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South Suburban DUI Arrests, Feb. 3

Bad parking and a car covered in eggs are two sure signs that something may be amiss behind the wheel, this week in Southland drunken driving arrest reports.

PALOS HEIGHTS

Jan. 24: William B. Maas, 51, of the 12500 block of South 86th Avenue in Palos Park, was charged with DUI, driving without headlights and driving without insurance, according to a report. Maas was stopped after officers spotted his headlights off. 

Jan. 19: Christopher J. Conley, 27, of the 500 block of West 37th Street in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol and speeding, according to a report, after police stopped Conley's car at about 10:56 p.m. near 12900 S. Harlem Ave. Officers reported open alcoholic beverages in the car. 

Jan. 19: Dana L. Massat, 27, of the 8500 block of West 101st Terrace in Palos Hills, was charged with DUI, driving without insurance, improper lane use and speeding, according to a report. Police said they stopped Massat for speeding and improper lane use. 

NEW LENOX

Jan. 28: Kathleen Hurley, 48, of the 700 block of Lake Road, was arrested just before 1 a.m. after police found her parked her car in the driving lane at Route 30 and Williams Street. Police cited her for DUI and discovered she was also driving on a suspended license.

Jan. 27: Jeffrey Putnam, 38, Shorewood, was stopped in his car in the 1800 block of W. Route 30 after police spotted an improper lane change. Police noticed that he had been drinking. They also discovered his license had been suspended. Putnam posted bond and was released.

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MIDLOTHIAN

Jan. 27: Arthur D. Milliron, 36, of the 5200 block of W. 110th Street, Oak Lawn, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, following an incident in the 4600 block of W. 147th Street. Police were called to the area by a concerned motorist who dialed 911. Police found Milliron sleeping in his car near Sullivan's Pub. Milliron got out of the vehicle and spoke with police, who asked him why his car, with its rear end jutting into Kilpatrick Avenue, was parked in the grass near Sullivan's. Milliron replied: "Wow, did I do this, really? I can't believe I did this," according to the report. Officers had Milliron perform field sobriety tests, which he failed, according to the report.

Jan. 23: Luke J. Bronson, 20, of the 15000 block of S. Avers Avenue, was issued a citation for underage consumption of alcohol and driving under the influence after a stop in the 14900 block of S. Central Park Avenue. While on patrol, officers saw a vehicle covered in eggs that appeared to be fresh. Officers stopped and spoke with Bronson, who was behind the wheel of the vehicle. Bronson said the egging happened a few days prior and had not had a chance to clean the vehicle yet. Officers noted a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, and Bronson admitted to drinking at his home earlier in the night, police said. Police took Bronson into custody and he blew a 0.114 on the Breathalyzer at the police station.

ORLAND PARK

Dec. 21: Police were called about a car parked in a driveway in the 9200 block of Lakeview Drive around 2:15 a.m., and a passenger was seen urinating on a nearby house. Both men in the car told police they parked there because they had been drinking and didn’t want to be on the road, police said. The man in the driver’s seat smelled like alcohol and failed field sobriety tests, police said. Two glass pipes with marijuana residue on them were found in the car, according to the report. Michael K. Koch, 26, of the 8900 block of Edgewood 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 and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dec. 20: Police followed a truck that was driving without headlights while it turned toward an apartment complex in the 16000 block of 88th Avenue around 11:45 p.m. and parked in front of the building. A man stepped out of the truck, walked over to the squad car and said he was looking for a hotel, police said. The man’s breath smelled like alcohol, his speech was slurred and he failed field sobriety tests, police said. Patrick C. Briggs, 33, of the 1600 block of Olive Avenue in Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 and driving at night without headlights turned on.

CHICAGO HEIGHTS

Jan. 27: Larry D. Dumas, 42, of the 100 block of East Sycamore in Park Forest, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he was stopped near the intersection of 14th Street and East End Avenue, police said. Police stopped a car that was swerving and speeding, according to the report. Dumas was unable to provide proof of insurance for police and said his driver's license was suspended. Police smelled alcohol on Dumas, and he refused to take field sobriety tests, police said.

OAK FOREST

Jan. 23: Daniel W. Flaherty, Jr., 62, of the 8800 block of Briarwood Lane, Orland Park, was charged with DUI and having a BAC over .08 after a traffic stop in the 7100 block of 153rd Street. Police stopped Flaherty after he pulled out of a vacant gas station and ignored officer's attempts to speak with him at the station. During the stop, officers noted that Flaherty had a difficult time removing items from his wallet and had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. Flaherty failed field sobriety tests, police said.

FRANKFORT

Jan. 20: Amy Hoffman, 36, of the 200 block of Pottawatomie Lane in New Lenox, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to notify authorities about an accident at 9 p.m. at the intersection of Elsner Road and Lincoln Highway.

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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.

Barb February 03, 2013 at 02:49 PM
I really thought with the stricter laws and higher monetary fines that DUI arrests were at an all time low. After reading this.....I know that I was wrong. It is disturbing that so many people still drive after drinking.
STM February 03, 2013 at 04:09 PM
And how many legal citizens drive without insurance? And the state of Illinois will give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants so they can obtain insurance. I don't think so.
Hernendo RevolveR February 03, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Cabs are cheaper than lawyers.
john doe February 04, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Do people not get it? These people dont care about laws. Same thing with drinking and driving samething with guns. You can ban whatever you want you can fine people as much as you want it dont matter. Because for every one person it stops there is 100 more willing to take the chance at whatever illegal act it is.

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