In the early morning hours of Sunday December 23rd, an Oak Lawn officer was patrolling Southwest Highway when he noticed that a vehicle didn’t have a lighted registration lamp.
As he followed the driver, the officer alleged that the car crossed the double center line twice as it headed toward Ridgeland Avenue on 95th Street. The officer stopped the car and spoke to the driver, Lucius Shaw, who said he was coming from a friend’s party and was headed home.
Shaw said he had a couple of beers and the officer claimed that Shaw’s speech was slurred and “thick tongued”. He also alleged that Shaw had dilated pupils and glassy eyes.
The officer asked Shaw to count backwards from 62-49 and then asked him to recite the alphabet from D to Q. Shaw didn’t stop at 49 when he was counting and the officer stopped him at 39. For the ABCs, Shaw didn’t just recite the alphabet but instead he sang the letters from beginning to end. When asked what he was supposed to start and end with, he allegedly claimed he didn’t remember.
Shaw submitted to a breathalyzer, which the police say resulted in a .272 blood alcohol content level. He was arrested for DUI since the number is more than three times the allowable legal limit.
When Shaw was searched the police found a glass container in his front right pocket of his jacket. There was allegedly a white powder film on the glass, which Shaw denied was his container.
Shaw, a 62 year old black male, with a Willowbrook address, was charged with DUI, no registration plate light and possession of drug equipment.