Every day drivers weave through traffic, cause or come close to causing accidents, speed and otherwise act obnoxiously.
One driver decided to report another driver in Oak Lawn that she claimed was driving erratically on July 24th, shortly after noon. According to the caller, the other car was weaving through traffic nearly hitting cars, nearly rear ending vehicles and cutting off at least one car. The caller claimed that the other driver turned west from Cicero onto Hilton driver and entered the Walgreen’s parking lot. The caller said that the driver entered the drive up window from the wrong direction.
When the police arrived, the vehicle was still in the drive up but it was facing in the correct direction. The driver of the vehicle, Antoinette Maerker told the police she was fine and denied that she was driving erratically.
The officer asked for Maerker’s license and insurance card and the woman provided an expired insurance card and an Illinois Identification Card rather than a license. An ID card doesn’t allow you to drive in Illinois (or any other state). The police alleged that her license had been previously revoked by the State of Illinois.
The alleged driving was suspicious but the officer noted that Maerker did not exhibit any signs of intoxication such as bloodshot or glassy eyes and more importantly, there was no odor of alcohol. She did verify to the police that she was the person driving but since her speech was normal there was no probable cause to request field sobriety tests.
Maerker didn’t walk away unscathed, however, due to the revoked license issue. She was taken into custody for driving with a revoked license and driving without insurance. Maerker is a 55 year old white female who provided an Oak Lawn address to the police.