A police officer made an unusual arrest when he was driving on 95th Street at about 6:20 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning.
As the officer was driving, he said that he saw a black Ford F150 pickup approaching his car, from behind, at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Ford F150 allegedly did not slow down and passed the officer in the left lane heading east.
The officer reported catching the car driving 57 mph in that 30 mph zone and watching as the driver stopped suddenly at Keeler Avenue but came to a stop past the line and across the crosswalk. To make matters worse for the driver, the officer noted that the registration on the license plate had expired at the end of September.
When the light turned green, the officer said that the driver didn’t take off for approximately 7 seconds. When he did accelerate, the officer did so also and pulled the car over with emergency lights now flashing brightly.
The officer approached the Ford and claimed that as he did walk up to the window, he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver, who was allegedly shuffling through his wallet for his license. The driver, Adam Radochonski, allegedly told the officer he was driving from a friend’s house near Bourbon Street at 115th and Kedzie in Merrionette Park to his home in Evergreen Park. When he was asked why he was west of Merrionette Park and Evergreen Park, he allegedly didn’t answer. A White Castle bag on the front passenger seat may have been the first hint of the reason for the untimely detour.
The officer described Radochonski’s eyes as glassy and his speech as slurred and hard to understand. The officer thought those conditions may have something to do with an open brown beer bottle in the center console of the vehicle but Radochonski said that the bottle was left behind by a passenger who was no longer along for the ride.
Radochonski was asked if he was drinking and he allegedly told the officer that he was not drinking. When the officer asked what he was smelling on his breath, Radochonski allegedly contradicted himself saying “probably alcohol”. He had an explanation, however, stating that he consumed the beer about an hour ago and that he had only drank two beers, which seems to be the universal answer provided to police officers.
The officer reported that he had Radochonski exit the vehicle and perform a field sobriety test. It is a test that the officer alleged Radochonski failed. As he was being handcuffed, Radochonski decided that he wanted to prove himself by taking a preliminary breath test. According to the officer, Radochonski also failed that test scoring .140, which is well past the legal limit of .08.
At the station, the second breath test did not go well for Radochonski with the police claiming that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.183. Radochonski, a 29 year old white male from Evergreen Park, was charged with aggravated speeding, disobeying a traffic control device, expired registration, illegal transportation of alcohol, and driving under the influence. He is due in court on December 12th.