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South Suburban DUI Arrests, March 18

Whether you're quaffing Busch Light beer or sipping Paul Masson brandy, drinking while driving is never a good idea. Patch's roundup of the latest drunken driving arrests in the Chicago Southland.

March 11: Kenneth Helmick, 28, of the 0-100 block of Finch Lane in Beecher was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, improper lane use, speeding and failure to signal. Police said they stopped Helmick’s car at Holbrook Road and Halsted Street around 10:30 p.m. going 75 in a 45 mph zone, driving in both southbound lanes. He was arrested after failing field sobriety test and for refusing to take a Breathalyzer exam, according to the report.

March 5: Gemal Y. Mohamed, 31, of the 9100 block of Falcon Ridge Drive in Bridgeview was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane usage and no insurance. Police said Mohamed failed field sobriety tests after they stopped his car near Halsted Street and Bowling Green Drive around 2 a.m. for drifting between lanes.

March 5: Michael Johnson, 59, of the 18200 block of Hood Avenue in Homewood was charged with DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Police said Johnson was involved in an accident in the 17900 block of Halsted Street around 7 p.m. and failed field sobriety tests. One bottle of Paul Masson brandy was confiscated from his car, according to the report.

March 2: Police pulled over a car after watching it follow another car closely, with about 15 feet between the two, and was braking frequently, around 12:30 a.m. near Circle Drive and 135th Street. The driver said she had no reason for following closely and apologized, police said. The officer smelled alcohol on her breath and she agreed to take a Breathalyzer test after trying field sobriety tests, police said. Amanda C, Canty, 34, of the 11100 block of Moraine Drive in Palos Hills, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 and following too closely.

March 2: Police pulled over a car after seeing it drive through a red light in the 15100 block of LaGrange Road around 2:20 a.m. The officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath and inside the vehicle, according to the report. The driver failed field sobriety tests and took a Breathalyzer test, police said. Otisha S. Luckey, 24, of the first block of Kingery Quarters in Hinsdale, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 and disobeying a traffic signal.

March 10: Police arrested Hasan Veljacic, 51, of the 4600 block of Minnesota Avenue in Blue Island around 12:15 a.m. near the intersection of 159th Street and Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park. Veljacic told police he'd been drinking after they noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and watery and smelled alcohol on his breath, the report said. He told officers he was coming from a family party in Chicago and thought he was still in the city when he was pulled over, the report said. Police said he failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. Police said he blew a .156 on the Breathalyzer.

March 10: Police arrested an 18-year-old man, saying he was cruising around Tinley in a red Toyota, making his way through a case of Busch Light. When officers pulled over Kevin Quigley, 19, of the 8300 block of Brickstone Drive in Frankfort, they found an open case of Busch Light in the car and two open cans of Busch light in the front seat cup holders, according to the report. They stopped him around 2:10 a.m. while he was driving north in the 17300 block of Harlem Avenue. Police said Quigley told them he drank five or six beers before getting behind the wheel. His breath smelled like alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glossy, they said. While being taken to the station, he told police, "I'm drunk. You got me," according to the report. He was charged with improper lane use, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, illegal transportation of alcohol, failure to wear a seat belt, driving with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 and driving without a driver's license on his person. Bail was set at $3,000.

Feb. 21: Henry J. Miller, 26, of Evergeen Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. According to reports, police responded to a call that a crash had just happened at 99th Street and Turner Avenue at about 1:36 a.m. Police said Miller, the driver, claimed that he lost control of his car on the ice and struck a parked car. The officer noticed that Miller had bloodshot eyes, smelled of alcohol and swayed as he stood in the street, police said. According to reports, Miller refused a Breathalyzer test. Police also charged Miller with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

Feb. 18: When Evergreen Park cops ran a random license plate check at 95th Street and Western Avenue, they found that the driver was wanted after he failed to appear for a DUI in Lake County, IN, according to reports.  Police arrested James T. Richert, 56, of Chicago at 1:18 p.m. and found that he also smelled like alcohol and had slurred speech, according to police. Reports said Richert failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the station. Police charged Richert with driving under the influence of alcohol.

March 3: A part-time village inspector was charged with driving under the influence after his car was observed swerving into the opposite lane on March 3, an  report said. John T. Hickey, 43, of the 5400 block of West Otto Place, was charged with driving under the influence and other traffic violations.  Hickey is employed as a part-time building inspector. Hickey was pulled over while turning right on to 99th Place, where he came to a stop in front of a driveway on the 5500 block. The report said that Hickey stared at the officer when asked for his driver’s license and proof of insurance. Asked if he had been drinking, Hickey allegedly responded, “a couple of beers.” Police said that Hickey attempted to recite the alphabet twice during field sobriety tests and in his second attempt, stopped at the letter “W.” .

March 10: Laura Kolloway, 21, of the 7800 block of Joliet Drive North in Tinley Park was charged with driving under the influence and improper lane usage. Police said they smelled alcohol on Kolloway’s breath after stopping her car in the 11900 block of Harlem Avenue around 1:30 a.m. for drifting between lanes. She was arrested after failing field sobriety tests and a breath test, according to the report.

March 3: Robert E. Jolly, 28, of the 7300 block of Mathews Driver in Mokena was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane usage and operation of uninsured motor vehicle. Police said they stopped Jolly’s car in the 10300 block of 191st Street around 3 a.m. for swerving between lanes, nearly striking a concrete curb. He was arrested after failing field sobriety tests and refusing to take a breath test, according to the report.

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.

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Tell Us in the Comments: How many St. Patrick's Day-related DUIs do you predict we'll see from Saturday night and Sunday morning?


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