An Oak Lawn police officer on patrol was flagged down by a gas station clerk at 95th and Nashville when the clerk became worried that the car had not moved from the pump.
The police found the driver, Christian Salgado, allegedly sleeping in the car and attempted to wake the driver up by pounding on the window. After being unable to wake him by the pounding the noise, the officer opened the door and shook the driver to wake him.
The officer got Salgado’s attention and asked him if he was alright. When Salgado awoke, the officer described him as uncooperative. Salgado allegedly refused to provide his license to the officer and told him that he has rights and that he doesn’t have to provide identification or his name.
Salgado was wrong and the officer assured him that he did have to provide his identification and name upon request. According to the officer, the two continued the conversation with the officer demanding the identification and Salgado yelling that he was refusing to comply based on his rights.
The officer instructed Salgado to get out of the car and again claimed that Salgado refused. The officer reported that he told Salgado that he could be arrested and would definitely be forcefully removed from his car.
The officer said that he noticed a blue container labeled “Indicia Joint” which he said is known to contain cannabis.
The officer told Salgado that he would be enjoying the Oak Lawn joint soon if he failed to comply with the order to get out of the car. When Salgado refused, the officer pulled him out of the car, placed him in custody and drove him to the Oak Lawn jail.
A complaint was filed for obstructing a police officer against Christian Salgado, a 24 year old Hispanic male with a Bridgeview address.