Drunken Driver Damages Squad Car, Tries To Bite Officer: Blotter

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Disoriented Highland Park woman had BAC nearly three times legal limit; cannabis collection discovered during stop: Lake Forest PD Blotter

The incidents and arrests below were reported by the Lake Forest Police Department between May 16 and June 22, 2020.
The incidents and arrests below were reported by the Lake Forest Police Department between May 16 and June 22, 2020. (Lake Forest PD)

LAKE FOREST, IL — The following information comes from Lake Forest police and Lake County court records as a record of those arrested by police. Readers are reminded that an arrest is not an indication of guilt, and criminal charges, which represent merely accusations by the state, are often dropped or reduced. Updated information may be available from the Lake County Circuit Clerk of Courts. All persons named are innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

ARRESTS

Jason C. Lott, 38, of the 2000 block of Jackson Avenue, Evanston, was arrested around 10 p.m. on May 22 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a valid driver’s license after police were called to a traffic crash involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer near Route 41 and Route 60. Officers determined Lott, the driver of the motorcycle, was speeding when he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. He also smelled of alcohol and seemed drunk, police reported, and a sample taken at Condell Hospital indicated he had a blood alcohol concentration of nearly 0.27 — more than three times the legal threshold of intoxication. Officers also issued him citations for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper lane usage and speeding.

Eric R. Lundahl, 61, of the 1000 block of Estes Drive, Lake Forest, was arrested shortly before 11 p.m. on May 24 at his home and charged with four counts of misdemeanor domestic battery and one count of interfering in the reporting of domestic violence. Police said Lundahl struck a person repeatedly on the face and head following a verbal argument. There were obvious physical signs of injury when officers interviewed the victim at Highland Park Hospital, police reported.

Edert R. Callejas, 33, of the 1500 block of Cornelia Avenue, Waukegan, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. on May 29 and charged with felony driving with a license revoked for DUI, felony criminal damage to government property, driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest. Police reported getting a report of a crash on Route 41 near the entrance to Lake Forest Hospital. Callejas, who was driving a black Nissan with significant damage to its front, refused to identify himself to officers and showed signs of intoxication. After he was arrested, police reported he attempted to bite one of the officers and kicked out the plastic divider between the front and back of a squad car. One officer suffered a minor injury in the course of the arrest, according to police.

Denzel J. Hopkinsbey, 29, of the 2900 block of West Monroe Street, Chicago, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. on May 30 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and issued citations for speeding, cannabis possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police reported they pulled him over for driving 80 mph on a portion of Route 41 with a 55 mph speed limit, searched his car after he admitted having cannabis inside, and found pills that tested positive for ecstasy.

Trisha M. Rinaldi, 46, of the 1300 block of Bob-O-Link Road, Highland Park, was arrested around 9 p.m. on June 2 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol with a breath alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater following a traffic stop on Route 41. Officers were called for a report of a gray Dodge driving erratically and pulled it over after seeing it break several traffic laws, police reported. Rinaldi first denied drinking alcohol before admitting consuming a vodka drink, and she claimed she was headed home to Highland Park despite driving in the wrong direction, according to police. Following her arrest, she produced a sample indicating a breath alcohol concentration of 0.245 — nearly three times the legal limit for intoxication. Officers also issued her an improper lane usage citation.Subscribe

Henry B. Yehle, 20, of the 300 block of Washington Road, Lake Forest, was arrested around 3:15 p.m. on June 4 on an arrest warrant issued after he failed to appear in court and forfeited bond in Lake County in connection with narcotics charges filed last year. 

Michael P. Hoover, 63, of the 1700 block of Elizabeth Avenue, North Chicago, was arrested around 1 p.m. on June 5 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after officers investigated a two-car traffic crash at Route 41 and Westleigh Road. According to police, a witness saw Hoover drive into the back of an SUV stopped at a traffic light. Hoover said he thought he was headed, despite actually driving south, and showed other signs of intoxication and admitted drinking alcohol, according to police. Following his arrest, he produced a sample indicating his breath alcohol concentration was over 0.27 — more than three times the legal limit for intoxication.

Jamelle McBride, 32, and Brenden Butler, 22, both of the 16000 block of Josef Drive, Homer Glen, were arrested around noon on June 11 and charged with a series of felonies in connection with an 18-month investigation of an identity theft ring. They were believed to have cost victims more than $1 million over the past two years. Read more…

Nicholas Lopez, 19, of the 900 block of Deerfield Road, Highland Park, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. on June 18 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of alcohol and cannabis possession following a traffic stop on a silver BMW that ran a red light and swerved into oncoming traffic. After Lopez failed field sobriety tests, officers searched the car and found a black bag with multiple bags of cannabis, pills in unmarked bags and prescription bottles, THC-infused food, vaporizers, cartridges of THC oil and baggies containing THC in wax form, police reported. Lopez later produced a sample indicating his breath alcohol concentration was more than 0.16 — twice the legal limit for impairment. https://patch.com/illinois/lakeforest/drunken-driver-damages-squad-car-tries-bite-officer-blotter

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