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South Suburban DUI Arrests, March 24

Man tells police he was having a bad day. Driver laughs and talks his way through DUI stop. These and more in our weekly roundup of Southland's drunken driving reports.

 

OAK LAWN

March 16: A man told police he was having a bad day when they stopped him for speeding around 10:33 p.m., reports said. Police said that Ahmed Alaylan, 35, was observed abruptly changing lanes when he was clocked driving 55mph in a 30mph zone. Ahmed was pulled over near 95th Street and 52nd Avenue, allegedly told the officer he had two Budweisers earlier in the evening. Police said Ahmed failed field sobriety tests. Ahmed refused to take a Breathlyzer test and had to be woken repeatedly during booking, reports said. He was charged with DUI and speeding. Ahmed’s next court appearance is May 2 in Bridgeview.

March 6: Azucena Garcia, 27, of Chicago, was charged with speeding and driving under the influence when her Dodge Caravan was observed traveling 55mph in a 30mph speed zone, reports said. The officer activated his police lights but said that Garcia continued driving approximately five hours before he was able to stop her in the 5900 block of 95th Street. While speaking to Garcia, the officer said he could detect an odor of alcohol and also noted detected the odor of alcohol and noted that she kept missing her mouth while trying to eat French fries. Police said she could not provide her driver’s license or proof of insurance. Garcia allegedly told police that she had drunk two medium-size Budweisers earlier in the evening. She could not pass the field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest, reports said. Police said that Garcia blew a .183 at the Oak Lawn police station. Garcia was also charged for driving with out a license and no proof of insurance. Her next court appearance is April 17 at the Bridgeview Court House.

EVERGREEN PARK

March 9: David Prater, Jr., 32, of Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08, failing to signal when required, improper lane use, driving without insurance and driving without a license, according to a police report. Police were called about an erratic driver northbound on Kedzie Avenue. At about 3:58 a.m. on 87th Street, police stopped Prater after seeing him straddling the lane lines. During the stop, they noticed the driver had glassy and bloodshot eyes, as well as a smell of alcohol on his breath. He failed field sobriety tests and had a BAL of 0.163.

PALOS HILLS 

March 9: Richard Clark, 48, of Palos Hills, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08, improper lane use and driving without valid insurance, according to a police report. An officer saw Clark's vehicle hit the curb at about 10:40 p.m. while southbound on 95th Street. During the stop, police could smell alcohol. Clark failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. He is due in Bridgeview court on April 23.

March 9: Christine Davis, 41, of Calumet City, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol, improper lane use and driving without insurance, according to a report. Police reportedly saw Davis at about 1:25 a.m. swearing into oncoming traffic on 103rd Street. During the traffic stop, police noticed there was a strong odor of alcohol and that her speech was slurred. She also failed field sobriety tests. Davis is due in Bridgeview court on April 23.

ORLAND PARK

Feb. 24: Winston C. Hall, 27, of the 22700 block of Cottage Grove in Steger, was charged with driving under the influence, disobeying a traffic signal, failing to signal when required and not having front or rear plates. Hall was stopped at about 1:58 a.m. near the intersection of West and Ravinia avenues. He was arrested and taken to the Orland Park Police Department, where he took a breath test. Hall is due in Bridgeview court on April 16.

Feb. 24: Ryan M. Young, 36, of the 11200 block of Bradley Court in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane use and driving without headlights when required, according to a report. Police allegedly saw Young’s vehicle swerving in the lane. He was stopped at about 8:17 p.m. near 143rd Street and Wolf Road. During the stop, he was asked to perform field sobriety tests. Young was due in Bridgeview court on March 14.

Feb. 23: Jason C. Koleczek, 35, of the 16500 block of Ridgeland Avenue in Tinley Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08, driving without insurance and possession of marijuana, according to report. A call about an erratic driver at 8:27 p.m. led police to a parking lot at 10723 159th St. A witness directed police to a parked white Ford Tauras, where an officer found the driver appearing to fall asleep. The driver, Koleczek, said he had been drinking whiskey and water and that he had marijuana in the center console. He was booked, refused to take a breath test at the Orland Park Police Department and was given a March 14 Bridgeview court date.

TINLEY PARK

March 16: Tadeusz Tylka, 44, of the 7200 block of 173rd Street in Tinley Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08 and improper lane use, according to a report. Tylka was seen striking the curb twice by an officer at about 2:21 a.m. on Harlem Avenue, near 171st Street. During a traffic stop, the officer noted Tylka’s bloodshot, watery eyes and a smell of alcohol coming from his breath. He allegedly failed field sobriety tests, during which he was laughing and “very talkative.” He was arrested, taken to the Tinley Park Police Department and given a breath test. He is due in Bridgeview court on April 3.

OAK FOREST

March 15: Kim Marie Lawrence, 56, of the 15000 block of LeClaire in Oak Forest, was charged with driving under the influence, making an improper turn and failure to signal when required, according to a report. Lawrence was stopped at about 10:38 p.m. near 15800 Laramie Ave. An officer reported smelling alcohol on the driver’s breath, and she took and failed field sobriety tests, the report stated. After her arrest, Lawrence refused to take a breath test while at the Oak Forest Police Department.

