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South Suburban Drunken Driving Arrests, Oct. 9

A roundup of recent DUI arrests in towns served by the Patch network. Have an opinion on the topic? Respond to our drunken driving poll.

Sunday, Sept. 25: Police were called about a blue Toyota driving erratically near Wolf Road and 159th Street around 8:50 p.m. An officer found the vehicle driving west on 159th Street from Wolf Road and saw it cross over lane lines four times before pulling it over, police said. The driver said she had three cocktails and some champagne at a party earlier in the night, and then failed field sobriety tests, according to the report. Lynn A. Bachmann, 52, of the 15900 block of 159th Street in Homer Glen was charged with driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 and improper lane use.

Sept. 25: A patrol officer saw a red car driving 85 mph heading south on Wolf Road around 2:35 a.m. The car sped through a red light and turned right onto Southwest Highway, police said. As the officer came to the turn, the car stopped and the driver exited, running from the car into a nearby brush field, according to the report. The man started cooperating after the officer aimed a taser at him, police said. The man said he ran from the car because he was worried about how fast he was driving, and then he failed a field sobriety test. Mario J. Gurgone, 44, of the 17600 block of Mayher Drive in Orland Park, was charged with fleeing and eluding police, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and disobeying a traffic control signal.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Catherine M. Anderson, 36, of the 5400 block of South Christiana Avenue in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08, driving with an obstructed windshield and driving without a license. Police were called about a red Saturn car driving through stop signs and driving on the median. A car matching the description was seen stopped in a parking lot in the 16100 block of LaGrange Road around 6:30 a.m., and the driver was tossing garbage out the window, police said. The driver slurred her speech, said she was born in the month of “Septober” and failed field sobriety tests, according to the report.

Sept. 24: Police were called to a one-vehicle rollover accident near 143rd Street and Will Cook Road, around 2:05 a.m. A man was found standing next to a Ford Explorer on its side, police said. The man’s breath smelled like alcohol, he failed field sobriety tests and refused medical treatment, police said. Michael M. Perovanovic, 21, of the 11700 block of Kristoffer Lane in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08, driving with a suspended license, driving an uninsured vehicle and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. 

Sunday, Oct. 2: Jacob F. Mentzer, 21, of the 1200 block of Revere Court in New Lenox, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he was stopped at Laraway Road and Route 52 in Joliet, according to the .

Wednesday, Sept. 28: Joseph Palacios, 49, of Joliet, was stopped by New Lenox police after they said he was driving with an open container of alcohol in his car. Palacios was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance. He was taken to Will County Jail.

Saturday, Oct. 1: Vince A. Pribble, 48, of the 120 block of Dugan Road in Cornwall Bridge, CT, was charged with driving under the influence and speeding after being pulled over near Colorado Avenue and Friar Way.

Friday, Sept. 30: Adam J. Tromp, 34, of the 600 block of Oxford Court in New Lenox, was charged with driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane use after being pulled over in the 200 block of Colorado Avenue.

Friday, Sept. 30: Jesus Campos-Briones, 28, of the 9100 block of Lincoln Court in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level over 0.08, operating an uninsured vehicle, driving without a license, and issued tickets for an accident, said. Officers responded to an accident in the 9500 block of West 191st Street at 8 a.m. Accordint to the report, Campos-Briones rear ended another vehicle. While speaking with Campos-Briones, the officer smelled alcohol on his breath. Campos-Briones failed field sobriety tests, and  blood alcohol level was three times over the legal limit, police said.

Did You Know? Illinois Ranks 17 in U.S. in DUI Episodes

Illinois drivers are more likely than the national average to drive under the influence of alcohol, but DUI numbers across the country are decreasing. Last Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released 2010 statistics relating to a survey about DUIs.

According to the survey, an estimated 4 million adult respondents said they drove drunk at least once last year, averaging out to about 479 episodes for a population of 1,000. Those numbers are down about 30 percent from a peak in 2006. Illinois ranked above the average, with 513 DUI incidents per 1,000 people. That ranks 17th among all 50 states.

Police report information is provided by local police departments. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

Ryan Fitzpatrick October 19, 2011 at 09:49 AM
"Courts in California and Illinois held that the DUI statutes did not apply to bicycles. The DUI statute only proscribed the operation of a “vehicle” under the influence, and the statutory definition of “vehicle” expressly exempted bicycles and other modes of transportation powered by humans. However, both states, and most states, have separate statutes that prohibit riding a bicycle while intoxicated. Violating these bicycle-specific statutes carries a much lighter sentence, but is still illegal." —http://legallad.quickanddirtytips.com/legal-bicycle-DUI.aspx
Russ October 19, 2011 at 05:02 PM
I have noticed in most or all of our comments ,nothing has been said about the responsibility of the bar or liquor store that sells the alcohol. What if, when a patron went into a bar, he or she , had to leave their license with a 25. deposit, when he or she leaves the bar they have to take a Breathalyzer test to get their license and deposit back ,if they don't pass the test, the deposit will go for their cab fare .If you want to buy from a liquor store ,blow before you buy ,if you don't pass you don't get the alcohol. The cost of the breathalyzers could come from convicted dui offenders
Deb Melchert October 19, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Russ, you've got a valid point. I would think it would be easier for a bartender to spot an intoxicated person than it would be for a clerk in a liquor store. If someone comes in sober and buys a ton of booze, the clerk has no idea on how many people will be consuming it. Someone obviously already is a different story. I believe the law says that a bartender and or establishment can be held liable if it's obvious the offender was intoxicated and they continued to serve them. It would be nice if that law was enforced more stringently. But we can also take issue with people who are with a friend or relative and let them get behind the wheel knowing that they were drunk. Drinking for the most part is a social activity, so most people are never alone when they drink. People need to stand up and act like an adult and tell them, you're not driving, if you try we'll call the police. No one wants to be the bad guy, but I'd rather have someone mad at me instead of someone's death or serious injury on my conscience.
Russ October 19, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Deb, I think we agree where the responsibility lies .I think we all need to be more vigilant of potential drunken drivers.Sometimes it is not obvious when a person is over the limit .I wonder if people would be willing to test themselves before they leave a bar to see if they are legal.
debbi odhonery January 07, 2012 at 09:39 AM
So if you find not having the use of the car a hardship, how much of a hardship do you think a family suffers when they loose a loved one to an idiot drunk driver like this guy that fled on foot (GURGONE) this MORAN for sure is not innocent! You must be his wife sitting @ home feeling sorry for yourself! Suck it up! It's the loss of a car, not the loss of an innocent LIFE!!! You sound so ignorant!!

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