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Two Drunken Driving Arrests in One Night: Police Blotter

Chicago Heights police reports, Nov. 18,

SUNDAY, NOV. 18

DUI

Edwardo Mendez, 36, of the 200 block of East 22nd Street, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him near the intersection of 16th Street and Campbell Avenue for running two stop signs, according to the report. Mendez was unable to provide a driver's license and had two open beers in his cup holder, police said. Police had Mendez perform field sobriety tests before taking him in to custody. Mendez was also charged with driving on a suspended license, no valid registration, illegal transportation or possession of alcohol and two counts of disobeying a stop sign, according to the report.

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Car Burglary

A 29-year-old Chicago Heights woman told police her car was parked in her driveway when someone broke into it and stole several items, including a Nintendo DSI, a wool coat with leather patches and a backpack containing legal documents. The items were valued at more than $250 combined, according to the report. The woman told police her doors were locked but that the front driver side door had damaged tumblers.

DUI

Jose Gonzalez, 40, of the 200 block of East 24th Street in Chicago Heights, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him in the 1500 block of Otto Blvd. for hitting and riding the curb, according to the report. Gonzalez was unable to produce a valid driver's license or proof of insurance, police said. Police asked Gonzalez if he had been drinking, to which he responded, "Yes, I had seven beers," according to the report. Police had Gonzalez perform field sobriety tests before taking him into custody. Gonzalez was also charged with improper lane usage, no proof of valid insurance and no valid driver's license, police said.

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Gammie November 28, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Shame we don't know the location of the burglary???
Annonymous November 28, 2012 at 02:56 PM
2 DUI's in one day makes the news? From the way CHPD acts you would think that half the people on the road in town were drunk. BTW, how many DUI stops does CHPD make on a typical day?

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