Marco Garcia was arrested Sunday, June 12th, after police clocked him driving 58 mph in a 35 mph zone.
As police patrolled on Pulaski Road near 104th Street, Garcia’s vehicle accelerated quickly to pass the patrol car. Officers activated radar to measure Garcia’s Pontiac G5 traveling 23 mph over the posted speed limit.
After stopping Garcia, he stated that he was driving to his home in Chicago Heights from Bourbon Street. Officers noted that both Chicago Heights and Bourbon Street were southeast of the traffic stop. Officers also noted that Garcia’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, his speech was slightly slurred, and he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Garcia admitted to drinking beer.
Garcia attempted multiple Field Sobriety Tests, which indicated that he was impaired. Garcia initially refused a preliminary breath test, but upon being told to place his hands behind his back, Garcia agreed to the test. Garcia’s breath sample indicated a blood alcohol content of 0.149.
Based on the results of the Field Sobriety Tests and the preliminary breath test, Garcia was taken into custody. A passenger was also taken into custody.
Marco Garcia was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content over 0.08-0.126, speeding, improper signaling, speeding, and vehicle used with illegal activities.
Crystal Lopez, of Oak Lawn, was arrested Monday, June 13th, after police observed her driving erratically.
Police noted a black Hyundai Elantra driving eastbound on 111th Street when it stopped suddenly at the red light at Cicero Avenue. When the light turned green, the Elantra accelerated and crossed into the next lane before returning to the original lane. The Elantra then signaled and changed lanes again, continuing across the solid yellow median lane marker, before returning to the left lane.
Officers activated their radar and clocked the Elantra traveling 57 mph in a 40 mph zone near Kenneth Avenue. The Elantra then passed Kostner Avenue and changed lanes again without signalling. Officers initiated a traffic stop near Tripp Avenue, but the Elantra didn’t stop until Keeler Avenue, several feet from the curb.
As soon as officers approached the driver, they noted the strong odor of alcohol on Lopez’s breath. As Lopez handed over her license, she advised officers that it had been revoked. Lopez stated that she had come from her home in the Eagle Ridge neighborhood and was on her way to pick up her boyfriend on 111th Street.
Officers noted that Lopez’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, to go along with the strong odor of alcohol on her breath. When asked if she had been drinking, Lopez responded “No” and quickly changed the subject, stating that she’d been fighting with her boyfriend. Then she told officers about a conversation she had with her nephew.
Lopez was asked to exit the vehicle and complied, but stated “I’m not going to do a DUI test.” When asked why she wouldn’t, Lopez explained that she was talking with her boyfriend. When told that officers detected alcohol on her breath, Lopez admitted that she had been drinking. When asked if she would submit to Field Sobriety Tests, Lopez refused.
Based on her driving and indications of intoxication, officers determined that she could not safely operate a motor vehicle. Lopez was placed into custody. While doing and inventory of the Elantra, officers located a sandwich bag containing a ground green leafy substance in the center armrest and an envelope in the glove box containing a leafy green substance. The green leafy substance field tested positive for cannabis.
During booking, Lopez used profanities and insulting language toward officers. When officers attempted to explain the process to submit a breath sample, Lopez shouted over them, continuing to use profanities.
Crystal Lopez was cited for driving under the influence, improper lane usage, speeding, failure to signal, no valid driver’s license, driving while license suspended, and vehicle used with illegal activities. A complaint was signed for possession of cannabis.
Tabitha Turner was arrested Friday, June 17th, after police tracked her down after fleeing an accident.
Police were dispatched to 95th Street & Mayfield Avenue for a vehicle accident. While en route, officers were advised that the offender had left the scene. Officers located the vehicle, a gray Chevrolet Tahoe, driving eastbound on 95th Street near 52nd Avenue. The Tahoe was traveling at a high rate of speed. Police activated their lights and the Tahoe turned southbound onto 50th Court, then eastbound through they alley. Turner finally stopped in the alley behind 4915 W 95th Street, a little more than one mile from the scene of the accident.
Officers observed damage to the front bumper of the Tahoe. Officers asked Turner if she had been involved in the accident, and Turner admitted that she had been. Upon review, officers were advised that Turner’s driver’s license had been suspended.
Officers requested the victim be transported to their location to identify the offender. The victim positively identified Turner and the Tahoe.
The victim stated that she was driving eastbound on 95th Street approaching the red light at Southwest Highway when her vehicle was rear ended by Turner’s Tahoe. Turner initially pulled over. When the victim informed Turner that she would be calling the police to file a traffic crash report, Turner told the victim that she had a warrant out and fled. The victim then called 9-1-1.
Tabitha Turner was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to give aid or information, and driving while license suspended.
On Friday, June 17th, police responded to the 9500 block of Merton Avenue for a suspicious activity call. Upon arrival, officers met with a construction crew foreman.
The foreman stated that a nearby resident notified him that two subjects attempted to take property from the construction truck. The crew was down the street at the time and observed nothing. The foreman noted that nothing was taken from the vehicle, because it was empty at the time.
Officers spoke to the witness, who stated that he was looking out his window when he observed an older model dark gray van, possibly a Chevrolet Astro, traveling westbound on 96th Street past Merton Avenue. The witness became suspicious because it wasn’t a vehicle he recognized, and it came back less than a minute later.
The witness observed a black male, possibly in his early 20s, park the van in front of the truck, then exit the van. A heavier-set older black male exited the passenger side of the van. Both subjects went to the truck and looked through boxes in the bed of the truck. The younger subject opened the driver’s side door of the truck, looked inside, but didn’t reach into the cab. The subject closed the door after a short time, returning to the van empty-handed. Both subjects entered the van and it drove eastbound down 96th Street, where the witness lost sight.
Officers checked the area with no results. No video surveillance of the incident is known. No arrests were made.