Johnathen Kent, of Homewood, was arrested Saturday, July 30th, after police allegedly observed him driving erratically.
Oak Lawn Police patrolling Pulaski Road noted two vehicles stopped in the right lane at the 103rd Street traffic signal while it was green. The rear vehicle reversed then drove around the Pontiac G5 in front of it. The Pontiac remained stopped at the green light. The Pontiac eventually began moving after the police car had passed. According to police, the officers observed the Pontiac in a mirror, noting that the Pontiac swerved several times.
The Pontiac drove to 105th Place then started to make a u-turn. In the process, the Pontiac reportedly drove over the curb, onto the sidewalk on the east side of Pulaski, barely missing a lamp post.
The officer turned around to initiate a traffic stop at 105th Street. The Pontiac continued driving approximately 10 mph northbound in the left lane. It then turned right, eastbound onto 104th Street, then right again into a parking lot.
When the officer approached and asked for the driver’s license and proof of insurance. The officer allegedly observed drug paraphernalia inside the dashboard glove box when Kent opened it to locate the insurance card. The officer reported that he also observed that Kent had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Kent admitted to consuming alcohol according to the police.
Kent was asked to step out of the car. Police reported that Kent stated that he was on his way home from Barraco’s Restaurant in Mount Greenwood. When asked if he knew where he was, police state that Kent guessed that he was in Mount Greenwood, but did not know the cross streets.
Officers noted vomit on the car interior and Kent’s clothing. When asked about it, Kent allegedly stated, “I probably drank a little too much than I should.” He later allegedly said, “I can admit that I am probably a little bit intoxicated.”
The results of a preliminary breath test showed a 0.169 Blood Alcohol Content. Kent was placed into custody for DUI.
Officers reported that they recovered a glass pipe, a wooden dugout, and a metal grinder, each with a residue suspected to be cannabis. There was also a mason jar that contained plastic bags of suspected cannabis.
While being transported to booking, Kent reportedly asked if he was being arrested. Kent allegedly explained that he had a good relationship with Barraco’s, and that they “pay a lot of your taxes.” Kent allegedly implied that due to his relationship with Barraco’s, special consideration was warranted. Rather than arrest him, officers could simply have had a conversation with him. Kent then allegedly said he would reach out to an owner of Barraco’s to suggest they reconsider the discount that the restaurant offers to police officers.
Johnathen Kent was cited for driving under the influence, disobeying a traffic signal, improper u-turn, driving on the sidewalk, improper turn, and vehicle used with illegal activities. Complaints were also signed for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Shamari Major, of Chicago, was arrested Friday, August 5th, after police reportedly observed him speeding.
Oak Lawn Police patrolling 95th Street report that they observed Major traveling 56 mph in an area with a posted speed limit of 30 mph. When officers pulled him over, Major allegedly stated that he believed the speed limit to be 35 mph and that he was driving 45 mph.
Major stated that he was coming from TGI Fridays. According to the officer, Major sounded thick-tongued and smelled of alcohol. When asked if he had been drinking, Major allegedly replied that he hadn’t. When the officer explained that he could smell alcohol, Major reportedly stated that he had consumed one Long Island iced tea at TGI Fridays.
A preliminary breath test was performed on which Major registered a 0.124 Blood Alcohol Content according to the police. Major was taken into custody without incident.
Shamari Major was cited for driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a BAC above 0.08, and aggravated speeding. It was also discovered that Major had a valid warrant for contempt of court out of Cook County.
Carlos Morelos, of Alsip, was arrested Sunday, August 7th, after police allegedly observed him driving erratically.
Oak Lawn Police patrolling Pulaski Road noted an Infiniti JX35 swerving in the right lane driving southbound. The Infiniti allegedly braked suddenly for no apparent reason near 105th Street. Near 106th Street, the vehicle swerved to the left and crossed into the left lane before returning to the right lane without signaling. Several times, the Infiniti increased speed and swerved abruptly to the right, according to the police.
Officers activated their radar to measure the speed of the Infiniti at 67 mph in a 35 mph zone near 109th Street. Officers initiated a traffic stop and the Infiniti turned right into the driveway at 4002 West 111th Street, stopping more than a foot from the curb.
As the officer approached the Infiniti, he saw that it was occupied by a male driver (Morelos), a female adult in the front passenger seat, a female adult and two children in safety seats in the center row, and an adult female in the rear row.
When asked for license and proof of insurance, Morelos allegedly fumbled his license, dropping it. Morelos them moved very deliberately as he handed the insurance card to the officer, according to the report. When asked if the address was correct, Morelos allegedly stated that he had just moved to Alsip the week prior.
When asked where he was coming from, Morelos reportedly answered that he was coming from his parents’ house. The officer noted that Morelos’ eyes were glassy, his speech was slurred, and he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. The officer again asked where he had been coming from, and Morelos again stated his parent’s house. When asked where his parents lived, Morelos stuttered his answer, according to the officer.
When asked if he had been drinking, Morelos answered no. Asked if he knew the speed limit, Morelos allegedly guessed 45 mph and 40 mph. Morelos was informed that the speed limit was 35 mph and he was driving 67 mph.
According to police, Morelos recited the alphabet to the letter “I” then said random letters, stopping at “V.” After further Field Sobriety Tests which allegedly indicated impairment, Morelos refused a breath test. Morelos was placed into custody for driving under the influence and aggravated speeding. While searching Morelos, officers noticed that his shorts were wet, possibly with urine. Morelos stated that he did not know why his shorts were wet.
When a passenger was asked the age of the children, officers were told they were three years old and ten months old.
Carlos Morelos was cited for driving under the influence, improper lane use, aggravated speeding, failure to notify the Secretary of State of change of address, and vehicle used with illegal activities. Two complaints were also signed for endangering the life of a child.