A 64 year old Oak Lawn resident told the police he was stopped in his vehicle at about 3:50 a.m. on April Fool’s Day, at southwest Highway facing southbound when the light turned green and he proceeded into the intersection.
He said that out of nowhere he was struck by another vehicle. He got out of his vehicle after the accident but his knee was hurt and he was unable to check on the other driver.
When the first Oak Lawn police officer arrived on the scene, he found the other driver, Benjamin Moon in the back seat of his car talking on a cell phone. All the doors were locked and Moon allegedly refused to exit the vehicle until after the police were able to open the door themselves and order him out of the car. There wasn’t anyone sitting in the car along with Moon when the police arrived at the 95th Street and Southwest Highway intersection.
Moon also complained about pain but refused medical treatment. The other driver was treated by the Oak Lawn fire department and was taken to the hospital.
The police allege that Moon was not providing any information and labeled him as “difficult”. The officer alleged that he could smell alcohol on Moon’s breath, that his eyes were glassy and blood shot. The officer reported finding a bottle of Hennessy alcohol on the floor board of the driver seat with some alcohol still in it.
Moon, despite telling the officers that he was experiencing pain, refused treatment from the fire department and refused to sign a document acknowledging his refusal. The police officer signed the document noting that he witnessed the refusal.
Moon was escorted to a parking lot and the officer conducted field sobriety tests. During the tests, Moon claimed that the other vehicle came out of nowhere and hit his car. The officer determined that Moon had failed the field sobriety tests and offered a breathalyzer test to Moon, who declined the offer.
Moon was issued several citations for traffic violations and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.