Robert Umecker, an Oak Lawn resident, was charged on October 2nd with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after the police were called to a crash site just west of Central Avenue on 88th Street.
When the first police officer arrived on the crash scene, one of the drivers was there but the other one had allegedly fled the scene. The woman said that she was able to get the license plate of a white pickup truck that she claimed hit her and left.
The dispatcher relayed the address to which the plate was registered and an officer proceeded to the home. When the officer arrived to the address, he claimed that a white pickup truck was behind the house on a gravel alleyway. When he approached the vehicle, he said that he noticed the car had front end damage and a fire was buring in the engine bay near the front driver’s side wheel well.
A man was standing by the truck with a garden hose attempting to put the flames out, according to the police. The Oak Lawn Fire Department was called to extinguish the fire.
The man allegedly first denied being in an accident but then allegedly told the police he “rear ended a blonde on 91st Street”. The police then reported that Umecker changed his story stating that he fled the scene when an unknown man in a black pickup truck pointed a gun at him and that the other driver was rude to him. The man in the black pickup told Umecker “that’s what you get for hitting the cops”.
The police reported a high level of suspicion in the story because they said Umecker was slurring his speech, his eyes were bloodshot and the police claimed to be able to smell alcohol on his breath.
The woman allegedly identified Umecker as the driver of the pickup that crashed into her car. Umecker was asked to take a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer. He refused the breathalyzer at that time but was arrested based on the officer’s observations and his performance on the field sobriety test.
At the police station, Umecker submitted to a breathalyzer that allegedly showed a blood alcohol content of .171, which is more than two times the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle.
According to the police, Umecker told them he was visiting his mother near 88th and Ridgeland at 11:30 am and then visited various gaming establishments in the area eventually ending his trip at Stella’s Lounge. Umecker allegedly told the police he had two Corona Beers at 3 p.m. The crash occurred at about 6:20 p.m. and the statement was given at 8:29 p.m.
Umecker, a 40 year old white male, with an Oak Lawn address, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, hit and run, and driving under the influence of alcohol.