Debreca Green, of Chicago, was arrested Monday, August 15th, after police observed her speeding.
Oak Lawn Police patrolling Cicero Avenue near 90th Street clocked Green traveling 58 mph in a 35 mph zone. Police caught up to her Chrysler Seabring and pulled Green over near 86th Street. After stopping, Green put the vehicle in neutral and it began rolling backwards toward the police car. Green managed to stop the vehicle, putting it in park, before it struck anything.
When officers approached, Green had to shut off her music, as it was too loud to have a conversation. While speaking with Green, officers noticed that her eyes were bloodshot and glassy, and there was a strong odor of alcohol on her breath.
When license, insurance and registration were requested, it took Green several minutes of searching. During that time, Green dropped items onto the ground outside of the car, even providing a dental insurance card. Green also stepped out of the car without being instructed to. The officer was forced to tell her several times to get back in her car before Green complied.
Green admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving. The officer requested that Green perform field sobriety tests. Green had difficulty following instructions during the tests, failing them. Green provided a portable breath test sample with a reading of 0.181 Blood Alcohol Content.
A search of Green’s vehicle turned up a glass pipe with residue, half a broken glass pipe with residue, and a small black container with residue.
Debreca Green was cited for driving under the influence, driving under the influence with BAC greater than 0.08, speeding, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
James Welsh, of the 6900 block of 87th Street in Oak Lawn, and was arrested Monday, August 15th, when an officer observed him speeding.
Oak Lawn Police noted a white Ford F-150 traveling westbound on 87th Street at a high rate of speed. The detective estimated that the truck was traveling between 55 and 60 mph in a 35 mph zone.
The detective noted that the truck’s left turn signal was activated as the truck traveled several blocks. Near the 6200 block of 87th Street, the truck began to tailgate another vehicle. The truck then abruptly switched lanes and continued westbound.
The truck drove several more blocks with its turn signal activated. Then it stopped for a red light at Oak Park Avenue. When the light turned green, the truck’s tires spun out for several seconds. The truck then turned into the Citgo gas station. Due to traffic, the detective was unable to curb the vehicle before it parked at a pump.
The detective continued to observe the driver, later identified as James Welsh. Welsh exited the Citgo and walked to the corner of the building where he urinated against the building, before returning to the Citgo.
When Welsh again exited the gas station, he walked past his truck towards 87th Street. Welsh looked east and west down the street, before returning to his truck.
Welsh then pulled out onto eastbound 87th Street and waited at the red light at Oak Park Avenue. As the light was still red, Welsh pulled back into the gas station and cut through its lot to avoid the red light. Welsh then proceeded southbound on Oak Park Avenue.
Welsh failed to signal turns onto 88th Place and onto Newland Avenue. The detective attempted to curb the truck on Newland Avenue, just north of 88th Place. Welsh did not stop, instead proceeding to drive on Newland Avenue to 87th Street while the detective drove behind him with lights and siren activated. Welsh finally stopped on Newland Avenue at 87th Street.
Welsh immediately opened his door and exited the vehicle. The detective briefly drew his pistol and ordered Welsh to get back in his truck.
Another officer arrived on scene to assist the detective. Upon approaching the truck, the detective could see that Welsh’s eyes were watery and bloodshot.
The detective ordered Welsh to exit the vehicle in order to perform a pat down. The detective could smell a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Welsh accused the detective of stopping him because of the Green Bay Packers stickers on the truck. The detective noted that Welsh’s speech was thick tongued.
Welsh’s demeanor changed erratically, going from friendly to belligerent. Welsh admitted to drinking alcohol prior to driving. But he refused to submit to field sobriety tests. Welsh was placed into custody.
While at lockup, Welsh claimed that the detective had rear-ended his truck during the traffic stop. Welsh also accused the detective of arresting him for being a Packers fan, accusing him of snatching the Packers hat off his head, throwing it on the ground, and stomping on it. Welsh then went on to accuse the detective and the assisting officer of throwing him to the ground during the arrest.
Welsh made a number of other comments at lockup, including: “White lives matter”, “You’re a racist if you say white lives matter”, “why don’t they f**k with the n******s or gang bangers that are breaking into the garages by my house?”
When offered the use of his own cell phone to make his call for bond money, Welsh accused the detective of draining his battery.
James Welsh was cited for driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08, failure to signal a turn when required, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.