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South Suburban DUI Arrests, June 17

Drunken driver thinks he's in California, intern name-drops in attempt to skirt law, driver can't count: the weekly roundup of DUI arrests in the Southland.

June 2: Carol C. Crotty, 51, of the 8600 block of Shagbark Court in Orland Park, was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, improper turning and improper lane use. Police pulled Crotty over after seeing her vehicle make a wide turn and cross over the center line on Orlan Brook Drive, south of 151st Street around 10:45 p.m. The driver’s speech was slurred, her breath smelled like alcohol and she said a cut nerve gave her the slurred speech, police said. Once in custody, she yelled and cursed at officers all the way back to the station, police said. Once there, officers, found that she her driving privileges were revoked, according to the report. 

June 2: Police pulled over a truck for speeding, crossing over lane lines and nearly hitting other cars near 131st Street and LaGrange Road, around 12:25 a.m. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol and he failed field sobriety tests, according to the report. The officer found two pipes in the truck with marijuana residue on them, police said. Frederick T. Aguinaga, 29, of the 5200 block of 88th Street in Oak Lawn, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, improper lane use, and following too closely.

May 30:
Police pulled over a car for driving 60 mph in 40 mph zone in the 13700 block of 82nd Avenue around 11:40 p.m.  The driver answered questions slowly, his breath smelled like alcohol and he failed field sobriety tests, police said. Matthew D. Cmunt, 46, of the 8400 block of Westberry Lane in Tinley Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 and speeding.

May 26:
Police pulled over a car for speeding and crossing over the center line in the 8000 block of 159th Street around 2:40 a.m. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol and he initially refused to exit the vehicle, saying he was an intern at the Will County Sheriff’s Office, according to the report. Once he got out of the car, he refused to take field sobriety tests, police said.  Erik A. Swedo, 24, of the 5500 block of Parkview Court in Crestwood, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, improper lane use and driving an uninsured vehicle.

May 24:
Police pulled over a white van after seeing it drive over a curb, before crossing a lane line and almost hitting an oncoming car, near 151st Street and Primrose Lane, around 9:20 p.m. The driver’s lip was bleeding and he said the female passenger had struck him, police said. His breath smelled like alcohol, he admitted to drinking and the passenger admitted to hitting him, police said. The driver failed field sobriety tests, and police found an open bottle of wine in the car, according to the report. While en route to the police station, the man hit his head against the squad car’s window and later accused the officer of striking him, police said. Jesse R. Arellano, 33, of the 1200 block of Scoville Avenue in Berwyn, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use and illegal transportation of alcohol. Beatriz L. Magallon-Ayala, 30 of the 1200 block of Scoville Avenue in Berwyn, was charged with domestic battery.

June 4: Tinley Park police said they were first clued in to the notion that a driver they pulled over earlier this month was intoxicated when he handing them a CD and stack of papers after being asked for his license and insurance. Prandle McCorkle, 53, of the 8400 block of Sangamon Street in Chicago, reportedly told officers he was coming back from a party in the city where he had "a mix" of alcohol. McCorkle was disoriented, officers said, and thought he was in Chicago while pulled over near the intersection of 167th Street and Beverly in Tinley Park. Officers first started following McCorkle shortly after midnight June 4 when they saw him swerving and braking abruptly in his 2002 Buick Regal, according to the report. They said that when they asked him for his identifcation and insurance information, he reached into the glove box and handed over a cluster of papers and a music CD. 

McCorkle failed field sobriety tests, police said. When asked to count down from 27 to 10, he nodded his head and said, "10, 15, 9 …" police said. He was taken to the station where he slouched over in the cell and slept on and off during processing, the report stated. He also blew a .324 on the Breathalyzer, according to the report. He was charged with driving a vehicle with one head lamp, driving a vehicle with no rear registration light, improper lane use, improper backing, operating on an uninsured motor vehicle, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 and driving under the influence of alcohol. His bail was set at $1,000.


May 20:
After police clocked a woman around 3:30 a.m. driving 68 mph in a 40 mph zone on Harlem Avenue, they pulled her over. They said that when they walked up to her 2009 Kia, Olivia R. Canas was hunched over the wheel. They asked her if she was OK, they said, and she said "yes," but had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. Canas, of the 11600 block of Pineview Drive in Orland Park, reportedly failed field sobriety tests. She later blew a .241 on the Breathalyzer, officers said. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08, speeding and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.

May 15:
Federico V. Garcia, 34, of the 13900 block of Walter Drive in Crestwood, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. in the 16100 block of Harlem Avenue in . He was charged with improper lane use, driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of open alcohol and driving without a valid driver's license.

June 11: Mark Tulowitzki, 27, of the 300 block of Shabbona Drive in Park Forest, was arrested for driving under the influence and improper lane usage after a traffic stop near the intersection of South 93rd Avenue and West Lincoln Highway, according to the Will County Sheriff's Office. He was booked in to the Will County Jail and was released on bond.

June 9: Michael C. Valentino, 43, of the 9500 block of Minnick Avenue in Oak Lawn, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI with a blood-alcohol content higher than .08, improper lane use, speeding, failure to signal and following too closely after a traffic stop in the 20100 block of LaGrange Road, according to a Frankfort Police report. Valentino was released on bond, and his next court date is July 6.

June 3:
Susan A. Swanson, 53, of the 11200 block of South LeClaire Avenue in Alsip, was charged with driving under the influence, aggravated DUI for past violations, improper lane use and possession of marijuana in a traffic stop in the 22800 block of LaGrange Road. She was booked in to Will County Jail and released on bond.

