Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Police arrested a Park Forest man and charged him with felony aggravated driving under the influence. The felony aggravated DUI came after the approval of the Assistant State’s Attorney, police said. This is one of three DUIs this week in August. This felony aggravated DUI was the only such charge that week.
Park Forest Police Blotter Reports Through August 21, 2023, Part III
Felony Aggravated DUI
Police arrested Devon E. Greene, 44, 69 Forest Blvd., Park Forest, on August 20 and charged him with felony aggravated driving under the influence, driving under the influence of alcohol, suspended registration, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
An officer was patrolling in the area of Norwood Boulevard and Westwood Drive at 6:49 a.m. The officer saw a black Kia allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, according to the report. The vehicle was going westbound on Norwood Boulevard approaching Forest Boulevard, according to the report.
The officer checked the car’s registration: “Suspended for noninsurance,” the report came back, according to the report.
The Officer Accelerates to Catch the Car
The officer accelerated to 42 mph in the 20 mph zone to catch up to the vehicle, according to police. He officer initiated a traffic stop.
The driver and sole occupant of the car, Devon Greene, was “visibly shaking, had bloodshot and glassy eyes, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” according to police.
The officer told Mr. Greene the reason for the stop. Mr. Greene allegedly said he did not believe he had a suspended license. He could not locate any insurance information, according to police.
A check of Mr. Green’s name revealed that he had suspended driving privileges, according to the report.
Toward the Felony Aggravated Charge
The officer conducted an inventory of the car and found a cold, unopened 24-ounce can of beer and two small sealed bottles of vodka, according to police.
Police called a tow company to tow Mr. Greene’s vehicle from the scene, according to police.
At the Park Forest Police Department, the officer conducted Field sobriety testing with Mr. Greene. Mr. Greene refused a breathalyzer test.
The officer spoke with an Assistant State’s Attorney who approved a charge of felony aggravated driving under the influence, according to the report.
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