Oak Lawn police detectives were traveling on Cicero Avenue at about 9 p.m. on April 10th when they reported that a black Ford Explorer was “tailgating” another car in the far right lane.
The detectives reported continuing to drive and observing the Explorer “abruptly” switch lanes without signaling and then pass the other car before switching back again to the other lane without signaling.
The detectives activated their emergency lights and claim that the driver accelerated and turned east bound onto 88th Street. The detectives followed and stopped the vehicle about 50 feet from Cicero.
When the two detectives approached the car, they claimed that they could smell “fresh cannabis” and a strong odor of alcohol from the car. The police identified the driver as Abdelrahman Ramadan as the driver.
The police told Ramadan that they stopped him due to his “aggressive driving” but Ramadan referred to the other car’s driver allegedly telling the officers, “that bitch cut me off”.
Despite the fact that the detectives reported smelling the stench of alcohol from Ramadan, he continued to question the legitimacy of the traffic stop allegedly calling the stop “bogus” and “bullshit”, which are both non-technical and non-legal defenses to the traffic stop.
The detectives claimed that they found a pill bottle with less than one gram of cannabis in the center console of the car. They also alleged that they found a small amount of liquid in a cup that had the odor of alcohol.
Ramadan, a student at Moraine Valley Community College, told the police that he didn’t understand why he was asked to take field sobriety tests or the breathalyzer, according to the police. However, the police claim that they told Ramadan “multiple times” that they could smell alcohol on his breath and for that reason needed to test him.
Within fifteen minutes, Ramadan was in custody and being transported to the Oak Lawn Police Department while his car was being towed.
Ramadan was not described as a model arrestee allegedly using profanity toward officers at the lockup, challenging one officer to a fight and calling two detectives the “N Word”. At the lockup Ramadan refused to submit to the chemical breath test or to answer any questions.
Ramadan, an 18 year old white male, was cited for following to close to another vehicle, failure to signal when required, improper lane usage, illegal transportation of alcohol, and not having proof of insurance. He was charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and “zero tolerance DUI”. He is described as an 18 year old white male and provided a Bridgeview address to the police.
The age is particularly important in Illinois and other states due to a crackdown on underage drinking and driving. According to the Illinois Secretary of State:
“Under Illinois’ Zero Tolerance Law, a driver under age 21 caught with any trace of alcohol in his/her system will lose his/her driving privileges.
A law enforcement officer may request a chemical test after a traffic stop and issuance of a citation for any offense, when the officer has probable cause to believe an underage driver has any trace of alcohol in his/her system. After administering such tests, the law enforcement officer submits a sworn statement to the Secretary of State’s office and the offender’s driver’s license is suspended.
If a driver under age 21 is convicted of DUI, he or she face the revocation of their driving privileges for a minimum of two years for a first conviction.
If a driver under age 21, is stopped and issued a citation for a traffic violation, and found to have any trace of alcohol in their system while operating a motor vehicle, his or her driving privileges will be suspended. If the driver refuses to submit to testing, their driving privileges will be suspended.
If a driver’s license was suspended prior to age 21, the driver will be required to successfully complete a driver remedial education course to make their driving privileges valid again. In addition, they may be required to submit to a complete driver’s license examination to be re-issued a driver’s license.
It is at the discretion of the investigating officer and based on test results or a test refusal whether a traffic stop results in a Zero Tolerance or DUI charge or both.”