A police officer had the good fortune to close out last month with a man walking into an arrest for him self and two companions.
An Oak Lawn officer was on patrol near 96th and Central Avenue when he observed a car turn onto 96th Street from Central and then pull over to the curb.
As the officer watched, the driver exited his own vehicle and walked toward the squad car. The officer also exited the squad and asked the man, identified as Robert Lopez, what he was doing. The man said he couldn’t figure out how to get to the expressway and pulled over to get directions.
When the officer asked the man his name, he allegedly told the officer his license was suspended. Lopez had an outstanding warrant from Indiana but according to the police he voluntarily submitted to a search of the vehicle after assuring the officer he didn’t have anything illegal in the car.
Two passengers were also in the car. According to the police, one of the passengers, Cecilia Marines, had multiple pills which appeared to be Xanax bars by her feet in the car.
The other passenger, Mathew Ojeda allegedly was carrying a bag of “weed” in his front pocket. Ojeda was issued a village ordinance violation.
Marines was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance. Lopez had a valid warrant issued by Lake County, Indiana for a DUI. Lopez was charged by Oak Lawn for driving with a suspended license. Lopez is a 46 year old Hispanic male with an Indiana address. Ojeda, a 22 year old white male provided another Indiana address. Marines, a 25 year old white female, provided an Indiana address also.