Oak Lawn’s patrol officers reported seeing a driver swerving between lanes on Cicero Avenue at about 107th last Tuesday around 2:15 a.m.
The officer followed the car and allege that the driver crossed the lane markings again. At that point, the officer stopped the vehicle at about 102nd and Cicero. When asked by the officer if he knew why he was being stopped, the driver, Victor Arellano, allegedly guessed that his headlights were not on.
The officer told Arellano that he was stopped because he was swerving in the lanes. According to the police, Arellano provided an expired insurance card to the officer. He reportedly told the officer he had left a friend’s house and was heading home.
The officer alleged that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Arellano and asked him if he had been drinking. Arellano allegedly assured the officer he had not had any alcohol.
When the officer told Arellano he had been driving all over the road, Arellano allegedly mumbled, “stick shift”.
The officer claimed that Arellano asked if he could turn the vehicle on and the officer told him “no”. Arellano allegedly turned the vehicle on despite the answer.
The seemingly friendly conversation became testy when the officer asked Arellano to exit the vehicle with Arellano allegedly asking “Why are you harassing me?”
Various field sobriety tests were conducted to determine if Arellano was impaired. According to the police, Arellano’s performance on the tests indicated “impairment”. Arellano allegedly took 18 steps during the walk and turn test and the officer reported that he had to stop Arellano from walking into the street.
Arellano allegedly ignored the officer’s request to take a preliminary breath test and instead allegedly tried to make a phone call on his cell phone. Arellano also allegedly called the officer a “piece of s…” before quietly being transported to the police station. At the station he officially refused to take a breath test.
A search of the vehicle allegedly found three open beer cans. Arellano, a 23 year old hispanic male, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane usage, obstructed windshield, transportation of open alcohol, and operating a vehicle without insurance. Arellano provided a Chicago address to the officer.