. 

A short time later, the owner of the pit bull called his dogs back home and at first didn't believe one of his dogs bit the man and his pet. Police told the dogs' owner that both the victim and his dog had visible puncture wounds from dog bites and issued him three citations.

Alcohol a factor in rollover

North Riverside police charged a 32-year-old Chicago woman with driving under the influence after she rolled over her 2000 Nissan X-Terra in the 2500 block of Veterans Drive, which is the south entry road into the North Riverside Park Mall, on June 16 at about 6:30 p.m.

According to police the Nissan hopped the median, struck a large boulder and then rolled over onto its side. The driver, who reportedly appeared "heavily intoxicated," was standing inside the vehicle when police arrived and was later taken to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.

Her blood-alcohol content was .255, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08, according to police.

Home burglarized

North Riverside police responded to a residence in the 2300 block of 12th Avenue on June 18 after the homeowner called to report a burglary.

According to police, someone gained entry to the house by cutting a screen to open an unlocked window between the hours of 5:30 p.m. on June 17 and 12:30 a.m. on June 18. Among items taken from the home were an Xbox One videogame system, one videogame, a pair of Air Jordan gym shoes, a wallet and a debit card. 

Car hits cyclist in crosswalk

Brookfield police ticketed a 33-year-old Brookfield man for failure to yield to a pedestrian after his pickup truck reportedly struck an 11-year-old girl on a bicycle in the crosswalk at the intersection of Southview and Prairie avenues on June 12 at 8:35 p.m.

The driver reportedly told police he didn't see the girl, who was headed northbound on Prairie Avenue when she was struck. The car reportedly dragged the girl and her bike for a short distance before coming to a stop.

The girl sustained minor injuries, according to police, and was taken to LaGrange Hospital for treatment. 

Vehicle break-in

A resident of the 200 block of East Burlington Street, Riverside, contacted police on the morning of June 12 to report that someone had entered his vehicle overnight and removed two cellphone charging cables and a portable power station for recharging phones. The vehicle, which was parked in the driveway, was unlocked, police said.

Rolling soda, crashing car

A 46-year-old Riverside woman crashed her car into a tree along Longcommon Road near East Burlington Street on June 15 at about 10:40 a.m. after she reportedly dropped a can of soda that rolled under the pedals.

The driver said she reached for the soda and, in doing so, lost control of her car and hit the tree. She sustained minor injuries to her knee but refused medical treatment, police said.

Alleged beer thief pinched

Riverside police charged a 37-year-old Riverside man with theft after he allegedly walked out of the Amstar/Minuteman gas station, 3346 Harlem Ave., with a 12 pack of beer on June 18 at about 2:15 p.m.

A witness described the suspect and the vehicle he drove, and police recognized the man from his driver's license picture. Officers went to the man's home and he reportedly admitted stealing the beer, which police recovered from a refrigerator inside the house.

Asked why he didn't pay for the beer, the man reportedly responded "that he didn't have any money and that he was stupid."

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

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