South Suburban DUI Arrests, May 13
A self-proclaimed 'pimp,' hit and run, keyboard smashing and the usual lineup of stumbling, sleepy drivers and angry arrestees in this week's roundup of Southland drunken driving arrests.
May 6: Peter Adamski, 27, of the 13600 block of Dublin Road in Homer Glen, was charged with drunken driving and criminal damage to property. He was observed driving 76 mph in a 40 mph zone and was following several cars too closely, police said. He failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest, police said. During booking he hit a computer keyboard and damaged it, police said.
May 5: Rytis Razanauskas, 32, of the 15300 block of Nicole Court, was charged with drunken driving and improper standing in a roadway. His car was parked on Southwest Highway and College Drive at 8:30 p.m. and he was found passed out inside, police said. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .202, police said.
April 30: Justin Weiss, 35, of the 11500 block of Joalyce Drive in Alsip, was charged with drunken driving, driving without insurance and failure to wear a seat belt. He was stopped at 1:42 a.m. in the 12200 block of Harlem Avenue for not wearing a seat belt, police said. He failed field sobriety tests, police said.
April 30: William Erickson, 36, of the 11500 block of Natchez in Worth, was charged with drunken driving and driving on a suspended license. He was stopped at 2:31 a.m. in the 11900 block of Harlem Avenue for speeding, police said. He failed field sobriety tests, police said.
April 24: Police signaled for a car to pull over after seeing it disobey a traffic signal while driving east on 159th Street at 88th Avenue, and it stopped on the center line in the 7300 block of 159th Street around 12:45 a.m. The officer suggested the driver move to the Home Depot parking lot because of its safety compared to the median strip, according to the report. Once in the parking lot, the officer noticed the driver’s breath smelled like alcohol, his speech was slurred and he appeared lethargic, police said. The driver said he drove through the traffic light because he wasn’t paying attention, according to the report. The driver failed field sobriety tests, police said. Christopher B. Smith, 23, of the 10700 block of Harlem Avenue in Worth, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 and disobeying a traffic light.
April 15: Police were called about a black Honda vehicle swerving all over the road, and found the vehicle driving north on Harlem Avenue at 151st Street around 3:25 p.m. The officer pulled over the vehicle after seeing it nearly hit a curb while swerving to the right, crossing over a lane marker and taking a wide left turn, according to the report. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol, he slurred his speech while talking and appeared disorientated, police said. The officer saw an open can of Miller Light in the back seat, and later found three unopened cans of beer and two bottles of brandy inside the car, according to the report. The driver failed field sobriety tests, police said. While he was being processed, the driver banged his head against a metal table, and swore he would name the arresting officers in a suicide note, according to the report. He was then taken to Palos Community Hospital, police said. Won K. Kim, 31, of the 8900 block of Sunrise Lane in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper turning, improper lane use and illegal transportation of alcohol.
May 6: James W. Koclanis, 26, 15308 Cherry Lane, Oak Forest, was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving on the wrong side of the road, failing to wear a seat belt and driving under the influence of alcohol. Police were called to a crash early that morning. A Ford van had struck a parked car. The driver of the van was found unconscious but breathing. One officer woke the driver, Koclanis, and questioned him. He initially refused treatment but was later taken to Palos Community Hospital.
May 5: John W. Kelleher, 42, of the 19900 block of S. Mallory Drive in Frankfort, was charged with driving under the influence. Around 8 p.m., Mokena Police stopped Kelleher at the intersection of Old LaGrange Road and Hickory Creek Drive, after watching Kelleher exit Stoney Point Grill & Bar in a stumbling fashion, failing to signal as he left the parking lot and turned eastbound in the westbound lanes of Hickory Lane. During the traffic stop, officers noted a strong odor of alcohol and asked him to submit to standard field sobriety tests, which Kelleher refused. Officers then arrested Kelleher on suspicion of DUI and took him to the Mokena Police Department. While driving to the department, Kelleher began badgering officers, saying that he was being “assaulted,” and questioning if officers were going to, “beat [him] up.” At the station, Kelleher continued to refuse to cooperate with officers and told officers that, “I'm a pimp,” when questioned about his occupation.
May 5: Deanna M. Alfredson, 21, of the 7800 block of West Laurel Drive, was charged with driving under the influence and improper lane use after a traffic stop in the 20100 block of LaGrange Road.
May 7: John Barnett, 48, of 2620 Gordon Drive in Flossmoor, was charged with assault and driving under the influence of alcohol. Barnett allegedly brandished a tire iron and threatened a motorist who yelled at him for throwing a beer bottle from his car window as they drove separate vehicles on Governor’s Highway near Flossmoor Road. The victim told police he fled when Barnett got out of his vehicle with a lug wrench and said, “I’m gonna kick your [expletive].” Police arrested Barnett a short time later in front of his home, where he admitted he threatened the man. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol concentration of .171.
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