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Drivers Arrested for Allegedly Using Drugs and Alcohol Before Getting Behind the Wheel

Arrests reported Dec. 14-18.

Possession of a Controlled Substance

Thomas Franco, 29, 409 North Ave., Lombard, was arrested and charged with driving with a revoked license, driving under the influence, driving without insurance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia after police received a call for a reckless driver in the area of Route 83 and Interstate 290 at 10:21 a.m. Dec. 14. Witnesses told police the truck Franco was driving struck a wall traveling southbound on Route 83, then pulled into the Courtyard by Mariott. Police said Franco admitted to using heroin. He was taken to DuPage County Jail and his vehicle towed for forfeiture.

Kevin Gardner, 31, 154 N. Catalpa, Wood Dale, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended license after police pulled over his black Chrysler Sebring for disobeying a red light at York and Industrial Drive at 9:04 p.m. Dec. 14. Police said he was found to have taken Xanax and was in possession of 39 Xanax pills. He was taken to DuPage County Jail.

DUI Arrests

Ivan Williamson, 36, 7530 S. Champlain, Chicago, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after his tan Saturn L300 was involved in an accident with a 59-year-old Burr Ridge resident at Route 83 and St. Charles Road at 2:07 a.m. Dec. 15. Williamson also was charged with improper lane use and driving without insurance. He was released on I-bond.

Oscar Cruz, 21, 741 N. York, was arrested and charged with DUI after he was found sleeping in his gold Toyota 4-Runner at Industrial and Grand at 12:49 a.m. Dec. 17. He also was charged with driving without a license, driving without insurance and failure to give information after striking property. He allegedly had struck a mailbox with his vehicle, police said. He was released on bond.

Possession of Cannabis

Joana M. Velasquez, 29, 1017 N. Flossmoor, Waukegan, was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia after police pulled over her blue Pontiac Sunfire for failure to make a complete stop at Michigan and Crestview at 12:12 p.m. Dec. 17. She was released on I-bond.

Dylan L. Lavenau, 19, 629 W. Montrose Road, Wood Dale, was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis after police pulled over his gold Chevrolet Malibu for failure to signal and not making complete stops at Addison and Third at 1:44 p.m. Dec. 17. He also was charged with possession of a fake identification. He was released on I-bond.

Justin Jose, 18, 1107 N. Yale, Villa Park, was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a fake ID after police pulled him over for no headlights at Highview and Fremont at 12:54 a.m. Dec. 18. A passenger, Anthony Xavier, 18, 526 N. Myrtle, Elmhurst, also was charged with possession of a fake ID. Both were released on I-bond.

Rafael Salas, 19, 517 51st St., Bellwood, and Michelle Medniola, no age given, 1419 N. 12th, Melrose Park, were charged with possession of cannabis after a traffic stop at North and Berteau at 9:12 p.m. Dec. 18. They were released on I-bond.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bryan Kenney, 19, 2404 Erie, River Grove, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police pulled over his gold Chevrolet Lumina for speeding at Grand and York at 1:22 a.m. Dec. 18. He was released on I-bond.

Patch reports on law enforcement activity using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a family member are charged with a crime or cited for a violation and the charge or citation is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to contact karenc@patch.com and we will do follow-up reporting on the case.

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