An Oak Lawn man allegedly left PD’s Place in Oak Lawn and traveled to his home in the 5400 block of 88th Street.
In between, he allegedly drove his car into the porch of a home on 90th and Central and left the scene of the accident before being tracked down by Oak Lawn officers.
Last Saturday, shortly after 4 p.m., a woman called 9-1-1 claiming that a car had just run into her neighbor’s house. She told the dispatcher that a while male driver stumbled outside of the vehicle and another white male passenger left and walked east on 90th Street. The driver then returned to the car and allegedly fled the scene.
The witness provided a description of the two men as well as the car. The police did notice that the porch was damaged describing the damage as having been likely caused by a vehicle driving through it. A mailbox was also knocked over and there were tire marks in the grass up to the porch then returning back to the roadway. Numerous vehicle parts, including a wheel well, were scattered in the area.
A bystander pointed one of the officers toward 88th Street and the officer found the gray Ford Focus, described by the witness, parked on an angle in the driveway with the vehicle’s hazard lights on.
A man fitting the description of the driver was walking on the driveway toward the car. The man allegedly told the officer that he had just left the local bar, PD’s Place with his friend. He didn’t know the friend’s name but he said the friend was driving the vehicle.
A police officer asked Glenn Chovanec if he had hit a fence after seeing a brown piece of wood on the vehicle. Chovanec allegedly answered, “I probably hit a fence.” The police described the Ford as having severe damage to the right side and a flat tire. Paint that matched the porch was now on the car.
He offered to pay for any damage.
Paying for damage only works when your child damages the neighbor’s porch by playing outside with friends. In this case, the witness identified Chovanec as the driver. While being identified, Chovanec, according to the police, was swaying back and forth and leaned on the vehicle.
When Chovanec was asked to take a field sobriety test, he allegedly said he had to go inside his house and began walking toward the door. He allegedly disregarded commands to stop and was grabbed by the officers, which resulted in a struggle between Chovanec and the police. He was arrested.
According to the police, Chovanec was slurring his speech and repeatedly telling them he had to take care of his dogs. When the officer tried to place him in the squad, he allegedly locked up his body to prevent them from placing him in the squad.
The police described Chovanec as belligerent at the police station claiming he began shouting “let me go” and banged on the cell door until he was able to post bond.
Chovanec, a 55 year old white male with an Oak Lawn address, was charged with driving under the influence, improperly driving off the roadway, failure to report damage to property and resisting a police officer.