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Hit and Run Accident: Mokena Police Blotter

Incidents of assault, criminal damage to property and battery dominated the Mokena police blotter.

SATURDAY, FEB. 23

Hit and run accident nets DUI arrest

Gerald Verde, 62, of the 9900 block of W. Mokena Street, was charged with DUI, hit and run and driving too fast for conditions and improper lane use after an accident at 7:17 p.m. in a parking lot in the 19200 block of Everett Lane.

According to the report, a witness notified police that Verde had struck a fire hydrant, a couple trees and a wooden mailbox in the lot, causing heavy damage to the front of his vehicle. He left the scene after telephoning his wife to come pick him up.

Police tracked him down at his home and found him asleep in a bedroom. While being taken into custody, he reportedly began yelling at police and slammed his head against the rear shelf of the squad. He told police that he wanted an ambulance because he felt dizzy. However, he refused treatment when they arrived. The report said Verde became belligerent with paramedics. 

He later changed his mind about needing medical treatment and was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. There, police said, he was belligerent and two more times refused treatment.

Verde was taken to the Mokena Police Department, where he posted his driver's license and a $100 bond.

SUNDAY, FEB. 17

Assault and criminal damage to property

Michael Navratil, 29, of the 19600 block of 116th Ave., was charged with assault and criminal damage to property after kicking a woman's car and threatening her with violence. 

The two were in the 19700 block of Chelsea. He posted a $750 I-bond.

DUI and speeding in a construction zone

Nicholas Robinson, 30, Joliet, was stopped in the 11200 block of Route 30 after police clocked him going 60 mph in a 35 mph zone. Police said he smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test. He posted his drivers' license and $100. 

Bar fight ends in arrest

Joseph Macramé, 32, Blue Island, was charged with battery for reportedly attacking a man in the bathroom at a restaurant and bar along 191st Street.

According to the report, police were called to a fight in progress. When they arrived, one man was visibly injured. The victim and witnesses said Macramé had been argumentative and picking a fight with several other patrons during the evening. 

He posted a $750 I-Bond and was released.

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Police blotter information is provided by the Mokena Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

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