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Mokena Police Break Moving Car Window and Climb In to Stop It

Witnesses told police the driver had been swerving in the wrong lane. Empty bottles of alcohol found in the car, police said.

Mokena Police Break Moving Car Window and Climb In to Stop It

It took two officers and a little help from neighbors to stop and drag a drunken Mokena woman from her moving car, according to .

On Nov. 2, officers were dispatched to Francis Road and Townline Road around 6:30 p.m., where witnesses reported seeing a woman later identified as Jill A. Ford, 57, driving erratically, sometimes in the wrong lane.

When officers caught up with Ford’s car at a red light and told her to get out, she allegedly refused and began driving through the light. At which point, an officer broke out one of Ford’s side rear windows and climbed into the back, struggling with the driver over the gear shift, police said. Their struggle forced the car into reverse and eventually into neutral.

During this time, police said, a second officer managed to open the driver side door but fought with Ford over the brake. Once the car was brought into neutral, Ford was pulled from the car and an officer hopped into the front seat to secure it, according to the report.

Glass bore into the first officer’s hand and knee in the struggle, and he reported a pain in his wrist.

Once restrained, Ford allegedly told police that she didn’t know where she was and merely wanted to go home. She denied drinking but officers reported a strong odor of alcohol, coupled with watery eyes and slurred speech, police said.

Officers also reported finding two bottles of vodka in her car, one closed and the other near empty.

Ford, of the 20100 block of Scott Street in Mokena, was charged with driving under the influence, driving in the wrong lane, disobeying traffic control device, disobeying peace officer and illegal transportation of alcohol.

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