Park Forest Police Blotter Arrest Reports Through January 1, 2018

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Officers listen as awards are presented to colleagues at the Park Forest Police Awards Ceremony on January 20, 2018

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— Editor’s Note: We continue our reporting on news from police reports. Besides covering the many stories from around Park Forest that otherwise might go unnoticed, we continue to bring complete coverage of police reports.

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Obstructing Identification

Faheem R. Jackson, 25, 3015 223rd Place, Sauk Village, was arrested on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 and charged with obstructing identification and obstructing a peace officer. Jackson was also issued traffic citations charging speeding and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. An officer was conducting stationary traffic enforcement at a vacant gas station facing westbound on Sauk Trail when he observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Sauk Trail from Central Park Avenue at a high rate of speed, according to police the officer pursued the vehicle, driving in speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour to catch up to the vehicle, according to police. The officer curbed the vehicle in front of Rich East High School.

The officer spoke with the driver, later identified as Jackson, and immediately detected a strong odor of burnt cannabis emanating from within the vehicle, according to police. The officer asked Jackson to furnish his driver’s license and proof of insurance. Jackson provided an “Iowa State Commercial Registry Secured Party/Creditor Identification” card and requested to speak with the Chief of Police, according to police. The officer again requested that Jackson provide his driver’s license and Jackson replied that he did not have one, according to police.

The officer requested that an on-duty watch commander respond to the traffic stop.

At that point, Jackson rolled up the window, leaving approximately one inch of the window open, “and immediately began to make furtive movements to the center console of the vehicle by placing his hands in and around the center console,” according to police. The officer informed Jackson to keep his hands on the steering wheel of the vehicle. Jackson allegedly did not comply and began reaching around the driver’s seat of the vehicle, according to police.

The officer then deployed his Glock 22 at the “low ready position” and continued to give Jackson commands to put his hands on the steering wheel of the vehicle, according to police.

Jackson finally complied, according to police.

When police searched the vehicle, they discovered no contraband. They did discover “two prior identification cards” inside Jackson’s wallet, which was on a seat in the vehicle. After conducting a LEADS inquiry, police discovered Jackson’s drivers license was valid.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

Isaac M. Beard, 36, 22200 Hawthorne Way, Richton Park, was arrested on Wednesday, December 27, and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle with no insurance, and failure to signal when required.

An officer was stopped in his vehicle at the red light at the intersection of Sauk Trail and Western Avenue. The officer observed that the vehicle in front of him was stopped several feet ahead of the stop line, causing the entire length of the vehicle to protrude into the intersection, according to police.

The traffic signal turned green and the officer began to follow the vehicle as it traveled west on Sauk Trail. The vehicle maneuvered into the left lane and performed a left turn onto Osage Street without activating a turn signal, according to police. The officer initiated a traffic stop. As the vehicle slow down to a stop, the vehicle weaved to the right and drove over the curb and onto the sidewalk, coming to a complete stop in front of a residence in the 300 block of Osage Street, according to police. The officer detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from inside the vehicle when he approached the driver, later identified as Beard.

Possession of Cannabis

Quyiuntanelio Hardy Jr., 19, 8637 21st Ave., Kenosha, WI, was arrested on December 28 and issued a local ordinance municipal citation charging possession of cannabis when police were dispatched to the area of Chestnut Street and Cromwell Street in reference to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Domestic Battery, Assault

Preston L. Taylor, 30, 426 Tomahawk St., Park Forest, was arrested on December 29 and charged with domestic battery and assault when police were dispatched to the 400 block of Tomahawk Street in reference to a report of a domestic dispute.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

Asia J. Borjas, 24, 110 Sauk Trail, Park Forest, was arrested on December 30 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of disregarding a traffic control device. An officer traveling southbound on Western Avenue from Illinois Street observed a vehicle swerving several times as it traveled from Western Avenue and North Street to Western Avenue and Sauk Trail.

Due to the weather conditions, the officer was unable to immediately determine if the vehicle had crossed over the lines in the designated lanes.

While approaching the intersection of Western Avenue and Sauk Trail, the officer observed the light to be red and the vehicle stopped past the stop line in the intersection, disregarding the traffic control device, according to police. The light changed to green and the vehicle made a right-hand turn, heading westbound onto Sauk Trail.

The officer curbed the vehicle near the intersection of Sauk Trail and Lester Road. Upon approaching the driver’s side of the vehicle, the officer could immediately smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle, as well as from the person of the driver, Asia Borjas, according to the report. The officer also observed that Asia’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, according to police.