At about 12:30 a.m., an Oak Lawn patrol officer alleged that he saw Jose Rios-Torres driving a Kia northbound on Cicero Avenue near 87th Street without his lights on Sunday, January 27th.
According to the officer, the Kia came to a stop at 87th and Cicero but didn’t remain stopped as an ambulance, with its emergency lights flashing, came through the same intersection. Jose allegedly also moved forward crossing through the intersection until being stopped by the patrol officer.
The officer could see three open bottles of alcohol in the vehicle as he approached the driver’s window, according to the allegations leveled against Jose Rios-Torres. The officer alleged that during the conversation with the driver, he smelled alcohol from the driver’s breath.
Jose Rios-Torres allegedly told the officer that he didn’t have a license and instead produced a state ID, which isn’t valid for driving in Illinois or anywhere else in the United States.
The charges against Jose Rios-Torres explain that he didn’t have a license because it was previously suspended. The officer alleged that Rios-Torres had difficulty with balancing himself. After observing Jose Rios Torres walk and talk and noting that Torres was slurring his words and had glassy eyes, the officer asked the driver to take a breathalyzer.
Jose Rios-Torres agreed to take the breathalyzer and according to the police, he registered a result of .278, which is more than three times the legal limit allowed for drivers in Illinois.
During a conversation with the officer, Jose Rios-Torres asked about what to expect in court and allegedly said, “I’m not going to lie, I’m guilty.”
Jose Rios Torres is a 34 year old white male with a Chicago address. He was cited for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving without headlights on, driving under the influence, illegal transportation of alcohol as a driver, and driving while suspended.