Oak Lawn Police reported making various arrests, including theft, possession of a controlled substance, and for driving under the influence. The stories are true, no names have been changed and all information comes from the police department. The accused have not been convicted and are only charged based on the reports of the officers making the arrest.
On Monday, May 1st, Lawanna Spencer-Priest of Chicago, was observed by a security officer at Fairplay Foods placing items into her handbag.
The security officer for Fairplay, at 8700 S Cicero, saw Spencer-Priest take four bottles of Dove body wash from a store shelf and conceal the bottles in her red handbag. Spencer-Priest then walked to the back of the store, then to the front.
While pacing near the south side of the registers, Spencer-Priest appeared to answer a phone call. She then walked past the registers and through the first set of exit doors before being stopped by the security officer. Spencer-Priest complied with the security officer’s request to stop, and the security officer located the four bottles of body wash in her handbag. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras.
Oak Lawn police took Spencer-Priest into custody. OLPD discovered that Spencer-Priest had 46 previous charges and 10 convictions for larceny. Spencer-Priest gave a statement, saying that she was broke and planned to take the body wash so she could resell it. She stated that she would have given the money to her granddaughter for her field trip the next day. Spencer-Priest also stated that she had changed her mind and was going to put the body wash back.
Spencer-Priest was charged with one count of misdemeanor retail theft.
On Tuesday, May 2nd, Isa Allan of Countryside, was observed speeding southbound on Cicero Ave. Police radar measured his speed at 58 mph while it was raining.
An Oak Lawn police officer then observed Allan changing lanes at a high rate of speed in order to pass another vehicle. The officer was able to catch up to Allan when his station wagon crossed from the far left lane to the far right lane, all southbound lanes of Cicero at the intersection with Southwest Highway.
The police officer activated his lights and Allan pulled into the Marathon gas station at 93rd & Cicero. After Allan pulled over near the entrance to the building, he got out of his station wagon and walked towards the entrance. Allan ignored the officer’s instructions to stop and return to his vehicle, continuing into the gas station.
The officer made contact with Allan inside the gas station and instructed him to walk back outside and put his hands on his vehicle. As Allan did so, the officer observed him drop a small plastic bag on the ground. The officer recovered the bag and noted that it was a small clear plastic bag containing a white powdery substance.
Allan was placed into custody. A check of Allan’s drivers license showed that it was suspended. A search of his station wagon turned up no further contraband. But two passengers were located in the vehicle, both sleeping. The passengers were woken up and checked for weapons and contraband. Both passengers were cleared and advised they were free to leave.
While processing Allan at booking, the white powdery substance was determined to be 0.5 grams of cocaine.
Allan was charged with possession of a controlled substance, obstructing a peace officer, reckless driving, driving while license suspended, speeding, and operating a vehicle with expired registration.
On Tuesday, May 2nd, Charles P. Flodin of 10401 S 51st Ct, was involved in a crash near 104th & Menard Avenue.
When officers arrived on scene, they found Flodin’s silver Nissan stopped on Menard with front passenger side damage. The Nissan’s front and side air bags had deployed. Officers also saw observed a gray Toyota RAV4 parked facing southbound on Menard, with rear driver side damage.
Officers spoke to Flodin, asking him where he lived. Flodin mumbled “10405 51st Court.” Officers asked where he was coming from and Flodin replied, “Coming from a friend’s house and I was going home.”
Officers noted Flodin’s bloodshot and glassy eyes and asked him what happened. Flodin stated, “I have no idea.”
Officers could smell a strong odor of alcohol on Flodin’s breath. They asked how much he had to drink. Flodin stated, “Maybe one, maybe two.” When asked what time he started drinking, Flodin mumbled “What time is it now? I don’t know.”
Officers noted money scattered all over the driver side floor and asked if Flodin had a wallet. Flodin mumbled “I don’t have a wallet.”
While Flodin spoke to Oak Lawn Fire Department paramedics, he mumbled “Obviously I’ve been drinking.” OLFD asked Flodin his phone number, but he couldn’t remember it.
While taking field sobriety tests, Flodin was uneasy on his feet and had a hard time understanding and completing the tests. When asked if he would take a preliminary breath test, Flodin said, “No. I shouldn’t drive. I had too much to drink.”
Flodin later tested for a blood alcohol content level of 0.173.
Flodin was charged for driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operation of an uninsured vehicle, and driving with a revoked drivers license.