An Oak Lawn police officer claimed that a Chevy pick up truck made an improper right hand turn from the center lane on Cicero Avenue into the Citgo gas station at 98th and Cicero on July 21st at about 1:40 a.m.
The officer alleged that the driver, David Hamer, then used the frontage road west of Cicero Avenue until he reached 102nd Street where he entered back onto Cicero Avenue allegedly failing to use a turn signal. At about 103rd Street the officer let Hamer know he was watching and it was time to stop the car. At about 106th Street, the officer claimed that Hamer came to a stop.
The officer reported that he requested Hamer’s driver’s license and a valid insurance card. While he was waiting for Hamer to provide the items, he said that he saw an empty Corona Beer bottle and a case of Corona on the back seat. The officer alleged that Hamer’s speech was slow and he mumbled. He also claimed that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.
Hamer allegedly went through a pile of papers and found the car’s registration but didn’t have his insurance card or license with him according to the officer. A computer search of Hamer’s name and date of birth revealed that he didn’t have his license with him because it had been previously revoked. That didn’t stop Hamer from allegedly driving from Bartlett on his way to Alsip.
In addition to telling the officer where he was coming from and heading to he also took time to refuse any and all field sobriety tests. He allegedly told the officer he left Bartlett at 6:30 p.m. but he may have been incorrect because he also told the officer that he thought the current time was 9:30 p.m. rather than 1:40 a.m.
The police allege that Hamer had trouble answering questions and “staying on task”. He was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and on a revoked license. An inventory search of the car allegedly found three empty Corona Beer Bottles and 10 unopened bottles in that aforementioned case.
Hamer refused to sign any warning forms and refused to take a breathalyzer. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved felony charges for Aggravated DUI based on Hamer’s record and the fact he was driving on a revoked license.