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Weird Crime: Alibis backfire, lead to DUI, drug, theft and obstruction charges

Free of charge, we offer tales of odd news, strange crimes, dumb criminals and otherwise silly stories from the Chicago suburbs.

Drunk on O’Doul’s

LINCOLNWOOD, March 15 — A 52-year-old Evanston man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol despite telling a police officer that he just had “two or three” O’Doul’s non-alcoholic beers. Sawley Weatherspoon, of 1818 Hartrey Ave., Evanston, was arrested at 1:42 a.m. March 15 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. According to a police report, he made “three aggressive lane changes” that caused other vehicles to brake suddenly before he was pulled over on the 3600 block of Touhy Avenue. An officer who pulled him over said Weatherspoon allegedly admitted to drinking “two or three” O’Doul’s. A Breathalyzer test showed a blood alcohol level of 0.145. Police said Weatherspoon allegedly said, “I don’t see how a six-pack of O’Doul’s put me at double.” He was also cited for improper lane use.

Bad reception

DEERFIELD, March 19 — Claiming your mother is having a medical emergency might seem a way out of a traffic ticket, but not when the officer calls 911 and paramedics discover mom is just fine. Janet Chencinski, 67, of Northbrook, was pulled over for talking on her cell phone while driving about 4:30 p.m. March 19, according to Deerfield police. Chencinski allegedly told the officer “she was talking to her elderly mother who was suffering from heart pain and was very sick.” The officer allowed her to leave with just a verbal warning, but also called the 911 center and gave them the name and address of Chencinski’s mother and requested an ambulance be sent there. The Skokie Fire Department ambulance arrived to find that the mother was “fine and not suffering any medical emergency,” the statement said. Police then contacted Chencinski, of the 100 block of Avon Road in Northbrook, who turned herself in to Deerfield police. She was charged with using the cell phone while driving, obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct for making a false report. She was released on $120 bond and is scheduled to appear May 6 in Park City Branch Court.

Calling cops backfires

DEERFIELD, March 7 — Police arrested two men for theft — who claimed to be victims of theft themselves — after officers found a laptop hidden beneath a spare tire cover in one of the suspect’s vehicles. The case began March 7, when Hatim Lotfy Jamil Allaf, 23, of 1772 Williams Ave. in Cincinnati, awoke at an undisclosed Deerfield residence and discovered that he was missing his iPhone, according to police. Along with an unnamed man living at the residence, Allaf and Mark Anthony Harris, 19, of 756 Old Checker Drive, Buffalo Grove, used a find-your-phone application to track Allaf’s device to the Deerfield Walgreens, 780 Waukegan Road.

The man who lived at the residence Allaf had stayed at was shopping there, and Harris and Allaf called him and asked if they could look inside his car. The man said it was unlocked, so the pair looked around and found the iPhone in the passenger door pocket. Allaf told police “he and Harris made the determination [that the unnamed man] had stolen the phone from Allaf while he was sleeping,” police said.

Allaf then opened the trunk of his car and pulled out his tire iron, according to police. When the unnamed man came out of Walgreen’s, an argument began, and observers called the police. Finding no evidence on which to arrest the unnamed man, officers let him go, but continued interviewing Harris and Allaf. Moments later, the third man returned, reporting that the laptop that had been in his car before Allaf and Harris searched it was gone.

An officer searched Allaf’s trunk, where the laptop was hidden beneath the spare tire cover, police reported. During that search, police said they also found two hydrocodone pills on Harris and eight hydrocodone pills and six Xanax tablets on Allaf, plus marijuana. Officers arrested both men and charged them with theft and possession of a controlled substance; Allaf is also charged with possession of marijuana. They both were scheduled to appear in Waukegan court on March 13.

Driving while pantless

NILES, March 9 — William McDonald, 27, of 9670 N. Dee Road in unincorporated Maine Township, was charged with public indecency on March 9 after a woman told police she saw a man exposing himself while driving his car around a Golf Mill Shopping Center parking lot. The woman obtained the license plate information on the vehicle, which led police to McDonald, who was taken into custody outside his residence. He has a March 28 court date.

We’re over winter, too

LA GRANGE, March 14 — Someone reported kids throwing chunks of ice off the top of the village parking garage, 80 S. 6th Ave., at 5:02 p.m. March 14. The kids were removed from the garage.

Empty gesture

LA GRANGE, March 11 — Two bags of beer cans were thrown on the front lawn of a home on the 200 block of North Catherine Avenue. The property damage report was filed at 10:51 a.m. March 11. The homeowner said beer cans were previously thrown on top of the roof.

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