A legal education based on watching Judge Judy is probably not sufficient when the police turn on the lights. That doesn’t stop some defendants from relying on that type of knowledge when questioned.
On August 18th, Oak Lawn police officers saw a Toyota Camry, driven by Melissa Carmona, stopped in the northbound lane of Cicero Avenue at 95th Street. The officers allege that the Camry did not have functioning brake lights and the driver did not have a seat belt on.
The Camry was pulled over by the police at the Marathon Gas Station at about 93rd and Cicero. Immediately upon speaking with Carmona, the officer said that she became irate and asked, “what did I do this time?”
The officer said that he told Carmona that he stopped the vehicle because she was not wearing a seat belt and because the rear brake lights were not functioning. Carmona, however, believed otherwise and allegedly said, “It’s because I’m Mexican.”
Carmona continued her excellent communication skills when the officer asked for her license and registration. She allegedly told the officer that she didn’t have those necessary items for drivers because she recently moved. She was able to provide an Illinois Identification card, which for those scoring at home, does not allow the holder to drive a car.
Due to the technology that has been around for decades, the police were able to run the name through the “system” and found that Carmona didn’t have a license because it was previously “suspended” and she also had an outstanding warrant according to the police.
The police officer told Carmona that she was under arrest and Carmona allegedly “demanded” to know why even though one would think that she should know why by that time. The officer explained that the search of her name indicated that she was wanted and an arrest warrant had been issued.
Carmona, apparently confusing television law from Illinois criminal statutes, allegedly argued that the officer could not arrest her because the traffic stop had nothing to do with the warrant.
When Carmona’s “legal argument” failed to sway one of Oak Lawn’s finest, she eventually agreed to exit the vehicle. The officer reported that when he reached for Carmona’s arm she allegedly pulled it away. Apparently not willing to submit to the process of being handcuffed, Carmona continued to try to pull her arms away, according to the police, and allegedly screamed, “get the f..k off of me” as she was handcuffed.
The police claim that Carmona was not a perfect guest of the village during the ride to the police station either. During the ride to the station, she allegedly tried to spit on the officer but her aim was not very good. Nonetheless, she was charged with aggravated assault for that move.
Carmona was issued citations for not having brake lights, failure to wear a seat belt, not having insurance, and driving on a suspended license. Melissa Carmona, a 29 year old Hispanic woman, provided a Chicago address to the police.