June 3:
Jose Luis Moreno, 27, of the 700 block of North Hickory Street in Joliet, was charged with driving under the influence, illegal transportation of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, improper lane use and failure to signal after a traffic stop in the 9600 block of Lincoln Highway. Moreno was released on bond, and his next court date is July 5.

June 2: John P. Trotier, 30, of the first block of East 34th Street in Steger, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police found him asleep, slumped over the steering wheel of a pickup truck with the engine running and the brake lights on, according to the report. After police were unable to wake Trotier, they put the car in park and removed the keys from the ignition. After finally waking Trotier, police asked him if he knew what town he was, to which he replied "California," according to the report. Police asked Trotier if he had a medical condition, to which he replied "Nope, I'm just (expletive) up," according to the report. A Breathalyzer revealed Trotier to be at nearly three times the legal limit for blood-alcohol content, police said.

June 3: 
Christina B. Garza, 27, of the 800 block of South 4th Avenue in Kankakee, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped her just after 3 a.m. for swerving into the curb on Ashland Avenue, according to the report. Police asked Garza if she had been drinking, to which she responded, "Yeah, but not since 5," according to police. As police were having Garza complete field sobriety tests, her passenger, Melissa V. Aguilar, 25, of the 100 block of East 24th Street, told police the vehicle belonged to her and asked them to stop conducting the tests. When police said they could not, Aguilar then became irate and shouted obscenities at them, according to the report. When police asked Aguilar to exit the vehicle, she refused and continued to shout obscenities. Aguilar was taken into custody and charged with obstructing a peace officer, police said. 

June 9: Jose Nevarez, 27, of the 11700 block of Cranna Court in Orland Park, was charged with drunken driving. Police say he was stopped at 3:52 a.m. for speeding. He failed field sobriety tests, police said.  

June 9: 
Justin Helfert, 29, of the 13100 block of Timber Court, was charged with drunken driving. He was involved in a traffic accident where he hit a parked car at 2:56 a.m., police said. 


May 20: Police charged Ryne M. Duleba, 26, of the 7800 block of South Kenneth Ave., with driving under the influence after his car was clocked going 45mph in a 35mph-speed zone near Cicero Avenue and Southwest Highway, around 1:23 a.m. Duleba, driving a Ford, sounded his horn at another car that turned into Denny’s and was swerving within the lanes, police said. Police hurried to stop the car near 88th Street where they said Duleba hit the curb parking his car. Duleba moved his hands “slowly and deliberately” as he located his wallet, officers said. Duleba allegedly told the cops that he was driving home from an Oak Lawn bar. Detecting slurred speech, glassy eyes and a strong odor of alcohol, police asked if he had been drinking, reports said. Responding that he had been, police asked him how much, Duleba responded, “too much,” police said. As the officer explained the one-leg, Duleba told them, “I already know I’m going to fail,” police said. Before taking the preliminary Breathlyzer test, Duleba warned police “I already know I’m going to fail.” Police said Duleba blew a .223 but would not take the test at the police station “for the record.” 

Police report information is provided by local police departments. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions 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.

Dianna June 17, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I don't drink, but if I did my guess is just knowing my "incident" would be vividly recalled on The Patch would be an excellent "think twice" moment. I love it. And I bet there are plenty of women who are thinking "phew, it's not my name !"
Kathy Quilty June 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I can't believe how many people still drink and drive. Luckily, I am not a drinker and I am always the designated driver. You would think that in this day, people would understand the consequences of drinking & driving.
Titan Dad June 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
whats the deal with the charges, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving over the legal limit both being charged? if i have one beer and i blow below the limit they can still charge me? im strongly against drunk driving but i dont get the way this is written in these arrests.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) June 17, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Good question Beav. Those are two separate charges in police reports. It comes down to the Breathalyzer and what it reads. You can still be charged with DUI even if you are under the .08 legal limit, but if you are above that's an additional charge.
Titan Dad June 18, 2012 at 02:43 AM
more the reason to just stay home.
ramon1280 June 18, 2012 at 04:29 PM
You can be charged with driving under the influence when your BAC is between .05% and .08%. In this case, the police would have to show that you were impaired enough to warrant being convicted. So something like causing an accident, running a red light, jumping a curb, etc would be used as proof. If the BAC is .08 or greater, that is grounds essentially for an automatic conviction. The two are separated because there are certain circumstances where a breathalyzer test can be invalidated, so the driving under the influence statute is a fallback.
tom June 20, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Kathy relax, for many of us 10-12 beers improve our driving skills. You should try it.
fakerealtor June 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
too many people drive drunk.
Darnell June 20, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Simple,,DON'T BLOW!!! I would NEVER drink and drive,,,,I might spill my drink! Seriously,,if they truly wanted to curb driving under the influence,, stop the sale of alcohol in bars and in gas stations / convenient stores! Stop the sale of pints, half pints and airplane bottles at the likes of a Shell gas station. Beer also! That would put a dent in it. The system creates the atmosphere for it to propagate, reaps the financial plus of the problems it causes and then denounces it publicly. A classic example of talking out of the both side of the mouth! The same is being done with gambling and casino's!
Michael M. June 20, 2012 at 09:29 PM
It is not the drinkers fault, it is the sale of alcohol that is the fault. Get a grip David. I bet you think that guns kill people, not the person using the gun.
maura June 20, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I agree. Too many people are being busted for DUI's!
Darnell June 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM
@ Michael,,obviously you have been imbibing as you have TOTALLY missed the point of my post!
tmarc75 July 09, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Can't even drink and drive without being inconvenienced by the police these days. What is the world coming to?

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