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South Suburban DUI Arrests, May 20

Taco Bell trip gone bad, driver stranded on a median, driver hits house. This week's roundup of Southland drunken driving arrests.

May 15: Federico Garcia, 34, of the 13900 block of Walter Drive in Midlothian,  was charged with improper lane use, driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol and driving without a valid driver's license. Police pulled over Garcia in the 16100 block of Harlem Avenue in  after he was reportedly swerving in his lane, nearly striking other vehicles on the roadway. Police found a can of Modelo beer in the cup holder, according to the report. Garcia told them that was the only beer he'd drank that day but then failed field sobriety tests, police said. He refused to give a breath sample at the . Police found an empty beer can in the bed of Garcia's truck, they said. He His bail was set at $3,000.

May 11: Police arrested Marc. A Cembala, 21, of the 5200 block of West 170th Street in Oak Forest, around 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of 80th Avenue and 185th Street in Tinley Park. Police said Cembala was swerving all over the road and into oncoming traffic lanes. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests and blew a .194 on the Breathalyzer. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 and improper lane use. Cembala told officers, "I don't know where I was going, I was (messed) up. I don't even remember being pulled over," according to the report. 

May 10: Terry T. King, 39, of the 16200 block of South Justine Street in Markham, was arrested around 1 a.m. in the 18000 block of Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park. He was charged with driving under the influence, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and improper lane use. Officers said they stopped King after they saw him swerving across lane lines. He was sobriety tested when the noticed a scent of alcohol on his breath and that his eyes were bloodshot and watery, according to the report. 

May 8: Meredith C. Covelli, 41, of the 6800 block of West Oakview Court in Oak Forest, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08 after police found her car stuck on a median. Police said the woman who reportedly drove up onto theconcrete median in  last week blew more than three times the blood-alcohol limit. Officers arrested Covelli, 41 around 11 p.m. May 8 in the 16700 block of 80th Avenue in Tinley. Police said she was seat belted in the driver's seat of her 2010 Kia, which was stopped on a concrete parking median at the entrance to a parking lot. She was pushing on the gas and trying to steer, according to the report. Covelli was surprised when an officer approached her window, according to police, and she immediately started crying. She wasn't answering many of their questions and "would only cry and mumble incomplete statements," police said. She reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the . Covelli blew a .252 on the Breathalyzer, police said. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08.

May 1: Police were called about a car accident at the White Castle parking lot around 9:45 p.m. A car had rear-ended another car in the drive thru lane, police said. When police motioned the driver of the rear-ending car to drive toward the parking lot, she almost struck a pole, according to the report. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol and she failed field sobriety tests, according to the report. Catherine A. Bradley, 51, of the 8200 block of Arrowhead Lane in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

April 29: Police were called about a two-vehicle crash in the 7900 block of 159th Street around 7:55 p.m. One car had rear ended the other, and the driver of the rear-ending car said the traffic signal changed quickly and he slid on the wet pavement while trying to stop, police said. The driver of the struck car said he was stopped at a red light when he was hit, according to the report. The rear-ending driver’s breath smelled like alcohol and he failed field sobriety tests, police said. LT Clark Jr., 58, of the 300 block of 16th Street in Chicago Heights, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08, driving with a suspended license and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

April 27: Joann Peak, 38, of the 9900 block of 87th Place in Palos Hills, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08, improper lane use and failure to signal. Police pulled Peak over seeing her vehicle change lanes without signaling, and crossing over the center line, in the 14100 block of LaGrange Road around 1:05 a.m. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol and she failed field sobriety tests, police said. 

April 26: Police stopped a vehicle after seeing it start to make a left turn with a red arrow signal in the 16100 block of LaGrange Road around 11:25 p.m. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol and he failed field sobriety tests, police said. Daniel P. Munder, 23, of the 8700 block of Trent Court in Tinley Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08, disobeying a traffic control light and driving without a license.

May 13: Larry Simpson, 61, of the 1100 block of Mason in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence and driving without insurance. He was stopped at 11:23 a.m. for crossing lane lines, police said. He was unable to safely complete field sobriety tests, police said.

May 12: Julia Larkin, 33, of the 15400 block of Orchard Lane in Oak Forest, was charged with driving under the influence. She was stopped at 3:05 a.m. in a seat belt safety check, police said. She failed field sobriety tests, police said.

May 9: Dawid Gabrys, 28, of the 9100 block of Franklin Court in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence. He was stopped at 1:37 a.m. for speeding and lane violations and failed field sobriety tests, police said.

May 8: Karen Glasper, 38, of the 600 block of 33rd Street in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence, transportation of open alcohol and driving without insurance. She was stopped at 8:49 p.m. for speeding and failed a breath test, police said.

May 12: Joshua M. Mackowiak, 20, of 16053 Debra Drive in Oak Forest, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, damage to highway appurtenances, no valid proof of insurance, driving under the influence of alcohol and having a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.08. Mackowiak told police he lost control of the Ford Focus while taking a fast, sharp turn on 163rd Street near Long Avenue, according to reports. He crashed into a ditch on the east side of Long Avenue, running over and damaging a fire hydrant. Police found him soaking wet and a large amount of water coming from underneath the car. When asked, Mackowiak told police he had a couple of beers and shots. He submitted to tests for sobriety, after which he was arrested. While at the police station, he also took a breath test for this blood alcohol level.

May 10: A Tinley Park woman is facing multiple citations, including one for drunken driving, after a trip to Taco Bell went off course. Elizabeth N. Naegele, 19, of 17927 66th Ct. in Tinley Park, is accused of crashing into a parked car and driving into the front yard of an Oak Forest home, destroying a wooden wishing well lawn decoration on May 10. said they responded to a single-car crash in the 15000 block of Waverly Avenue. During their investigation, police determined that the green 1995 Pontiac Grand Am slammed into a car parked in a driveway, hopped a ditch and came to a stop in a nearby yard. Naegele was bleeding from the mouth and was taken to South Suburban Hospital for treatment. There, according to police, she said she had consumed six Bud Light Lime bottles and several shots of vodka. Naegele told police she climbed behind the wheel of the car to drive several of her friends to the Mexican fast-food chain restaurant. Police said Naegele refused to take any tests for a blood-alcohol level. She was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid a traffic crash, driving without proof of insurance, driving without a license and drunken driving.

May 11: Laura Sterling, 42, of Palos Hills, was charged with driving under the influence. She was stopped at 2:30 a.m. after police observed her traveling 25 miles per hour under the speed limit. She was then seen swerving into another lane, police said. Sterling refused field sobriety tests, police said.

May 3: Sandra R. Wright, 45, of the first block of West 23rd Street, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped her near the intersection of 25th Street and Chicago Road at 3:14 a.m., according to the report.

May 4: After police discovered a pickup truck that had hit a house, they found that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. According to reports, police responded to the call at 9:30 p.m. in the 8800 block of Troy Avenue, and the driver, Rodrigo Miran, 41, of Evergreen Park, was detained. Police said they smelled alcohol on his breath, then he failed field sobriety tests and “failed to take a breathalyzer test.” Police charged Miran with felony driving under the influence of alcohol, improper backing, droving on the sidewalk, reckless driving, failure to reduce speed, revoked driver’s license, no insurance and illegal transportation of alcohol. Because Miran’s license was revoked for a recent DUI conviction, felony approval was given for felony driving under the influence, police said.

Police report information is provided by local police departments. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

Nana May 20, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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