Police: DUI Charge Follows Car Accident

Police cite man for DUI and investigate fraud and criminal damage to property complaints.


DUI Charge

Jeffrey Erikson, 37, of Mokena, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he rear-ended a northbound car on Cedar Road, police said.

According to the report, Erikson's vehicle hit the rear of a car stopped and waiting to turn left from Cedar Road onto Route 30. Erikson then left the scene and drove home, police said. Having heard details of the the call in New Lenox, Mokena police tracked Erikson down at his home.

Police determined he appeared to have been drinking and brought him to the Mokena Police Department. New Lenox police arrived shortly thereafter and issued tickets.

Because Erikson was cited for DUI and his car was involved in a hit and run accident, it was towed, police said. He was not ticketed for the hit and run violation. 


Suspended License

Jaclyn Bentkowski, 26, of Frankfort, was pulled over after a random registration check at Route 30 and Interstate 80. While being ticketed for driving on a suspended license, police learned that she was also wanted on a Tinley Park warrant for failure to appear in court. She was released to the Tinley Park police. 

Retail Theft

Someone stole a $70 bottle of tanning lotion Ultimate Exposure in the 1800 block of East Route 30.

Credit Fraud

A New Lenox resident told police that $550 worth of unauthorized purchases were made on his credit card. 

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Mary October 17, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I am wondering why Erikson wasn't ticketed for the hit and run violation in this item?


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