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Martini Bar Patron Likes His Cocaine Shaken: Weird Crimes

Driver kept going despite having blood-alcohol level five times over the legal limit • Identity thief hoping to pick up unemployment • Peeper spotted ... This week's roundup of weird crime news in the Southland.

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JAN. 9: A Chicago man was arrested on a felony drug charge last week after struggling with an Oak Forest police officer, causing cocaine to spill through the air of a parked van, according to reports.

Marvin Stewart, 46, of the 12500 block of South Yale Avenue in Chicago, was charged with resisting a police officer, felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of open alcohol inside a vehicle after an incident in the parking lot of The Linger Martini Bar, 4142 W. 167th St.

At around 10:48 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, an Oak Forest police officer on tactical patrol in an unmarked car approached a silver Nissan van parked outside The Linger Bar to talk to its three occupants, the police report stated.

Stewart, the driver, told the officer the men had been at a party at the bar and came outside to smoke, according to the report. The officer reported smelling a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the van, and he could see a rolled blunt cigarette on the vehicle's console, as well as an open bottle of Seagram's vodka on the driver's side floor board.  

When the officer asked Stewart to step out of the van, the Chicago man "made a quick, furtive movement" and grabbed what turned out to be a plastic bag of cocaine from the van's ash tray, according to the report.

“In fear for my safety and Stewart possibly having a weapon, I then drew my service pistol and ordered all the subjects to place their hands above their heads, which they complied,” the officer's report stated.

Everyone complied, except Stewart, who stayed in the van, holding the plastic bag above his head, the report stated. After holstering his pistol, the officer told Stewart to drop the bag and put his right hand on his head, the report stated. The officer then cuffed Stewart's left hand, the report added.

Stewart then began to pull away from the officer, shaking the plastic bag and spreading cocaine throughout the inside of the van, the report stated. This continued even when the officer placed Stewart in a restraint hold, the report added.

Stewart finally dropped the bag, was handcuffed and placed in a marked squad car that had arrived with backup, the report stated. He was then taken to South Suburban Hospital after telling officers he needed medical treatment. He was released from the hospital at 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and taken to the Oak Forest Police Department, where he was charged, the report added.

At the station, the contents of Stewart's bag tested positive for cocaine, and the blunt cigarette tested positive for marijuana, the report stated.

The other two men in the van were released and not charged.

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Any More And She'd Be Pickled

JAN. 10: An Oak Lawn woman who was pulled over early Friday morning with open bottles of Jägermeister and tequila in her car had a blood-alcohol content almost five times over the legal limit, according to Oak Forest police.

Migle Demars, 31, of the 10300 block of Mayfield Avenue in Oak Lawn, was charged with driving under the influence, DUI over 0.08, transportation of opened alcohol and obstructing traffic after an officer stopped her in the 4700 block of 159th Street.

At around 5:30 a.m., an Oak Forest police officer noticed Demars weaving in and out of traffic and driving 20 mph in a 40-mph zone as she traveled eastbound along 159th Street in a 2005 white Pontiac Vibe, according to the report. The officer began tailing her, turned on his emergency lights, and Demars changed lanes into the curb lane and stopped as she reached the Oak Forest Health Center entrance, the report added.

The officer reported smelling a strong odor of alcoholic beverage and noticed Demars' eyes were bloodshot and watery. He also saw an open Jägermeister bottle on the passenger seat, the report stated. When the officer asked if she had been drinking, Demars said she had but "not too much," the report added.

After failing field sobriety tests, Demars was arrested for DUI and taken to the Oak Forest police station, the report stated. A search of her SUV uncovered the opened Jagermeister bottle and an open bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila, the report added.

Demars was given a breath test at the station, which registered a blood-alcohol content of .370, the report stated. The legal limit is 0.08.

Demars is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 20 at Bridgeview Courthouse.

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Things Are So Bad, Identity Thieves Need Unemployment Checks

JAN. 14: A New Lenox resident complained to the police that someone tried using his personal information to go on unemployment.

The victimized man went to the police station Tuesday and reportedly told an officer that "an unknown person used his personal information in an attempt to receive unemployment benefits."

The matter was sent to the department's investigations division for review.

Read more on New Lenox Patch

Peeper Busted

JAN. 13: Police say a man who was staring at a woman through her bedroom window was arrested and charged.

At about 12:30 p.m., police were called to a home on the 9700 block of 90th Avenue for a complaint about a man staring through a bedroom window.

As officers drove up to the scene they spotted a man in dark clothing running away down 97th Street, police said. They stopped Kevin Phillips, 24, of Palos Hills and he was identified as the man in the window, police said.

According to the report, he admitted to seeing the light on in the woman's bedroom and staring at her through the window two different times that night.

Phillips was charged with disorderly conduct.

Read more on Palos Patch

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