NEW LENOX

March 16: Joseph S. Marshall, 34, of the 14600 block of South Greenwood in Dolton, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of marijuana and also was cited for a moving violation, according to a report. Marshall was stopped at about 4:38 a.m. on Nelson Road near Route 30. Police determined he was under the influence and, after a search of his vehicle, found marijuana. He was released after posting bond.

HOMEWOOD

March 14: Roosevelt Thomas, 53, of the 15500 block of Sixth Avenue in Phoenix, IL, was charged with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and improper lighting, according to a report. Thomas was stopped at about 12:36 a.m. near Kedzie Avenue and 183rd Street after an officer saw him change lanes without signaling. Police reported smelling an odor of alcohol and also determined that Thomas' license was suspended. He is due in a Markham courtroom on April 23.

March 13: Christopher Davlantis, 30, of the 1000 block of 186th Place in Homewood, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol and speeding, according to a report. An officer stopped Davlantis at about 2:31 a.m. near Meyer Court and Riegel Road after allegedly traveling 45 mph in a 35 mph zone and slightly swerving. Police smelled a strong odor of alcohol and other signs Davlantis possibly had been drinking. He also was unable to finish sentences and spoke with slurred speech. After he was arrested, police found a bottle of Booth's Distilled London Dry Gin on the floor of the car. During booking, Davlantis refused to take a breath test. He is due in a Markham courtroom on April 2.

CHICAGO HEIGHTS

March 13: Jonathan Rowton, 44, of the 4100 block of the Lindenwood Drive in Matteson, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08 and failing to dim headlights, according to a report. Rowton was stopped at about 3:44 a.m. near 16th Street and Portland Avenue after an officer saw him driving with his high beams on. Police could smell an odor of alcohol on his breath. Rowton was arrested after taking field sobriety tests. While in custody, he took a breath test with a result of 0.115. He is due in Markham court on April 24.

MIDLOTHIAN

March 14: Guillermo Vega, 28, of the 1900 block of South High Street in Blue Island, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a report. Police stopped Vega at about 7:10 p.m. near 14800 South Kedzie Avenue after he was seen weaving in traffic. During the stop, police noticed a smell of alcohol and two, empty 750-ml glass bottles of MD 20/20 Orange Jubilee inside the car. An officer asked for Vega’s birthday, to which he replied, “I already gave my birthday to you. It’s Guillermo.” The officer asked again “So, your date of birth is Guillermo?” and the driver replied “Yes.” When Vega left the car to perform field sobriety tests, officers noticed that he had exposed himself, the report stated. Officers also took a pit bull that was in the back seat of the car into custody. Vega was arrested and taken to the Midlothian Police Department, where he refused to take a breath test.

FLOSSMOOR

March 14: Edward D. Branch, 28, of the 3500 block of 192nd Street in Homewood, was charged with driving under the influence, resisting or obstructing a police officer and driving with a suspended or revoked license, according to a report. Police stopped Branch at about 10:26 p.m. near 19880 Crawford Ave. Officers had tried to arrest Branch, who was found to have a suspended license, but were met with resistance. One officer used a taser and missed. Backup was called to arrest Branch.

March 11: Alfredrick Hughes, 50, of the 18500 block of Western Avenue in Homewood, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08, failure to signal and driving without proof of insurance, according to a report. Police stopped Hughes at about 8:53 p.m. near the intersection of Flossmoor Road and Sterling Avenue after he failed to use a signal while making a right turn. Police said he spoke with slurred speech. Hughes was asked to perform field sobriety tests and was arrested. During the arrest, he also was given a breath test that resulted in a 0.233.

PALOS HEIGHTS

March 17: Michael W. Wnuk, 20, of the 7200 block of South Banks Street in Justice, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08, driving with a suspended license, improper lane use and speeding, according to a report. Wnuk was stopped for speeding and improper lane use at about 6:34 a.m. near 12200 S. Harlem Ave. Police smelled an odor of alcohol and noticed the driver had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He failed field sobriety tests and, later, took a breath test. He is due in court on April 11.

March 17: Derek Mallory, 46, of the 4000 block of West 115th Street in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08, improper lane use and failing to dim headlights, according to a report. Mallory was stopped at about 3:11 a.m. near 6300 W. Route 83 for not dimming his headlights and improper lane use. Police found the driver was under the influence. He also took a breath test. He is due in court April 25.

March 15:

Kelvin L. Johnson, 26, of the 2000 block of South 11th Avenue in Maywood, was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane use and speeding, according to a report. Johnson was stopped at about 12:57 a.m. near 12400 S. Harlem Ave., for speeding and improper lane use. Police said Johnson failed field sobriety tests. He is due in court April 2.

WILL COUNTY

March 16: Kenneth J. Kukulski, 65, of the 20000 block of South Spruce Drive in Frankfort, was charged with driving under the influence and failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash, according to a report. He was arrested in the area of South 80th Avenue and West Harvest Drive in Frankfort.

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jim bush March 25, 2013 at 01:59 PM
does anyone proofread what is written here?
tmg March 26, 2013 at 07:39 PM
maybe the writer is under the influence......
Bob Laird March 26, 2013 at 08:12 PM
under the affluence of inkapol?
MM March 27, 2013 at 08:11 PM
I read that, too, and I was going to comment on it, but you beat me to it.
MM March 27, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Or, maybe she was driving very slow.

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