Police Blotter: Cops Catch Two After Alleged Hit-and-Run

Evergreen Park police reports, July 14–19


Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Charge

After police saw a man make a traffic violation, they later found out he was driving on a revoked license, reports said. According to police, Melchor Rodriguez, 39, of Chicago was charged with felony driving while license revoked. Police said Rodriguez’s license was previously revoked for a charge of driving under the influence.

According to reports, at about 4:16 p.m., police saw Rodriguez speeding in a Ford Explorer with an illegal front plate cover. He drove in between lines just before police stopped him, reports said. According to police, Rodriguez admitted to having no insurance and had three prior convictions for driving under the influence. Police charged Rodriguez with felony driving while license revoked, improper lane usage, illegal registration plate cover, speeding, no valid insurance.


Walmart Retail Theft

Marlene Y. Hitchcock, 30, of Chicago was charged with retail theft. Police said she took five clothing items valued at $87 from Walmart, 2500 W. 95th Street.  According to reports, at around 3:42 p.m. Hitchcock put the merchandise in her purse and walked off.


Cops Catch Burglary Suspect

Robert J. Mounts, 19, of Lions, was charged with felony burglary. According to reports, Mounts and another person broke into a home on the 9200 block of Clifton Park Avenue through an unlocked door. Evergreen Park Police said while the two were in the home, they found a key to a gun cabinet and removed two guns and two rifles. After alerting other authorities, police later found Mounts in Brookfield with two of the guns and ammunition, reports said.


Cops Catch Two After Alleged Hit-and-Run

Evergreen Park Police said a concerned citizen flagged them down at about 2:13 a.m. after seeing a hit-and-run near 98th Place and Washtenaw Avenue. According to reports, the resident told police that a car had side-swiped a parked car in the 2700 block of 97th Place. Police arrived on the scene to see the driver of the vehicle, Priscilla A. Baker, 18, of Evergreen Park, get out of the car and run into a house on the block, police said. According to reports, Baker had slurred speech and used a lot of profanity. After searching Baker’s vehicle, police saw bottles of alcohol and a case of open beer in the back seat of the vehicle. After being taken into custody, police said Baker refused a breathalyzer test, and spat on a police officer after tussling with him.

Meanwhile, police saw the car passenger, Cody Zimmerman, 20, of Evergreen Park, bending over near the passenger seat, then throw a bottle out of the car. Zimmerman attempted to get out of the car and walk away, police said, and resist arrest.

Police charged baker with battery, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, no insurance and no driver’s license.

Zimmerman was charged with two counts of resisting a peace officer.


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