Law and Order, Local Police Reports, Park Forest

Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance: Police Reports Through April 23, 2019

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Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- These police reports include arrests through April 23, 2019. Charges for those arrested include domestic battery, aggravated speeding, and felony possession of a controlled substance.

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Driving While License Suspended

Jamie E. Lampkin, 40, 3514 Maple Lane, Hazel Crest, was arrested on April 18 and charged with driving while license was suspended and issued a traffic citation charging speeding. He was additionally issued a municipal citation charging possession of cannabis.

While traveling southbound on Western Avenue at 4:19 PM approaching Main Street an officer saw a tan Chevrolet Impala allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on Western Avenue, according to police. The officer activated his in-car radar and confirmed that the vehicle was traveling at 48 miles per hour in a posted 35 miles per hour zone, according to police.

The officer executed a U-turn, pulled up behind the Impala, activated emergency lights on his patrol vehicle, and curbed the vehicle in the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church, according to the report.

The officer spoke with the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Jamie Lampkin, requesting Mr. Lampkin’s driver’s license. Mr. Lampkin allegedly informed the officer that he did not have his driver’s license on him but produced an Illinois identification card, according to police. The officer asked Mr. Lampkin if he had a valid driver’s license. Mr. Lampkin replied that he did not and that it was suspended, according to the report.

The officer confirmed through a LEADS inquiry that Mr. Lampkin’s driving privileges were suspended.

Another officer arrived on the scene to assist.

Police took Mr. Lampkin into custody. The first officer at the scene asked Mr. Lampkin if there was anything in the vehicle. Mr. Lampkin allegedly told the officer that there was cannabis in the center console of the car. The second officer on the scene located a small blue container containing suspect cannabis, according to police. Mr. Lampkin does not possess a valid medical cannabis license, according to police.

Mr. Lampkin’s vehicle was towed from the scene and impounded per local ordinance.

Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance

Robert E. Hoskins, 36, 250 Blackhawk Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on April 19 and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of cannabis, and issued a ticket charging improper parking/stopping on a roadway after police were dispatched to the 100 block of 26th Street at 3:29 AM in reference to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

The complainant said that there was a white truck parked with its lights on that had been there for over 30 minutes, according to police.

Two officers responded to the scene. Police located the vehicle, a white 2016 Dodge Ram pickup truck, which allegedly was improperly parked on the shoulder adjacent to 26th Street, according to police. One of the officers positioned his squad vehicle behind the truck and activated emergency lights.

At this time, the officer observed that the engine appeared to be running as the exhaust was coming from the tailpipe and the truck’s backup/reverse lights were activated.

The two officers approached the vehicle from behind, one on the driver’s side and one on the passenger side.

Police found a man asleep in the driver’s seat and a woman asleep in the front passenger seat of the truck. One of the officers knocked on the driver’s side window which woke up both occupants. The man rolled down his window and the officer smelled an odor of cannabis coming from the interior of the truck. The man was unable to provide his driver’s license and later identified himself as Robert Hoskins.

Police asked Mr. Hoskins if he knew how long he had been parked there and he allegedly claimed that he had just arrived, according to the report. Mr. Hoskins appeared to be disoriented and confused and was unaware that his truck’s transmission was in reverse, according to police.

One of the officers told Mr. Hoskins to put the vehicle in Park and exit the vehicle. He complied and he and the passenger exited the vehicle. Inside the armrest console, police recovered a clear plastic sandwich baggie which contained an off-white rock-like substance, suspected cocaine, and a digital scale, and item commonly associated or used for the purposes of weighing narcotics, according to police.

Underneath the front passenger seat police found a black Ziploc baggie containing a green leafy substance, suspect cannabis, according to police.

At this point, both Mr. Hoskins and his passenger were handcuffed and placed under arrest. At the Park Forest Police Department, the off-white rock-like substance tested positive for the presumptive presence of cocaine, according to police. The green leafy substance tested positive for the presumptive presence of cannabis, according to police.

During an interview, Mr. Hoskins allegedly told the police, “That’s my truck. I take full responsibility and ownership of anything found in the truck.”

The passenger, in a separate interview, said that she was out at a couple of bars in Harvey during the evening with Mr. Hoskins with whom she has been friends for a few years. When she left with him, she said she fell asleep almost instantly during the drive home and only woke up when police arrived. She denied any knowledge or ownership of the narcotics, according to police. She was released without charges.

Aggravated Speeding/Reckless Driving

Charmaine L. Tyler, 24, 350 Standish St., Chicago Heights, was arrested on April 22 and charged with aggravated speeding/reckless driving (77 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone, 42 miles per hour over the posted limit).

At approximately 4:57 PM, two officers were driving eastbound on Sauk Trail approaching Lester Road when the officer driving observed a bright blue Mustang allegedly traveling westbound on Sauk Trail at a high rate of speed, according to police. The officer locked his radar unit onto the vehicle which showed a speed of 77 miles per hour, according to police.

The vehicle switched lanes to go around a white van while passing police, according to police.

The officer immediately turned his squad vehicle around in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop on the Mustang. The officer followed the vehicle as it turned onto Osage Street. The officer eventually saw the vehicle traveling eastbound on Monee Road approaching Western Avenue. The officer turned on his squad car lights and activated the siren to conduct a traffic stop. The blue Mustang pulled over on Monee Road just before Western Avenue, according to police.

The officer approached the driver who identified herself as Charmaine Tyler. There was a man in the passenger seat. She allegedly said she was sorry for driving so fast and only wanted to show her passenger how fast the car could go. She said she was on her way home to Crete but couldn’t explain why she abruptly drove down Osage Street to Monee Road, according to police. She was advised to exit the vehicle and she complied. She was handcuffed and advised she was under arrest on suspicion of aggravated speeding.

The passenger had a suspended driver’s license, according to police. Police offered the passenger a ride home but he refused and said he would walk to his mother’s residence in Park Forest.

Domestic Battery

Nathaniel Jackson, 51, 502 Lakewood Blvd., Park Forest, was arrested on April 23 and charged with domestic battery when police were dispatched to the 500 block of Lakewood Boulevard to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. Mr. Jackson allegedly hit a woman on the left here with a gym-type shoe, according to police. Mr. Jackson allegedly became upset over calls to unknown phone numbers the woman made from a cell phone, according to police.