Accused Drunk Driver Threatens To Give Police West Nile Virus
Man claims that Evergreen Park mayor's illness "was no accident," police say.
Oak Lawn police charged a 47-year-old man with driving under the influence and resisting arrest after he threatened police during a traffic stop, reports said.
Detectives observed a white Mercury Cougar drifting across the lanes on the 9800 block of Cicero Avenue around 10:10 p.m. Sept. 4. When the car changed lanes and made a right turn on to Southwest Highway without signaling, police curbed the car at Southwest and Kenton Avenue, reports said.
When detectives approached the car, the driver, identified as Kurt. J Dangel, of the 5600 block of Edge Lake Drive, rolled his window down three inches. Police said the detectives detected a strong odor of alcohol and observed a glass in the back seat of the car. The front seat was also wet.
Asked if he had been drinking, Dangel allegedly replied that he had “one beer.” Police said that Dangel admitted to being arrested in June by Evergreen Park police for possession of a controlled sustance.
According to the report, Dangel said without prompting: “They put a fake bag of crack on me, they knew it b---s---.”
When asked to get out of the car, police said Dangel got out and began to act “irritated and angry.”
Dangel allegedly said, “Evergreen Park police f------ with me and you see what happened to them, right? You think their mayor got West Nile virus by accident?”
Police said Dangel continued to tell detectives that he was going to make all of them contract West Nile virus, ending with the statement: “Don’t be surprised if all of your squad cars get set on fire.”
Dangel then told a detective, “You have kids right? Are you sure you want to mess with someone like me? I’m the man,” reports said.
Police asked Dangel to perform field sobriety tests, to which he initially agreed. During the one-leg stand test, the detective gave him verbal instructions. Police said Dangel acknowledged that he understood the instructions and refused the detective’s offer to repeat them again,
“It’s just like the ‘Karate Kid’ thing, right? The crane,” Dangel allegedly said.
After running through several tests, police advised Dangel he was under arrest for during under the influence and driving on a suspended license, reports said.
Dangel resisted being handcuffed, police said, but officers were able to subdue him and he was taken to the station with no further incident.
Police found that the liquid on Dangel’s passenger seat to be beer. There was also beer in the bottom of the cupholder and in the center console. There was also a small amount of beer in the bottom of the glass located in the back seat, reports said.
Police alleged that Dangel’s cell phone contained text messages consistent with someone trying to “order up illegal narcotics from a drug dealer.”
At the station, Dangle refused all chemical tests. He also refused to give a urine or blood sample, police said. Dangle denied consuming any alcohol or drugs.
He was also charged with driving on a suspended license, possession of a suspended license, and several traffic violations, including illegal transport of alcohol. Dangel’s next court appearance is Oct. 15 in Bridgeview.
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