Woman arrested for impersonating an attorney in a DUI case


From the Western Springs Patch:

A North Riverside woman said to be a paralegal with an a “reputable law firm,” is accused of impersonating an attorney in a DUI case. Patricia Castrillon, 42, appeared before Cook County Judge Peter Felice on a charge of false impersonation of an attorney. She appeared twice in the Bridgeview Courthouse representing a defendant in a DUI case, according to the charges.

The prosecutor said that on July 15, Castrillon appeared in the Bridgeview Courthouse before Cook County Judge Steven Rosenblum. Castrillon allegedly filed her appearance on behalf of a man charged with a DUI and asked for prosecutors to produce evidence in the case. She was back in court on Dec. 5, where she asked for a warrant to be vacated in the same DUI case, the prosecutor said. The assistant state’s attorney’s suspicions were aroused when some mail reportedly sent to her law firm was returned.

When asked to produce her card from the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission office, Castrillon told the court that it was at her law office, the prosecutor said. Her name also did not appear in a search of the ARDC website. Castrillon said she would have a colleague fax a copy of her ARDC card, however, as the court waited for the fax, Castrillion allegedly slipped out of the Bridgeview Courthouse. She was arrested on Dec. 13, the prosecutor said.

…According to court records Castrillon pleaded guilty to a theft charge in 2012. The prosecutor said she was also arrested in 1996 for using a fraudulent credit card in Texas. He asked for her case to be transferred to another district because a sitting judge and sheriff’s deputies were potential witnesses.

Suspect in fatal crash driving 128 mph, 3X legal limit

From the Chicago Tribune:

Ciro Reyes Ramirez and his son had only been parked for a moment near the Tinley Park bar they were headed to clean early Tuesday morning, when a car allegedly speeding along Oak Park Avenue plowed into them from behind, he said.

Reyes Ramirez’s 20-year-old son Alberto Reyes, his youngest, was killed in the crash and he was injured. The driver of the other car, Joseph Vorberg, of Oak Forest, was drivingat about 130 mph, with a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, when he crashed into their parked car, prosecutors said.

Vorberg fled the scene on foot after the crash, prosecutors said Thursday at the Cook County courthouse in Bridgeview. Police found him 30 minutes later, hiding behind a semitrailer that was parked near a Tinley Park bar, prosecutors said.

Vorberg, 37, of the 15300 block of Arroyo Drive, is facing charges including reckless homicide and aggravated DUI stemming from the crash. A Cook County judge set Vorberg’s bail on Thursday at $1 million.

Judge Peter Felice said Vorberg was a “danger to himself … and to the community,” based on the allegations presented in court.

Data pulled from Vorberg’s Cadillac ATS sedan indicated he was traveling 128 mph just seconds before he smashed into the parked car, prosecutors said.

Alberto Reyes was declared dead at the scene, prosecutors said. His father was treated at a local hospital for injuries that were not life threatening and released.

Vorberg had been drinking at bars in Tinley Park and Harvey before the crash, prosecutors said. He had been treated at a local hospital for his injuries.

A test conducted on Vorberg indicated that his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, prosecutors said…

A GoFundMe page has been set up under Alberto Reyes’ nickname, Beto.

Vorberg is also charged with DUI, failing to give aid/information at an accident, improper lane usage and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Vorberg returns to court Nov. 2.