Police Blotter: 4 People Charged with DUIs over 6 Days
Darien police reports, Feb. 19-25
Saturday, Feb. 25
DUI at 97th and Lemont
Donald Thomas, 74, of the 8600 block of South Drexel in Chicago, was arrested around 12:45 a.m. near the intersection of 97th and Lemont, Darien police said. Officers said they stopped Thomas after he made an illegal U-turn. His breath smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred, and his eyes were red and glassy, according to the report. He told police he had drank a beer, the report said. His blood alcohol levels were nearly twice the legal limit of .08, according to a Breathalyzer test. Thomas was charged with two counts of DUI, as well as disobeying a traffic control device, and given a March 27 court date.
DUI at 75th and Plainfield
Christie A. Wynns, 43, of the first block of Sunset Court in Warrenville, was arrested around 2:50 a.m. near the intersection of 75th and Plainfield, police said. Officers said they stopped her after she failed to signal when changing lanes and was found to be traveling 64 mph in a 45 mph zone. When officers questioned Wynn, they said she spoke with slurred speech, had red and glassy eyes, and smelled strongly of alcohol. She admitted she had been drinking, the report said. Her blood alcohol levels were two-and-a-half times the legal limit of .08, police said. She was charged with speeding and two counts of DUI, and given a March 27 court date.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
James R. Williams, 56, of the 1900 block of South 17th Avenue in Maywood, was arrested around 11 a.m. near the intersection of Cass and Sleepy Hollow, police said. Officers said they saw him urinating on the curb next to his parked car. He was given a ticket related to public urination, with court dates pending.
Vandals caused about $200 in damage to the fence between Tri-State Fire Protection District Station 2 and Indian Prairie Public Library, police said.
Monday, Feb. 20
Walmart employee charged with retail theft
Terrel Parnell, 28, of the 6700 block of Lakeshore Drive in Westmont, was arrested around 10:20 p.m. at the 75th Street Walmart, police said. Officers said that Parnell, who works at the store, took a video game charger worth $19.96. He was charged with retail theft, with court dates pending.
Sunday, Feb. 19
Husband and wife arrested on South Frontage Road
A husband and wife were arrested around 12:45 a.m. on the 1300 block of South Frontage Road, police said. Officers said they pulled over Thelma F. Haffner, 47, of the 9000 block of Kearney Road, after they saw her swerving off and back on the road. Thelma told police that she had drank a beer but was driving because her husband, Henry L. Haffner, Jr., 51, was too drunk, according to the report. Her blood alcohol levels were more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to a Breathalyzer test. Officers said they smelled marijuana coming from both Henry and the car. Henry took a bag of pot and paraphernalia out of his pocket, according to the report. Thelma was charged with two counts of DUI, as well as improper lane usage, and given a March 27 court date. Henry was charged with possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia, with a court date pending.
DUI on Lemont Road
Robert J. Hovorka, 62, of the 1100 block of Oxford Street in Downers Grove, was arrested around 2:25 a.m. on the 7600 block of Lemont Road, police said. Officers said they pulled over Hovorka after they saw him driving erratically. His breath smelled of alcohol, he had red, glassy eyes and he admitted to drinking, according to the report. His blood alcohol levels were less than twice the legal limit of .08, according to a Breathalyzer test. He was charged with two counts of DUI, as well as failure to signal, and given a March 20 court date.