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Police Blotter: Drunken Driving and Walmart Retail Thefts

Evergreen Park Police reports: Jan. 31-Feb. 8

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8

Speeding, False Name

 saw a car break the speed limit, but the driver gave a fake name and date of birth. Jalissa M. Woodson, 20, of Chicago was charged with attempt at obstructing justice, reports said.

At 10:51 a.m., police saw Woodson traveling westbound on 95th street at Utica Avenue, driving 46 mph in a 30 mph zone. When the officer met with Woodson, she admitted she didn’t have a license or insurance, according to reports. She gave the officer a false name and several different dates of birth, reports said. Woodson's fingerprints revealed her true identity, police reports said.

Police also charged Woodson with speeding, no valid driver’s license, no proof of insurance and a defective cracked windshield.

MONDAY, FEB. 6

Police Spot Drunken Driving

Police say a car drifting between lanes had a drunken driver behind the wheel. At about 12:32 a.m., an officer saw Jorge Cervantes, 29, of Woodstock traveling eastbound on 87th Street at Richmond Avenue, according to reports. When the officer stopped the car in the 2700 block of 87th Street, Cervantes admitted that he had been drinking, according to police. Cervantes refused a field sobriety test. After he was taken into custody, he refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the station, police said. According to reports, Cervantes was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane usage, and making an improper turn.

SUNDAY, FEB. 5

Cell Phone Theft

Evergreen Park Police said Alejandro Vazquez, 34, of Chicago swiped a cell phone from Walmart, 2500 W. 95th St. while he had his two children with him. According to reports, at about 1:02 p.m., store security saw Vazquez take the $129.88 cell phone from its box and place it in his pants pocket. Police said he left the store without paying. 

SATURDAY, FEB. 4

Drunken Driving Charges

According to reports, Gerald T. Bastien, 26, of Chicago was charged with driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage.

Police said they stopped Bastein because he was driving 47 mph in a 30 mph zone at about 1:57 a.m. Police said they noticed a strong smell of alcohol on Bastein’s breath and that he had slurred speech. According to reports, Bastein admitted that he had been drinking alcohol that night. His eyes were red and glossy, police said and he did not pass any field sobriety tests. Police said that Bastein refused to take a Breathalyzer test. 

No Seatbelts Lead Cops to Pot

Police saw a car with people who weren’t wearing seatbelts, and found out that two of them had marijuana.

At about 12:14 p.m., police saw five people in a 2005 Chevrolet at 95th Street and Pulaski Avenue, with nobody wearing a seatbelt, according to reports. As they stopped the car on Pulaski Avenue, police said, officers saw the back seat passenger, Samuel Garay, Jr., 29, of Chicago, reaching under the front seat. According to reports, Garay said he was attempting to hide a bag of marijuana. Police charged Garay with unlawful possession of marijuana. Reports said Garay had 2.7 grams of marijuana. The driver, Annette Laboy, 35, of Chicago was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Police said she had 1.9 grams of marijuana.

During a search of the car, police found a dollar bill that had marijuana folded into it, under the back seat floor board, reports said. Police also found a steel container filled with marijuana in Laboy’s purse, according to reports. No contraband was located on any of the other passengers, police said. 

FRIDAY, FEB. 3

Drug Arrest

After seeing a car with expired registration plates, police later accused the driver and passenger of possessing drug paraphernalia. Police charged Shane L. Chaney, 24, of Roselle with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Reports said he had a steel pipe and two multi-colored glass pipes. Additionally, police said Chaney had a suspended and expired driver’s license, and had marijuana in a cigarette.

Pavol Gabor, 21, of Justice, was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said he had a red steel pipe.

Do You Have the Time?

Police arrested Deandre G. Erskin, 18, of Chicago and charged him with retail theft. According to reports, at about 7:53 p.m., store security saw Erskin take a Playstation 3 wireless controller from its package and put in his inside jacket pocket, reports said. According to police, Erskin also put four watches in his jacket pocket. 

THURSDAY, FEB. 2

Walmart Theft

According to reports, police arrested a woman after Walmart store security told them she took several items from the store. Barbara J. Wright, 49, of Chicago, was charged with retail theft. Officers said Wright hid 11 items totaling $78.31 in her purse. According to reports,  at about 12:21 p.m., Wright left the store without paying and was detained by store security, who recovered all the items.

TUESDAY, JAN. 31

Cops Charge Man with Intent to Deliver

Michael J. King, 25, of Evergreen Park, was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Reports said King had 233.3 grams of marijuana.

Police said they received an anonymous complaint that King had large amounts of marijuana in his basement. Based on the information, the officers conducted a search warrant on his residence in the 3100 block of 91st Street at about 11:09 p.m., police said.

The officers found a black gym bag in the basement containing a large glass jar that had nine plastic bags inside with marijuana, according to police. Officers also found a small glass jar in the same area that also had marijuana in it, police said. All substances field tested positive for marijuana, police said.

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