Some cars are equipped with Global Positioning System and navigation or GPS for short.
Drivers who don’t have it as an upgrade in the car, can use their handy cell phone to find their location and receive directions to their destination. No longer is it necessary for drivers to find driving instructions on a Rand McNally map, at a gas station or from a friendly neighborhood cop.
On March 16th, at about 7 a.m., a car was headed north bound on Central Avenue when the driver must have spotted the police officer in the parking lot of Methodist United Church. The driver of the minivan turned left into the parking lot and up alongside the police officer on the driver side.
The driver of the car, Ludale Jordan, rolled down his window and asked the officer where he was at. The officer claimed that Jordan had ‘bloodshot eyes’ so he stepped out of the squad and began talking with Jordan, who told the officer he was “lost”.
When the officer told Jordan that he was at 101st and Central Avenue, Jordan allegedly told the officer he didn’t know where that was because he’s from the city. According to the officer, Jordan said he needed directions to the expressway in order to get to the far east side of Chicago.
Jordan allegedly confessed to the friendly officer that he had been lost for “two or three hours” and he was trying to get home. The officer didn’t doubt the story and reported smelling what he termed ” a strong odor” of alcohol from Jordan’s breath.
Jordan was cooperative and agreed to take part in the Standardized Field Sobriety Test that the officer suggested was appropriate. The officer claimed that Jordan had to be told several times where to start the walk and turn test and that Jordan began the test early even before the instructions were fully given.
The officer claimed that Jordan failed the sobriety test and placed the man under arrest for driving under the influence. During a search of the van, the officer reported finding an open can of Bud Ice Beer in the center console.
Jordan agreed to take the breathalyzer and the police claim that the blood alcohol content level was .186, which is more than twice the legal amount allowed for driving. When the police asked if Jordan had been drinking, he allegedly admitted that he was drinking “a little bit of beer, Bud Ice.”
At that point, Jordan said he preferred not to answer any further questions. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence, transporting open alcohol, and not having valid insurance. He was given a court date in Bridgeview. Ludale Jordan is a 39 year old black male who provided an address in Chicago.