Oak Lawn Police reported making various arrests, including 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 Sunday, May 7th, Judith Damarjian of Evergreen Park, was involved an accident with a parked car.
Damarjian kept repeating to Oak Lawn Police officers, with slurred speech, that there was a car coming the opposite direction and it cut her off. This caused her to hit a parked car.
Damarjian had trouble keeping her balance and also had trouble understanding officers’ instructions during standard field sobriety tests. Officers smelled the strong odor of alcohol on her breath and noted Damarjian’s eyes were glassy.
Damarjian refused a preliminary breath test and was taken into custody.
Damarjian was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol.
On Sunday, May 7th, Ania Skzydlak of Hickory Hills, was found on the bathroom floor of a gas station.
Oak Lawn Police were dispatched to the Speedway gas station at 98th and Cicero for a disturbance call. The caller stated that a woman had entered the bathroom and was in there for a long period of time. Several customers had asked about using the bathroom, so an employee knocked on the door for several minutes, to no response.
While police were en route, the caller advised that it sounded like the woman had fallen in the bathroom. When officers arrived, the employee was able to open the door using a key.
Officers found Skzydlak on the bathroom floor with several apparent needle marks on her arms. Officers observed two bags of an off-white powder-like substance, one soda can with burnt residue, and two needles commonly used to inject heroin on the sink next to Skzydlak.
Skzydlak refused medical attention. Skzydlak admitted that she had just injected heroin and had fallen off the toilet. Skzydlak advised that she had been addicted to heroin for six months and had been trying to quit. She also admitted that the needles, bags of heroin, and soda can belonged to her.
Police officers called for Oak Lawn Fire Department, but Skzydlak refused to deal with them.
Skzydlak was taken into custody.
Skzydlak was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Saturday, May 6th, Christopher Mepham of 9327 S 50th Ave, was involved in a crash on 91st Street where a vehicle struck a house.
When officers arrived on scene, they found that Mepham’s silver Ford Taurus had driven through a front yard and crashed into the front of a home. The home owner was not injured, nor was Mepham.
While gathering insurance and driver’s license information, officers could smell an alcoholic beverage on Mepham’s breath. They also noted that Mepham’s pupil’s were dilated. When an officer used his flashlight to test Mepham’s pupils, they did not dilate.
When asked if he had anything to drink that night, Mepham stated that he had a few beers. Mepham then agreed to take standardized field sobriety tests. The results of the tests indicated that Mepham was impaired.
At Booking, Mepham provided a breath sample indicating a blood alcohol content of 0.124.
Mepham was cited for driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and driving under the influence over .08 blood alcohol content.