A Chicago woman’s actions resulted in the police making an arrest, on March 11th, of a man on wanted on two outstanding warrants and an alleged hit and run accident in Oak Lawn.
The woman was traveling near 87 and Cicero Avenue when she noticed a car ahead of her that she reported was “swerving several times to the right and left and at one point forcing another vehicle completely off the road.” She called 9-1-1 after she alleged that the driver rear ended another vehicle at about Southwest Highway and Cicero Avenue.
The police on the street were notified at about 7:30 p.m. to be on the lookout for a gray colored Chevy Silverado that had been involved in a hit and run accident and was driving recklessly.
An officer traveling south on Cicero Avenue spotted a vehicle matching the description at about 103rd Street. The driver crossed completely over the to the left lane and corrected back to the right but the tires allegedly crossed back into the curb lane as the officer followed closely. The officer stopped the car at about 111th and Cicero Avenue.
According to the officer, he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver’s breath. The officer alleged that the driver had bloodshot and glassy eyes and that he slurred his speech.
According to the police, the driver admitted having three Rolling Rock beers and when he did so he looked down and to his right. This prompted the officer to ask if there was any alcohol in the car and brought a response of yes from the driver according to the police.
The driver reportedly told the officer that his name was Alexander Hernandez and notified the officer that he didn’t have a valid license. He allegedly gave the officer an incorrect birth date, which resulted in the officer being unable to get any records from the computer. The officer demanded the correct birth date and found the reason for the alleged deception.
Alexander Hernandez has a revoked license with two active warrants. One warrant was for a traffic offense and the other was for a parole violation. He was asked to step out of the vehicle, handcuffed and taken into custody.
Hernandez, a 47 year old Hispanic male, with a Chicago address, has criminal convictions dating back to the year 2000. He was sentenced to one year in prison for Domestic Battery in 2000 and served his sentence. Four years later, he was sentenced to one year for possession of a controlled substance. More recently, in 2015, he was sentenced to three years in prison for his fourth driving under the influence conviction and driving on a suspended or revoked license. He was paroled on March 16, 2017 and the parole was supposed to end on March 16, 2019.
The police alleged that two open cans of Rolling Rock Beer, with some beer remaining, were found in the car.
Hernandez refused the field sobriety test and the breathalyzer. The Cook County State’s Attorney approved felony Aggravated DUI charges against Hernandez. he was also charged with driving under the influence, obstructing identification, and driving on a revoked license.