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Accused Drunken Driver Doesn't Recall Accident: Oak Forest Police Blotter

Oak Forest police reports, Jan. 9–12.

Accused Drunken Driver Doesn't Recall Accident: Oak Forest Police Blotter


Not the Best Place to Roll a Joint

Ian I. Okosi, 25, was cited for possession of cannabis 30 grams and under, following a stop in the 4100 block of 167th Street.

Police saw Okosi sitting in his car, with the dome light on, in an empty parking lot. Police approached Okosi and noted a newspaper with a green leafy substance on it in his lap. Also on the newspaper was a clear plastic baggie containing the same green leafy substance and a cut open cigarette blunt.

Police issued Okosi a citation, at which time he was released.

Gas Station Robbery

Police were called to the Mobile Gas Station, 14701 Central Avenue, after the clerk reported the station was robbed.

At the station, police spoke with the victim who said a black male came into the store, jumped the counter and grabbed her by the ponytail. He then had her open the register, before removing $200 and taking two packs of Newport cigarettes.

The suspect then left the store, heading north. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.


The Appliances are Missing

Police were called to a residence in the 15300 block of James Drive after a maintenance man reported several appliances missing from a foreclosed home.

At the scene, police spoke with the caller, who said the home was missing a stove, refrigerator, air conditioning unit and had damage to its dry wall.

The man provided police with paperwork citing the damage and missing items were noted in an inventory of the home in October of 2012.


'I Didn't Know I Was in an Accident'

Rodney L. Riddle, 61, of the 7300 block of Sandlewood Drive, Tinley Park, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol, and cited for possession of cannabis, following an accident at the intersection of 159th Street and Laramie Avenue.

Police stopped Riddle in the 5200 block of 159th Street after a driver called in a hit and run, describing the vehicle Riddle was driving. The victim told officers Riddle bumped into their car three times at the traffic light at 159th Street and Cicero Avenue and then drove off.

During the traffic stop, officers noted Riddle to have slurred speech, watery eyes, a flush face and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Riddle told officers he was not aware he was in a traffic accident while being interviewed during the stop.

Police had Riddle perform field sobriety tests, which he failed. He was taken to the police station, where he urinated in his pants during the booking process, before blowing a .208.

Riddle was processed and had a court date of Feb. 8 set.

You're Not the Prize Patrol

Police were called to a home in the 4000 block of W. 154th Street after a resident reported receiving a suspicious call.

At the home, police spoke with the resident, who told officers that a man called the home and told the resident he had won $80,000 and a new car from Publisher's Clearinghouse. The caller said the man had to purchase a $500 Green Dot money back vulture card and relay the numbers on the back to the caller in order to claim his prize.

While at the home, the caller against called the residence and said the prizes would be delivered at 12:30 p.m. that day after the resident confirmed the purchase of the card.

Police told the resident to inform the caller that he had notified police.

Police Blotter information is provided by the  Oak Forest Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken 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.

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