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South Suburban DUI Arrests, July 1

That's not water in that water bottle, drunken driver crashes car into light pole and more in this week's roundup of drunken driving arrests in the Southland.

 

June 15: Police pulled over a car after seeing it drive through a red light and cross over the center line on Wolf Road south of 159th Street around 1:30 p.m. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol and she failed field sobriety tests, police said. At first she wouldn’t provide a breath sample, but later she did at the police station, according to the report. Liza Callahan, 50, of the 11800 block of 86th Avenue in Palos Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08, improper lane use, disobeying a traffic control light and driving an uninsured vehicle.

June 9: 
Police pulled over a car for swerving outside of the lane line on 159th Street near Park Station Boulevard, around 3 a.m. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol, and he failed field sobriety tests, police said. Jason C. Jancik, 23, of the 14300 block of Surrey Court in Homer Glen, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 and improper lane use.

June 9: 
Police pulled over a car for driving into the right lane while making a left turn in the 8300 block of 159thStreet around 12:55 a.m. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol, but he refused to take field sobriety tests or use a Breathalyzer, police said. Ricardo A. Perez, 26, of the 10600 block of Avenue G in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper turning.

June 8: 
Police pulled over a car after seeing it driving 59 mph in a 45 mph zone in the 9700 block of 159th Street around 3:15 a.m. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol and she failed field sobriety tests, police said. A marijuana pipe was found in the car that belonged to a passenger, according to the report. Madelyn R. Bertrand, 19, of the 9900 block of Spaulding Avenue in Evergreen Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08, speeding and driving an uninsured vehicle. Kathryn E. Cullen, 19, of the 3900 block of 104th Place in Chicago, was cited with possession of drug paraphernalia. Both we cited for underage consumption of alcohol.

June 7:
 Police were called about a white Lexus SUV swerving and hitting curbs near 143rd Street and Ravinia Avenue around 10:15 p.m. An officer saw an SUV matching the description crossing over lane lines, and nearly hitting an oncoming car, while in the 11000 block of 143rd Street, and the SUV was pulled over, police said. The SUV kept driving after the officer turned on emergency lights, according to the report. The driver failed field sobriety tests, her breath smelled faintly like alcohol and she admitted to drinking earlier in the night, police said. She declined to take a Breathalyzer test, and police later found a cup in the SUV with alcohol in it, according to the report. Christine E. Steadman, 48, of the 1000 block of Edgewood Court in Lemont, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving an uninsured vehicle, improper lane use and illegal transportation of alcohol.

June 18: Thomas J. Dobrzeniecki, 29, of the 21700 block of Orion Avenue in Sauk Village, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him upon seeing him drive eastbound in a westbound lane on Joe Orr Road, according to the report. Police saw a water bottle containing an alcoholic beverage in Dobrzeniecki's center console and smelled alcohol on his breath, according to the report. Asked if he had been drinking, Dobrzeniecki told police "I've had a few beers." After performing field sobriety tests, Dobrzeniecki was taken into custody. He was also charged with disobeying a police officer, improper lane usage, driving without valid insurance, illegal transportation of open alcohol and blood-alcohol content above .08, according to the report.

June 16: Darris L. Browner, 28, of the 1000 block of East 100th Place, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him near the intersection of 14th Street and Aberdeen Street just after 1:30 a.m., according to the report.

June 16:
Adam Alcantar, 31, of the 1300 block of Emerald Avenue, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after police stopped him for speeding and failing to stop at a stop sign, according to the report. Upon smelling alcohol on Alcantar's breath and seeing an open can of beer in his center console, police had him perform field sobriety tests, according to the report. Alcantar was hit with additional charges of disobeying a stop sign, lack of insurance, transporting open alcohol and having a blood-alcohol content level above .08, according to the report.

June 16:
David Peavy, 55, of the 1400 block of Kinross Street in Flossmoor, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him upon seeing him drop off three passengers in the 1500 block Shields Avenue, an area "known for high narcotic sales and arrests," according to the report. Peavy got out of his truck and spoke with police in the street, according to the report. Asked if he had been drinking, Peavy told police he had not, but struggled to perform some field sobriety tests while refusing to do the rest.

June 20: Efrain Orduna, 40, 16794 Hillside Place in Tinley Park, was charged with DUI and transportation of open alcohol after he was stopped in the 1700 block of 183rd Street at 1:03 a.m., police said. Orduna drove very slowly, swerved and used his turning signal “on and off,” in the area of 175th Street and Dixie Highway, according to the police report. Police said the red Jeep he drove hit a curb as he drove east on 183rd Street. He was also charged with improper lane usage, failure to wear a seatbelt and driving with an expired driver’s license.

June 23: Joshua Kanuch, 28, of Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and driving without insurance, after he crashed his car into a light pole at Laraway Road and Cardinal Drive in New Lenox.

June 17: Jose Lopez, 37, of the 3100 block of Ainsline in Chicago, was charged with drunken driving, driving without insurance and driving without a valid driver's license. He was stopped on College Drive at 11:29 p.m. for swerving between lanes, police said. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .222, police said.

June 16:
Tomasz Budz, 34, of the 7300 block of 114th Street in Worth, was charged with driving under the influence. He was stopped at 9:45 p.m. for improper lane use, police said. He failed field sobriety tests, police said.


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Sara Waters July 02, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Ranger - then in 5 years they get released from prison, Get in a car and drive anyways. Yes in a perfect world idiots wouldn't do illegal things, but they do. It's not going to stop them. It might deter a few, but most it's unlikely. People feel driving a car is a right not the privilege it is
Sara Waters July 02, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I agree with Sells - in all my adult life 20 years now, I've never had a claim yet I've shelled out thousands in premiums. I think the good drivers should get rebates from the insurance carrier. Say if after 5 years you have no tickets or claims, give us $500 back. I'd be more likely to stay with a company. Now every couple of years I shop around. Just switched about 8 months ago, saved $90 a month on premiums, able to raise coverage and lower deductible too.
Sara Waters July 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Dave W - seat belts save lives.
SouthSide July 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
I'd like to see more people pulled over for not having their children in the back seat in a child safety seat. Be an a$$ and don't wear a seat belt if you like, but don't play Russian Roulette with your children!
hazelgreen July 02, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Unfortunately, I know of many many people that let their children sit in the front seat of a car when they are clearly not old enough. I constantly hear from my son, "but so and so sits in the front seat". Sorry kid, but too bad.

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