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Police Blotter: Sweaty and Licking: Man Arrested for DUI in West Chicago

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In a peculiar late-night encounter on May 12, 2024, a 25-year-old man residing on Prince Crossing Rd. in West Chicago found himself in hot water after being arrested for Driving Under the Influence (Alcohol). The incident, which occurred at 118 W. Washington in West Chicago at the ungodly hour of 4:13 in the morning, unfolded in a manner both concerning and bizarre.

According to the arresting officer’s report, the man’s Volkswagen Passat was observed traveling westbound on Washington near Arbor Avenue, with his left tires crossing over the center line twice. Upon pulling the vehicle over, the officer noted the driver’s peculiar demeanor—he appeared “sweaty” with “glossy/bloodshot” eyes, and emanated a strong odor of alcohol.

Things took an even stranger turn during the interaction. The driver, identified as ____, fumbled with his wallet despite holding his driver’s license in his hand and claimed not to have insurance for the vehicle. He exhibited odd behaviors such as sniffing profusely, licking his lips, and touching his face, all while providing vague explanations for his state of mind.

Further investigation revealed that the driver was wanted on a failure to appear warrant out of DuPage County. Subsequently, he failed field sobriety tests and was arrested, despite refusing to provide a breath sample for a breathalyzer test. An inventory of the vehicle uncovered open bottles of Hornitos Tequila and Titos Vodka in the trunk.

The man was charged with DUI, improper lane usage, and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, before being released on pre-trial release on his own recognizance. It’s important to note that these charges are just allegations, and the man is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

He is scheduled to appear in DuPage County court on 06/14/24 at 09:00 am. Let’s hope he learns his lesson and sticks to drinking water next time.

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