South Suburban DUI Arrests, Sept. 9

Wrong-way driver, drinking on the links, retail theft-DUI double whammy and more in this week's roundup of Southland drunken driving arrests.

AUG. 30: Kevin C. Snell, 47, of the 18700 block of East Salem Court in Lansing, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him for traveling north in the southbound lane of Halsted Street, according to the report. Asked if he had been drinking, Snell told police he had one beer within the previous 30 minutes. Asked to exit his vehicle, Snell dropped a pile of cards on his lap and outside the vehicle, police said. After taking field sobriety tests, Snell was taken into custody. He was also charged with improper lane usage, no proof of insurance and having an alcohol concentration above .08, according to the report. 

AUG. 26: Mark A Pallanti, 48, of the 600 block of Sangamon in Chicago Heights, was arrested at 26th Street and East End Avenue and charged with Retail Theft (from Jewel), driving under the influence of alcohol, having a blood alcohol content level over .08 and driving without insurance, according to the report.

AUG. 29: Robert Matthews, 49, of the 8800 block of Rockwell, was charged with driving under the influence. He was stopped at 2:08 a.m. at 103rd Street and Sawyer Avenue because his license plate light was not lit, police said. He failed a field sobriety test and a breath test resulted in a .208, police said. 

AUG. 28: Johnnie Windham, 40, of the 8500 block of South Elizabeth in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence. His car was facing south in the northbound lane of 93rd Street and Pulaski Road at 12:30 a.m., police said. Windham was behind the window and asleep with his foot on the break and a bottle of beer in the car, police said. He could not stand and was unable to engage in field sobriety tests, police said. He refused a breath test. 

AUG. 31: Police arrested Matthew Lee Goodman, of the 2300 block of 10000 North Street, Manteno, for driving under the influence after stopping him in the 16200 block of S. Cicero Ave. Police stopped Goodman after clocking him at 52 mph in a 25 mph zone. During the stop, officers noticed an open Coors Lite can sitting in the cupholder of his car, which his passenger claimed. Goodman submitted to standard field sobriety tests, which he could not complete and was taken into custody. Goodman was taken to the Oak Forest Police Department, where he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, no insurance, speeding over posted limit and violation of vehicle impound. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 12.

AUG. 30: Police arrested Michael L. Davis, of the 500 block of Des Plaines Avenue, Forest Park, for driving under the influence of alcohol after a traffic stop in the 15800 block of Cicero Ave. Davis was involved in a accident, which police responded to.

At the accident, officers found a partially full half-pint of New Amsterdam Gin on the passenger floorboard of Davis' car. Davis submitted to field sobriety tests, although he was unable to complete them. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and submitted to blood and urine testing while there. After treatment, Davis was taken into custody and charged with DUI, illegal transportation of open alcohol, and driving without insurance. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 12.

AUG. 25: Dirk Ferguson, 34, of the 200 block of Ladder Branch Road in Combs, KY, was charged with possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failing to wear a seatbelt and two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a police report. Ferguson's vehicle was stopped in a "seatbelt enforcement zone." Police said he showed signs of possible impairment and that they could smell an odor of burnt cannabis. Ferguson also performed field sobriety tests. He was arrested, charged and given a $3,000 bond.

AUG. 20: Jorge L. Romero, 20, of the 15800 block of Orland Brook Drive in Orland Park, was arrested around 4:40 p.m. near the intersection of 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park. He was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor, improper lane use, failure to signal when required, driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver's license and driving without wearing a seat belt. 

AUG. 20: A woman who told police she'd had a few beers while golfing was accused around 9:30 p.m. of driving under the influence. Police came across Katie C. Bickham, 31, of the 17200 block of South Valley Drive in Tinley Park, while investigating an accident near the intersection of 173rd Street and Oak Park Avenue, they said. While investigating, the officer detected alcohol on Bickham's breath, according to reports. 

Bickham reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody. At the station, she blew a .213 on the Breathalyzer, according to the report.

"Suspect requested to use the phone to call her attorney … for a ride home," the report said. "After the phone conversation, (an officer) asked if he was coming for her and suspect advised that he was at the golf course with her and also had too much to drink so he was not able to come to the station."

Bickham was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08.


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.

Larry September 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
When it comes to peoples live's do to either drugs or drinking and driving I am for drug testing,people need to be responsible for their actions.Saving lives through testing is un-American?It is not a given that you or I have a license,it is a privalige! How many wrong way drivers have entered highways the WRONG WAY and have KILLED INNOCENT MOTORIST?? By the way down in Florida Drug testing is already being done for people on WELFARE,if you test Positive you do-not receive Welfare for 3-years!!! Guess What ,Guess Where the one's that tested positive are headed to???? ILLINOIS!!!
Larry September 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Lauren I do not appreciate the MOKENA RESIDENT referring to me as being an Idiot.People need to refrain from name calling!!! Larry Rizzo
Gary Watts September 10, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Where is your proof that there is a mass exodus of drug users from Florida coming to Illinois? Sounds like a claim with no formal basis. On drivers licenses, I get you were a trucker with a CDL and you get tested and blah blah blah, well that in my mind is equally unconstitutional and a wise man would have sued to get that law removed. It's laughable that we are so untrusting of our neighbors that we have to randomly drug test them for freaking driving. What is next, drug testing somebody for walking on a sidewalk? Testing somebody before they eat at a restaurant? Are those not privileges too? Hah
Grunty September 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Larry, You do not seem to have all the information available to you. The florida law was an attempt to reduce costs by testing welfare recipients and denying coverge if they failed the test. The actual act of testing ended up costing the state more then paying the benefits to the people that failed or refused to take the test. In addition, the law was recently overturned as mentioned above, it violated the 4th Amendment rights of the welfare recipients and the state had to pay all the back welfare and testing fee's for anyone that was denied welfare based on this law. People need to be held responsible for thier actions, I don't think anyone will argue this. However, the point of contention will be that people refuse to give up thier right to privacy as submitting yourself to a drug test can also lead to additional things, like the govt keeping your sample on file for dna testing and/or other things that we can't even imagine today.
Jerry September 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
A good article and discussion on the Florida law. As Grunty said, it's a little more involved than was previously eluded to. http://www.chicagonow.com/uncommon-sense/2012/08/drug-testing-the-poor/


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