As Oak Lawn police were patrolling near 111th and Kostner, an officer noticed that a car was stopped at a red light but didn’t move when the light turned green.
The officer parked behind the car at the red light and activated the emergency lights. The officer reported that he first saw the driver’s head slumping forward but when he approached the car, the driver was awake and the window was open.
The driver, an 18 year old white male from Lemont, identified as Sean Girouard, allegedly was unable to locate his license. He reportedly told the officer he was going home but the officer reported that Girouard told him that he was at 103rd Street. The officer conducted tests to determine if he Girouard was impaired after he allegedly told the officer that a friend had driven the car to the current location and left. The officer asked why Girouard was in the driver’s seat and he allegedly told the officer that he was “taking a nap”.
While the officer claimed that Girouard’s speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot, Girourard reportedly told the officer that he had “nothing” to drink. He allegedly failed to respond to an inquiry about an empty Budweiser can on the back seat.
The officer claims that Girouard was swaying and unable to keep his balance as he walked or while doing the one leg test. The persistent officer then asked again how many drinks the young man had and he allegedly stated “three beers” and told the officer that he consumed the beers at a “Mt. GReenwood Bar”.
A search of the vehicle found the driver’s license, some cash and two bottles of alcohol. Girouard was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and driving under the influence.