All in the matter of hours, a Frankfort man was arrested twice in Mokena on Dec. 16 and slapped with 13 offenses related to drunken driving, fighting and destruction of police property.
Police said they stopped a car in the 19900 block of LaGrange Road at 1:20 a.m. for squealing tires during a turn and swerving between lanes. Officers smelled alcohol, according to the report, and asked the driver if they knew why they stopped him—to which he replied, “Yeah, I was kind of all over the road.”
Matthew M. Warner, 45, of the 21300 block of Windy Hill Drive in Frankfort, was arrested, police said, after failing field sobriety tests and telling police he had mixed as many as five beers with unknown painkillers before getting behind the wheel.
On the way to the station, according to Mokena police, Warner made unsolicited remarks to officers, including: “All I do is have a few beers and then you guys can violate my civil rights, huh?” and “Is there anything you can do to help me out? I work for Frankfort just like you guys.”
His mood fluctuated between irate and uncooperative, police said, and he threatened to use his car in the future to ram squad cars if they didn’t let him go.
Warner was charged with driving under the influence, operation of uninsured motor vehicle, failure to signal, failure to yield to audible signal, failure to wear seat belt and two counts of improper lane usage.
He was also charged with two counts of failure to notify secretary of state change of address. But that wasn’t all.
After police refused to hand over the man's keys, an officer drove Warner to the Speedway gas station at Route 30 and Wolf Road to be picked up by a friend, according to police. Police said it took the threat of a Taser to get him to leave the police station.
After Warner got out of the squad car, a police officer felt his car shake, and he soon discovered a missing antenna. Police said Warner shoved the arresting officer in the chest and the two wrestled to the ground until backup arrived.
Warner was also charged with felony criminal damage to state-supported property, aggravated battery, resisting a peace officer and theft.