Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Editor’s Note: This coverage represents reports from August 15 through August 18, 2018. These four arrests include charges of possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident, and two cases where drivers were charged with a DUI, one found asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle with the motor running and the car in “Drive,” according to police.
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2 Active Warrants, Possession of a Controlled Substance
Rick’L A. Thompson, 336 Blackhawk Dr., Park Forest, was arrested on August 16 and processed on two active warrants, one through Park Forest and the other through the Illinois Department of Corrections when officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Blackhawk Drive to investigate a report of a domestic dispute. Mr. Thompson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance. Police conducted a custodial search of Mr. Thompson and discovered one green color tablet. Mr. Thompson allegedly stated that the tablet was Xanax, according to police. Mr. Thompson said that he had a prescription for Xanax but was unable to provide his prescription, according to police. Police also discovered that Mr. Thompson had a total of 11 small plastic baggies containing suspect cannabis, according to the report.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Jordan J. Lemon, 23, 600 W. 16th St., Chicago Heights, was arrested on August 16 and charged with leaving the scene of an accident: not reporting a crash and/or providing personal information afterwards, according to police.
Police were dispatched to the area of Western Avenue and Main Street to investigate a report of a hit and run crash that had just occurred.
Police spoke with a woman who said she saw a friend of hers with whom she is currently feuding. Her friend was in the front passenger seat of a vehicle driven by Jordan J. Lemon, according to police. While driving southbound on Western Avenue near South Street, the woman again observed her friend and Mr. lemon in the vehicle. The woman was in the right lane and Mr. Lemon allegedly drove up next to the woman’s vehicle, according to the report. At this time, the woman and the passenger in Mr. Lemon’s car started yelling obscenities at each other while both vehicles continued south on Western Avenue. Windows of both vehicles were open.
The passenger in Mr. Lemon’s car allegedly began spraying pepper spray toward the woman’s vehicle, according to police. The woman in the other vehicle rolled up her windows but some of the pepper spray got into her vehicle, according to the report. The woman later allegedly added that she threw a cup of water at Mr. Lemon’s vehicle while they were driving. Mr. Lemon later stated that the woman in the other car threw an “unknown liquid” into his car, so that’s why the woman he was with began spraying pepper spray.
As the two vehicles approached Main Street, the woman who was driving alone said that Mr. Lemon “intentionally swerved into her vehicle striking the front driver side” of her vehicle with the front passenger side of Mr. Lemon’s’s vehicle. The woman then pulled over near CVS Pharmacy.
Mr. Lemon also stopped, got out of his vehicle, and the three began to argue.
After this, Mr. Lemon allegedly got back into his vehicle and drove away. The woman who was in the other car started to call 911 and attempted to follow Mr. Lemon but she lost sight of him.
Park Forest police contacted the Chicago Heights Police Department and requested that they attempt to locate Mr. Lemon or his vehicle at his residence. At approximately 10 PM, the Chicago Heights Police Department advised that they had Mr. Lemon and his vehicle at the 300 block of West 17th Street in Chicago Heights. The officer from Park Forest responded to that location and placed Mr. Lemon into custody.
Mr. Lemon’s vehicle was towed from the scene and an administrative seizure was placed on the vehicle, according to police. The Park Forest officer was unable to determine who was the alleged instigator and/or at-fault vehicle.
Ivan R. Ramey, 24, 1837 S. 20th Ave., Maywood, IL, was arrested on August 17 and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while license was suspended, and battery. He was also issued traffic citations charging no proof of insurance and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Police were dispatched to the area of Forest Boulevard and Norwood Boulevard at 2:33 AM to investigate an accident where a vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a sign and a tree.
On arrival, officers observed a green 2000 Pontiac Bonneville that was lodged into a tree approximately 40 feet west of the intersection, according to police. Police observed the inside of the vehicle and saw that a front airbag had deployed. There was broken glass from the windshield and small amounts of blood around the driver area of the vehicle, including the seat, steering wheel, and rearview mirror.
Police found an iPhone screen with no phone body.
About 50 feet south of the vehicle police saw a man who had several bleeding wounds on his face and hands. The man appeared to be disoriented and had bloodshot eyes, according to police. Police also detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath, according to the report.
The man was unable to provide simple information such as his name or what happened, according to police. Police found that the man had a wallet in his pocket and were able to identify him as Ivan Ramsey. Initially, Mr. Ramsey denied driving the vehicle, according to police. The Park Forest Fire Department responded to check on Mr. Ramsey’s injuries. Mr. Ramsey allegedly became aggressive with the paramedics and spit in the face of one of the paramedics, according to police. The paramedic advised that he would sign a complaint charging battery.
Lucciano B. Mosby, 37, 3 Choate Rd., Park Forest, was arrested on August 18 and processed on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Mr. Mosby was issued municipal citations charging sleeping in public and failure to park in a designated parking place.
Mr. Mosby was issued a court date of September 13, 2018 at the Markham Courthouse.
Police responded to the 400 block of Sauk Trail to investigate a report of a driver passed out in a vehicle while it was running and in “Drive” in a parking lot. Employees from Taco Bell called dispatch. When police arrived they discovered a gray Ford that was stopped in the center of the parking lot near the entrance of the drive through. The driver was sleeping in the driver’s seat for approximately one hour, according to police. Mr. Mosby was the only occupant in the vehicle. According to police, Mr. Mosby believed that his daughter was sitting in the rear seat of the vehicle. Police asked Mr. Mosby to exit the vehicle several times and then informed him that if he did not exit, his window would be broken and he would be forced out of the vehicle, according to police. Mr. Mosby then exited the vehicle.