Park Forest Police: Man Blows More Than Three Times Legal Limit, Charged With DUI

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Police arrested a man on Sunday, November 28, who they say had a Blood Alcohol Content more than three times the legal limit.

According to the police report, on that date at approximately 9:45 p.m., officer Mannino was on patrol in a vehicle traveling northbound on Western Avenue from Main Street. Officer Mannino says he observed a dark van approaching quickly from the rear. He entered the left turn lane by Norwood Boulevard and allowed the van to pass. According to police, the van continued northbound on Western Avenue and appeared to be increasing speed while officer Mannino remained stationary in his patrol vehicle. Police say Mannino utilized the mounted radar unit of his patrol vehicle to monitor the speed of the van, which reached speeds of 62 mph, according to police. At that time, Mannino drove and caught up to the van, initiating a traffic stop.

In his report, Mannino says he spoke to the driver, later identified as Timothy Griggs, 23, 37 S. Arbor Trail, Park Forest, and further said that Griggs had slurred speech, glassy eyes, and his breath smelled of an alcoholic beverage, according to police. The officer also observed an open liquor bottle on the floor of the vehicle between the front seats, according to police.

When asked his name, the officer says Griggs allegedly provided a different name than his own.

At the Park Forest Police Department, police say they gave Griggs field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed, according to police. Police say he then submitted to a breath test which indicated that his blood alcohol content was .274, according to police.

Griggs was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, blood alcohol content greater than .08, resisting a peace officer, driving under a suspended driver’s license, no insurance, transporting open alcohol, failure to signal a lane change, and speeding.

Related: Park Forest Police Reports for December 5, 2010