ON October 2nd at about 4:15 in the afternoon, Oak Lawn police officers patrolling the area of 93rd and Oak Park Avenue noticed a 2004 Mercedes stopped on the east side of Oak Park. As the police passed the vehicle in the opposite direction, the officer alleges that the driver had the car running, with a foot on the brake while slumped over the steering wheel.
The officer made an immediate u-turn and approached the vehicle. In the driver’s seat, the police allege that Thomas Paliwoda appeared to be unconscious. As the officer opened the door, he believed Paliwoda regained consciousness.
Paliwoda allegedly told the officer he was sleeping when the officer inquired as to why he was slumped over and whether he had suffered a medical emergency.
The officer alleged that Paliwoda had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. To make matters worse, Paliwoda allegedly kept reaching toward the passenger side of the vehicle. The officer reportedly told Paliwoda to quit reaching around in the car.
As Paliwoda exited the vehicle, the police alleged that he attempted to reach in his pockets and was allegedly looking around the area. The officer demanded that Paliwoda place his hands on the vehicle in order to allow the officer to “pat him down”.
During the pat down, the officer alleged that he found a pill bottle with Xanax pills. At that point, the police allege that Paliwoda ended the pat down by running. The officer radioed for assistance and began the foot chase reportedly catching Paliwoda and knocking him to the ground.
Paliwoda allegedly continued to struggle with the officer and didn’t cooperate as the officer attempted to place handcuffs on his wrists. A struggle allegedly ensued with Paliwoda throwing the officer off of his back.
The officer reported that Paliwoda continued to resist and began walking toward him. The officer told him to stop and pulled his taser but did not use it. Paliwoda continued moving forward while the office continued to back up. Eventually, Paliwoda sat down on the parkway. As other officers arrived, Paliwoda was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Both the officer and Paliwoda were treated for minor injuries. Paliwoda was allegedly hostile at the hospital and reportedly told the police officer to “f… off” several times. When the police attempted to secure a urinalysis about two hours later, Paliwoda allegedly told the officer he would urinate on the officer’s hand.
Paliwoda was issued a citation for driving under the influence of an intoxicating compound, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Paliwoda is a 39 year old while male who provided a Bridgeview address to the police