Police Say Chicago Man Tried to Drive Through the Pedestrian Underpass at Jefferson School

No injuries were reported.

Police arrested a man they say attempted to drive his car through the pedestrian walkway that travels under the Canadian National Railroad tracks at Poplar and Cayuga avenues.

Ruben Figueroa, 24, 11049 S. Avenue E, Chicago, was taken into custody after police in the area heard a loud crash at 2:12 a.m. Saturday near Jefferson School. Police saw Figueroa's vehicle, a black Nissan Maxima, driving near Madison and Poplar with extensive body damage.

Figueroa was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper lane use, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on bond and his vehicle towed. There was no report of injury.

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Billy Joel August 21, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Wow!!! where are all the b.s. comments on what the police are or aren't doing? Funny isn't it? The police are out there arresting people like this all the time yet none of you pukes come out and give em a high five. Typical. Great Job EPD, keep it up!!!
Elmhurst Resident August 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Seriously?! Ummmm...it's kinda hard to miss a CAR that smashes into a BRIDGE you moron! How about saving that high five for when the police do a job that requires more than just eyesight...
Lawrence Gunther August 22, 2012 at 09:16 PM
haha, perhaps mr joel should stick with the piano
Leo August 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Guess we have a hard time reading the article, they stopped him several blocks away from the under pass, so they didn't find him crashed into the under pass. Where they found him was in a residential neighborhool. I guess they were patroling the neighborhoods like many of the whiners on this blogs wanted them to do....guess the cops can't win.
Bob Santini August 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
do the math leo (aka cop wannabee), it says "police in the area heard a large crash"; just one more reason why they should ALWAYS have their windows open, even when its 95 outside.
Leo August 23, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Well Bob, again it is people like you that always slam the police. What do you do for a living, bet ya we could find fault in what you do. Some officers keep their windows open some don't, some are better officers that others. Probably at your work, you have some employees that are better than others, same with police work. I've seen officers who have their back windows open and not their front, there is a reason for that, but you probably know already, being so smart. BTW, I wanted to be the police when i was little, but as I grew up, I know I didn't have the mind set to deal with people like they do. But I have relatives that are in law enforcement, which is one reason why I am so supportive of them. Think about it, we are 15 mins away from a City that is tops in homicide in the country, all you hear is shootings and killings. You don't find that here, thank god. All the roads lead through elmhurst, which is one reason i moved here. The crooks from the city can drive here do watever and be back in the city in a half an hour. Remember no one is perfect, but whoever is could cast the first stone....can you throw that first stone?
Elmhurst Resident August 23, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Is it just me or are "Leo" and "Billy Joel" twins?
Bob Santini August 23, 2012 at 09:59 PM
not sure how my comment slams police; all i'm implying is that this was an easy one; they were in the right place at the right time; that makes them lucky, not good; in other words, not a lot of "detecting" went on here. my only criticism of the local police is that they appear to focus a little too much on victim-less crimes (i.e. seat belt violations, less than perfect stops at rush hour); once I was pulled over for a bad stop at 6:00 a.m. (when it was 10 below zero with snow on the road) driving my wife to the train station. i understand pulling over everyone that breathes when it's 1:00 a.m. on the weekend; i don't have a problem with that because that's when the drunks are out messing up people's lives. and i think they don't do enough in terms of nailing unsafe behavior (i.e. people who violate the train signals, or who text and drive). but c'mon if riding a motorcycle without a helmet is legal, how is operating a vehicle without a seat belt a threat to society.
Elmhurst Resident August 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I think Bob speaks the sentiments of most of us Elmhurst "lifetimers"...having lived here 48 yrs. not a whole lot has changed with residents view of the police department. Most residents have had petty (and costly) tickets for mundane issues (seatbelt, vehicle sticker, etc) and watched as robberies, etc. go unsolved. I think we would all agree that more time spent on community safety issues would be a better route for our police department to head than worrying about how much revenue it can suck out of the residents.
1 Ply August 24, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I love this banter, gotta love the patch. PS. if you don't wear a seatbelt, display a vehicle sticker, or etc(I assume you mean break the law) you should probably get a ticket. In turn doesn't this mean the police are out in the community keeping a watchful eye. Anticipating some sweet retort.
mr. x August 26, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I'm not an Elmhurst resident, but my mother retired there so I try to keep a close eye on what's happening on town... It appears to me, from reading the comments in the various threads that Elmhurst Police are in a Catch 22 with their residents. I see a lot of negative comments on what are seen as a high concentration on petty traffic enforcement issues to the detriment of patrolling the neighborhoods. But on the other hand I read a lot of comments from residents complaining about lack of enforcement of these very issues (speeding, stop signs, illegal turns, etc) in their own part of town. It seems EPD is damned if they do, damned of they don't....


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