From the Chicago Tribune (story by Peter Nickeas):
A Park Ridge police officer was charged with driving under the influence after he crashed into a utility pole in the northwest suburb this weekend, police said.
Kevin Ryan, 39, was charged with DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving off the roadway, improper lane usage and driving without a seat belt, said Lou Jogmen, deputy police chief.
Ryan hit a pole near Belle Plaine Avenue and Canfield Road about 3:50 a.m. Sunday, police said.
Ryan had worked as a school resource officer at Maine East a few years ago, but most recently worked the day shift as a patrol officer, Chief Frank Kaminski said.
He was given a certificate of appreciation for seven years of dedication and service as the school resource officer, according to a December 2011 newsletter distributed by the police department.
“I’ve put him on administrative leave and we’ll start an internal investigation,” Kaminski said. “I’m extremely disappointed and embarrassed. I expect our officers to be positive role models. These things dishonor our badge and he will be held accountable, and I apologize to the Park Ridge community for his accident.”
Ryan was alone at the time of the accident and no one else was injured, according to Kaminski. The officer refused a breathalyzer test and blood was drawn at a hospital, Kaminski said.
I noticed that the officer refused a breath test. What does he know that you don’t?
Halloween, which used to be mainly a holiday for young children, has increasingly become associated with drinking and partying. For example, a woman in Maine was arrested for DUI, wearing a Hello Kitty costume.
A traffic stop early Sunday morning in Gorham led to a drunk driving arrest for a Westbrook woman wearing a Hello Kitty costume, according to the Gorham Police Department.
Around 2 a.m. Sunday on Mosher Road, police say they stopped 37-year-old Carrie Gipson for driving in the wrong lane. A post on the police department’s Facebook page said the officer thought he had stopped Hello Kitty, but it was Gipson.
Gipson was arrested for OUI refusal and taken to the Cumberland County Jail.
Jonathan Carlos Hernandez has been charged with aggravated DUI and aggravated fleeing and eluding after he speed off during a traffic stop, lost control of his car and crashed in Eisenhower Junior High School in Hoffman Estates. His Toyota Scion crashed through the school’s gymnasium. Fortunately, all this happened on Saturday after midnight, so no one was in the school and no one was hurt.
From the Highland Park Patch:
Sudarshan France, 23, of the 2900 block of Gilead Avenue in Zion, was charged with driving under the influence, uninsured motor vehicle, no valid registration and driving while license suspended after being stopped by police near Old Elm Road and Skokie Valley Road at 4 a.m. Oct. 18.
Passenger Cory Rhinehart, 24, of the 38700 block of N. Sheridan Road in Beach Park, was also charged with DUI after being observed switching seats with France. Both France and Rhinehart were released on a personal recognizance bonds with court dates of Nov. 21.
From the Chicago Tribune:
State troopers responded to the area near I-57 and 111th Street after receiving several calls about a motorist driving the wrong way, authorities said.
The car, a 2010 Black Mitsubishi Outlander, had been traveling northbound in the southbound lanes, police said. The driver, Danny Sevilla, 33, stopped without incident, police said. Sevilla was the only person in the vehicle, police said.
Sevilla was charged with driving under the influence and driving the wrong way, state police said. No injuries were reported.
According to sources and records, Sevilla is a Chicago police officer who was hired in 2008.
In March, 2013, a North Chicago police officer was arrested after driving the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive and crashing into a Jeep, causing the death of two. That officer, Terrell Garrett, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.