Weird Crime: Reckless driving charge after car goes airborne, and more

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

Clowning around

BUFFALO GROVE, May 2 — Officers investigated a complaint that a man “wearing bright colored clothing” was “disrupting traffic and making inappropriate hand gestures” at the intersection of Dundee Road and Golfview Terrace. The man told officers “he was trying to show the irony of a clown being rude” by “flipping off” people in the area, according to the police report. The man agreed to leave the area.

Put the car in park

BUFFALO GROVE, May 1 — A car was driven off the road and onto the walking/bicycle path near the playground on the 600 block of Golfview Terrace. According to a police report, a witness gave police officers the car’s license plate number, and Lake County deputies visited the driver, advising him to keep his car on the road.

Can’t conceal drunk

VERNON HILLS, April 13 — Charles R. Otis Jr., 29, of 26202 N. Oak Ave., Mundelein, was charged April 13 with driving under the influence and carrying a concealed weapon while intoxicated. Police allegedly observed his vehicle swerving into the concrete median and pulled him over. Police say the responding officer knew Otis had a concealed carry license after running the man’s information. The handgun was confiscated, police say, because the new concealed carry law prohibits carrying a weapon while intoxicated.

Car buffer

LAKE BLUFF, May 1 — Suzanne Lamb, 56, 202 Central Skokie Road, Lake Bluff, was charged with criminal trespass to property when she went to Knauz Motors, on the 400 block of Route 41, at 12:43 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. Lamb previously was issued warnings not to go onto the property, police said. She is scheduled to appear in court on June 6.

Overheated

BURR RIDGE, May 3 — Marius Ramanauskas, 39, of 647 W. 43rd St., No. 4E, Chicago, was arrested at 11:33 a.m. and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pulling out a knife during an argument with an employee at Global Luxury Imports, at 161 Tower Drive.

Welcome home

Indian Head Park, April 30 — Police officers were waiting for a man to return home after investigating a hit-and-run car accident in Hinsdale earlier in the night. According to a police report, officers were told a 2000 silver Acura was involved in an accident at 10:20 p.m. The driver took off despite front end damage, police said. Officers got an address from vehicle registration records and waited in a patrol car for the Acura to return to the Flagg Creek condominiums. Police ultimately arrested Jonathan L. Kraft, 62, of 7211 Wolf Road, Unit E3, Indian Head Park, and charged him with driving under the influence of alcohol and not having insurance. Hinsdale police subsequently charged Kraft with hit and run, driving without insurance and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident outside the Manor Care nursing home at Monroe Street and Ogden Avenue.

Innocent till prove ‘gully’

WILLOWBROOK, April 29 — Willowbrook police arrested a 20-year-old man and charged him with reckless driving and driving under the influence of drugs after he alledgedly drove his Cadillac off the road into a gully near a home on the 1700 block of Willows Springs Road. According to a police report, an officer was following the car when it hit an embankment and briefly went airborne, drove through two more front yards, and stopped in a driveway of a home several doors away. Brian Cebrero, 20, of 7343 Tennessee, Willowbrook, also was cited for using a handheld cellphone while driving and not having insurance.

Drive-by beverage service

NORRIDGE, April 21 — Vanessa Mercado, 27, of 4321 Marmona, Chicago, was charged with criminal damage to property at 1:15 p.m. in an apparent road rage incident. Police said Mercado was cut off on Forest Preserve Drive, then yelled at the other driver at a traffic light before throwing a soft drink into the victim’s car.

A rail fan

LA GRANGE, May 2 — A 16-year-old Bartlett boy was reported at 4:08 p.m. to be acting in a suspicious manner around the train tracks near La Grange Road and Hillgrove Avenue. Police determined the boy was videotaping trains, and released to the custody of a parent.

A handful

OAK BROOK, April 29 — Twenty-four bras priced at $768 were reported stolen by three unknown women at 10:45 a.m. from Victoria’s Secret, 83 Oakbrook Center.

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