South Suburban DUI Arrests, Dec. 8

A driver used a karate kick on a cop during a traffic stop in Orland Park. Find out what happened with that and other recent DUI reports from around the Southland.


Nov. 2: A woman is accused of driving drunk and kicking a police officer while she was taken into custody, according to an Orland Park police report.

Jennifer L. Borne, 39, of the 16200 block of Apple Parkway in Tinley Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, battery, resisting a peace officer, driving an uninsured vehicle, improper lane use and improper turning.

Police pulled over a car after seeing it nearly strike the outside curb lane while turning left, and then swerving into the left lane and back into the right lane, as well as driving 50 mph in a 40 mph zone, in the 8800 block of 159th Street around 4:10 a.m.

Borne, the driver, had to use the car door to steady herself while exiting her car, her breath smelled like alcohol and she didn’t have an insurance card on her, according to the report.

Borne failed field sobriety tests, and she pulled her hands away when an officer tried to handcuff her, police said. She pushed and pulled to get away from officers as they put her into a squad car and tried kicking at the officers, police said.

Once at the police station, Borne again kicked at the officers as they were taking her out of the car, and struck one officer in the shin, police said.

An officer had to hold her still by the shoulder before she calmed down, according to the report.

Nov. 1: An Orland Park man is facing drunk driving charges after police saw him swerving between lanes, as did witnesses, according to an Orland Park police report.

Patrick J. Sweeney, 76 of the 13900 block of 88th Avenue in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving an uninsured vehicle and improper lane use.

Police were called about a black SUV “driving all over the roadway” at 143rd Street and LaGrange Road around 8:15 p.m. Witnesses said the SUV was changing lanes without signaling and swerving, while nearby cars honked at the vehicle to alert the driver, according to the report. Police then saw the SUV turn north on 88th Avenue from 143rd Street and pulled it over.

Sweeney, the driver, took several minutes to find his driver’s license, couldn’t find proof of insurance, slurred and mumbled while talking and his breath smelled like alcohol, police said.

Sweeney staggered and stumbled while walking toward the rear of the SUV, and an officer had to catch him to keep him from falling, police said. He then failed other field sobriety tests and refused to take a Breathalyzer test.


Nov. 30: A driver would fled a crash on foot by crossing a nearby field is accused of drunken driving.

Vincent A. Kasley, 46, of the 6600 block of West 183rd Street, Tinley Park, driving under the influence of alcohol, disobeying a traffic signal, failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash and leaving the scene of a crash, according to a Tinley Park police report.

Police were called at about 7:24 p.m. to the parking lot of Culver's, 18248 Sayre Ave., for a report of a car crash, the report states. By the time police arrived, the driver had run away.

An officer found the driver, Kasley, walking through a field near the 18200 block of Sayre Avenue, the report states. He tried to dart between two fences but police were able to grab him.

Kasley spontaneously uttered to cops that he had made a mistake and he had been drinking at a bar, the report states.

A witness told police that Kasley's BMW was swerving in traffic and made a wide turn into Culver's parking lot before driving through bushes, over concrete medians and a tree. He then drove across the parking lot and, eventually, bottomed out.

Kasley was arrested and charged after failing sobriety tests, the report states. He refused to take a breath test.

Nov. 26: A cop checking drivers for seat belts arrested an Orland Park man after he refused to take any tests during a drunken driving stop.

Casey J. Banks, 30, of the 15100 block of Card Court, Orland Park, was charged with drunken driving and failing to wear a seat belt, according to a Tinley Park police report.

A Tinley Park cop was working a seat belt detail near the intersection of 159th Street and 84th Avenue when, at about 12:20 a.m., when Jeep drove by, the report states. The driver, Banks, was not wearing a seat belt and, after turning his head, reached for the belt.

Police pulled the Jeep over and spoke with the driver, the report states. The cop could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside and on his breath.

The officer asked Banks questions but was unable to decipher his mumbled responses, the report states. He claimed he hadn't been drinking and didn't responded to more questions asked by police. Casey also refused to take any tests, saying he wanted an attorney even though he hadn't yet been arrested.

Police took Banks into custody and drove him to the police department for booking, the report states. He refused to take a breath test and initially was uncooperative with police during processing.


Nov. 30: William Svitak, 28, of the 5700 block of W. 128th St. in Crestwood, was charged with drunken driving. He was stopped at 2:35 a.m. after going through a red light at the intersection of 124th Street and Ridgeland, police said. He failed sobriety tests at the scene and a breath test later revealed a blood alcohol level of .225, more than three times the legal limit, police said.

Nov. 30: Daniel Sechrist, 23, of Peotone, was charged with drunken driving after police say he was stopped at 3:29 a.m. in the 12700 block of Ridgeland Ave. for going over a lane line, police said. He failed a field sobriety test and a breath test showed a blood alcohol level of .233, police said.

Nov. 26: David Hickey, 38, of the 13100 block of Forest Ridge Dr., was charged with drunken driving. Around 7:35 p.m. officers responded to a one-car crash on the 7000 block W. 127th St., police said. Hickey failed field sobriety tests and was also charged with not having valid insurance, police said.


Dec. 1: A Wisconsin driver who burped during a traffic stop faces a drunken driving charge.

John F. O'Connor, 51, of the 400 block of West Geneva, Williams Bay, WI, was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane use and driving with a revoked license, according to an Oak Forest police report.

Police spotted a black 2002 Ford Explorer with Wisconsin plates strike a curb at about 12:50 p.m. on 155th Street, the report states. The SUV swerved in the road before striking a corner. Police pulled it over and spoke with the driver, O'Connor.

The officer was able to smell an odor of alcohol when O'Connorr asked "Why did you pull me over?" the report states. Through slurred speech, the driver explained that he had come from an Oak Forest bar where he had "6 or 7 beers." It was at that point O'Connor belched and police were again able to smell the alcohol.

O'Connor had trouble standing when police asked him to get out of the car, the report states. Cops showed the driver how to take field sobriety tests. After his attempts, police took O'Connor into custody.

After he was taken to the Oak Forest Police Department for booking, O'Connor was offered and refused to take a breath test, the report states.


Nov. 27: Jason Daniel, 27, of 340 Hickory St. in Chicago Heights was pulled over shortly before 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of LaGrance and LaPorte roads. Daniel was charged with possession of cannabis, driving under the influence and improper lane usage. He was released on bond.

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