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Accused drunken driver allegedly strikes squad car

Palos Park police charged Tiffany Enriquez, 25, of Oak Lawn, with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after she allegedly backed into a parked Palos Heights squad car responding to a bar fight in Chicago Ridge at 2:17 a.m. on April 7. Officers responding to a call for back-up from the Chicago Ridge Police Department were asked help calm patrons during a 50-person brawl at Bobby McGee’s Bar, at 10139 S. Harlem Ave. When Palos Park police arrived, they directed bar patrons to clear the parking lot to avoid getting mixed up in the fracas. One officer noticed a woman, alleged to be Enriquez, in a silver sedan who backed out of a parking space and struck a parked Palos Heights squad car, police said. Noticing that the sedan’s passenger-side tail light had been broken, the officer used his flashlight in attempt to stop Enriquez, who allegedly proceeded to flee the scene heading northbound on Harlem Avenue. Police pursued Enriquez as she turned eastbound onto 95th Street, where they were able to pull her over, police said. Enriquez refused to submit to a field sobriety test by the officer, police said. She was also charged with hit and run, and fleeing and eluding police. Enriquez is set for an April 24 appearance at the 5th Municipal District Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview.

In other Palos Park police news, a man reported fraudulent charges amounting to $1,199 in the form of an unauthorized account opened with Verizon Wireless in his son’s name on April 4. This came to the man’s attention when his son was looking to purchase a vehicle and found discrepancies during a credit check. Upon inspection of the complete credit report, it was established that the account had been opened in January 2010 and used an address different from that at which his son resides, police said.

About $30 in change was reported stolen from a resident’s unlocked vehicle during his vacation between March 29 to April 2. Police had responded on March 31 to a burglar alarm at the man’s residence, where two females, authorized by the resident, were housesitting during his absence from the home on the 12500 block of S. 79th Avenue. No suspicious activity was observed by authorities.

Tomasz Mulica, 25, of Palos Park, was cited with the possession of marijuana April 8 at 2:52 a.m. Police pulled over the vehicle in which Mulica and four other occupants were riding after noticing it make a left turn, using its right-turn signal, onto St. Moritz Street from Route 83. While approaching the vehicle the officer on duty noticed the smell of burnt cannabis and saw what appeared to be a bag containing a leafy green substance, later confirmed to be 2.1 grams of marijuana for which Mulica took responsibility, police said.

Carl Wylie Jr., 34, of Bridgeview, was charged with aggravated speeding after he allegedly traveled 82 mph in a 40 mph zone on Route 83 on April 2 at 4:55 a.m. Aggravated speeding implies cases in which the offender is determined to be travelling 40 mph above the posted limit, police said. Wylie will appear in court April 24.

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