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South Suburban DUI Arrests, Sept. 2

Upside-down Mercedes, driver takes out mailbox before being pulled over, and more in this week's roundup of Southland drunken driving arrests.


Aug. 24:
Theodore L. Oldendorf, 45, of the 12300 block of Parrish Avenue in Cedar Lake, IN, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him near the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Chicago Road during a seatbelt check. Police smelled alcohol on Oldendorf's breath and had him pull into a parking lot for field sobriety tests, according to the report. When Oldendorf exited his vehicle, police noticed he was not wearing any shoes and that he had to use the driver side door for support, according to the report. Police also found two open beers in Oldendorf's vehicle. He received an additional charge of illegal transportation of alcohol, police said.

Aug. 21:
Edward D. Potocki, 28, of the 12800 block of Elm Street in Blue Island, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him near the intersection of Edgewood Street and 15th Street for striking a curb at a high rate of speed, according to the report. Potocki told police he had three beers earlier and admitted to striking a curb "a way's back" after police noticed he had a flat tire, according to the report. Police had Potocki take field sobriety tests before taking him into custody. He also was charged with improper lane usage and having a blood alcohol content level above .08.

Aug. 20:
Rodolfo Gonzalez, 24, of the 1200 block of River Drive in Calumet City, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him near the intersection of 14th Street and Emerald Avenue for speeding, according to the report. After police smelled alcohol on Gonzalez and saw an open bottle of Corona beer behind the passenger side seat of his car, Gonzalez said he was coming from a party at some girl's house and that he only had two beers, according to the report. After taking field sobriety tests, Gonzalez was taken into custody, police said. He was also charged with speeding, illegal transportation of alcohol and having a blood alcohol content level above .08, according to police.

Aug. 18:
Joshua E. Hunt, 21, of the 1500 block of Wayne Drive in Crete, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped him near the intersection of 15th Street and Chicago Road for speeding and swerving between lanes, according to the report. When police signalled Hunt to pull over, he came to a stop in the middle of the street before turning abruptly and striking the curb, according to the report. Hunt then idled forward, traveling between three and four car lengths before finally stopping, police said.

Asked for his driver's license and proof of insurance, Hunt provided two insurance cards and dropped them, police said. Asked if he had been drinking, Hunt told police he had a couple of drinks at Jimmy's Gentlemen's Club. After he was taken into custody, Hunt was hit with additional charges of speeding, improper lane usage, no driver's license on person, illegal transportation of alcohol and having a blood alcohol content of .08 or more, police said.


Aug. 17:
Police were called about a black Ford swerving across lanes, and officers found the car near 179th Street and Wolf Road around 5:50 a.m. The vehicle’s registration was expired, police said. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol, he admitted to drinking and failed field sobriety tests, police said. Kyle L. Judge, 22, of the 200 block of Walnut Street in Frankfort, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use and driving with expired registration.

Aug. 12:
Police were called about a woman sitting in a van with loud music playing and talking about being drunk while on the phone in the 14200 block of LaGrange Road around 7:30 p.m. The officer found a woman sitting in a van with the engine running, talking on the phone while listening to loud music, with a beer bottle between her legs, police said. The woman’s breath smelled like alcohol and she had five empty bottles of beer in the van, according to the report. She also failed field sobriety tests, police said. Vania Arquilla-Annesley, 52, of the 14300 block of LaGrange Road in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

July 31:
Police pulled over a car for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, crossing over the center line multiple times and changing lanes without signaling, around 1:40 a.m. near 159th Street and LaGrange Road. The driver’s breath smelled like alcohol, she slurred her speech, was argumentative and failed field sobriety tests, police said. While she was processed, she struggled with officers and flipped two middle fingers at one of them, according to the report. Amber N. Signore, 23, of the 200 block of Nebraska Street in Frankfort, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, improper lane use and failure to signal.

July 28:
Police were called about a one-car accident on Golf Road around 2:30 a.m. The officers found a black Mercedes flipped upside down in the middle of the street with the driver’s side door open, police said. A woman was seen standing about 15 feet away from the car, and said she didn’t know what happened, police said. The officer smelled alcohol on her breath, and her eyes were red and glassy, according to the report. Mary J. Sexauer, 56, of the 14700 block of Golf Road in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.


Aug. 14:
While following a possible intoxicated driver on Paxton Avenue earlier this month, a local police officer reportedly saw him swerve off the roadway, strike a mailbox, and swerve back onto the roadway.  Police said they'd received a report of a possible drunken driver around 7:50 p.m. Aug. 14 on northbound 80th Avenue from 171st Street. They looked up the license plate for the vehicle and found that it was registered to someone in the 16700 block of Paxton Avenue in Tinley Park, they said. An officer began driving to that residence, the report said, and upon turning on Paxton, saw Jud J. Reidy driving wildly toward the cop car, the report said. That's when he allegedly drove off the roadway after striking the curb and driving straight over a mailbox.  

" … Reidy asked why he was being pulled over and I told him that he just struck his neighbor's mailbox," the report said. " … Reidy said he had been golfing and then had gone to Fox's in Mokena for pizza and beers." He reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the Tinley Park Police Department. He was charged with improper lane use, failure to give information after damaging property and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police report information is provided by local police departments. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

Bill Gilmore September 04, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Remember that if you drink a fifth on the fourth, you might not come forth on the fifth. -Billy Gilmore
Bob Laird September 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
the guy had a five speed. four on the floor and a fifth under the seat.
Larry September 04, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I have a Cdl,holders of Cdl Licenses are prone to be drug tested.Maybe it is time to drug test the general population with a regular license.People might think twice if they were tested.Any motor vehicle can kill a person,it does not have to be a truck.
Mokena Resident September 10, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Good call Larry. I can tell your post was 100% thought through. It is surely feasible for our government to handle the cost of universal drug testing at this point in time. Stop being an idiot.
Larry September 10, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Mokena resident,No-Need to call someone an IDIOT!! If you think about how many intoxicated drivers are on the street never the less drug induced people,it does not seem all that bad to have a program to drug test.Down in Florida Mokena Resident,they the people on WELFARE ARE NOW BEING DRUG TESTED!!! If tested positive they cannot collect welfare for 3-years.And guess where they are headed to now??? ILLINOIS. An ex-IL.resident that is now a Floridian resident passed that information on to me.So maybe the GOVERNING BODIES IN FLORIDA ARE ALSO IDIOTS???? MOKENA RESIDENT!!!

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