Weird Crime: Fugitive flees ambulance, boosts snowplow en route to 9 charges

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Five times the legal limit

CLARENDON HILLS, Feb. 20 — A 39-year-old woman was charged with DUI alcohol and drugs at about 11:45 a.m. Feb. 20 after her gray Volkswagen Passat was found in a ditch on the 200 block of Walker Avenue. Monika A. Kuczynska, of 7838 Garden Lane, Justice, was found slumped over in the car, which was in the ditch along the southbound lane, even though her car was facing north. She was transported to Hinsdale Hospital where a blood test showed her blood-alcohol content was 0.41 percent. Kuczynska, who was released from the hospital the following day, told police she had consumed some whiskey with the resident of a home she cleans after taking prescription medicine earlier in the day. While driving, she hit a snowbank and the car went into the ditch. Kuczynska also was cited for illegal lane use. Her court date is March 25.

Grand theft Nintendo

OAK BROOK, Feb. 19 — A man with long hair and wearing a black leather jacket grabbed a Nintendo DS in Sears store, at 2 Oak Brook Center, at 6:43 p.m. Feb. 19, and ran out. He dropped the merchandise as he ran and got in a silver Impala. The Nintendo was recovered.

Floor walks out the door

GLENVIEW, Feb. 17 — The hardwood floor of a newly purchased home was stolen between Feb. 2 and Feb. 17 on the 2600 block of Central Road. The loss was $5,000.

Should have stayed under the blanket

CLARENDON HILLS, Feb. 16 — Robert O. Thomas, 37, of 8206 Hinswood Drive, Darien, was arrested on Feb. 16 and charged with aggravated battery and trespassing, both felony counts. Residents of the 200 block of Columbine called the police to report Thomas, whom they know, was locked in his blue Chevrolet in the driveway to their home at about 3:35 p.m. Feb. 16. He had a blanket over his head and refused to speak to anyone, police said. He drove away, but then allegedly returned, entered the home and grabbed a woman by the shoulders, and threw her to the ground, causing her to hit her head.

Should have stayed under the blanket

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Feb. 16 — A 41-year-old woman from Huntley was charged with DUI on Feb. 13 in South Barrington, where she allegedly tipped the police officer off to her alcohol consumption. According to a police report, Susan R. Doran, of 11721 Beacon Ave., Huntley, had trouble finding her driver’s license though it was in her hand. The officer then smelled alcohol on her breath and Doran failed subsequent sobriety tests, police said. She also was cited for speeding after a traffic stop near the intersection of Route 62 and Penny Road. She was given a court date of March 17 in Cook County.

Lotion for needles exchange leads to arrest

BARRINGTON, Feb. 14 — Police made a felony theft arrest earlier this month after investigating a report that a woman allegedly tried to return lotion to a Walgreens store and use the store credit to buy hypodermic needles, police said. Autumn K. Wilson, 27, of the 500 block of Silver Creek Road, Woodstock, turned herself in to Barrington police Feb. 14 after a $100,000 warrant was issued for her arrest. Police said Wilson entered the Northwest Highway Walgreens on Dec. 29, grabbed a bottle of Burt’s Bees lotion and brought it to the counter in hopes of returning it. She received store credit because she did not have a receipt, police said, and used that to buy about $20 worth of hypodermic needles. An investigation led to a theft warrant issued Jan. 29.

Third time’s the charm?

GLENVIEW, Feb. 11 — A rear tire of a vehicle was punctured between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Feb. 11 on the 2200 block of Tanglewood Drive. The resident also told police that someone flattened the same vehicle’s tires in December and January. The damage was estimated at $300.

Fugitive plows into nine charges

LAKE FOREST, Feb. 8 — Kent Evans, 21, 998 Leicester Road, Elk Grove Village, was arrested at 1:13 a.m. Feb. 8, and later charged with unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal trespass to motor vehicle, criminal damage to property, resisting arrest, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia following an incident that started at Lake Forest College, 555 N. Sheridan Road.

Evans was turned over to paramedics from the Lake Forest Fire Department for transport by ambulance to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital because of a laceration suffered in a fight. En route to the hospital, Evans jumped out of the moving ambulance and ran off, damaging a heart monitor in the process. Officers from several departments responded to the area and assisted Lake Forest police in the search. Evans was located at 2:15 a.m. when he stole a private snow plow that had been parked nearby. He drove by several officers in the snow plow with the plow blade stuck in the down position. Unable to raise the blade, which was damaged on the dry pavement, Evans abandoned the plow and was pursued on foot into a nearby subdivision. At around 3 a.m., Evans was located hiding inside a second vehicle he broken into and was taken into custody without further incident. He was taken to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital for treatment and returned to the police station, where he was processed and held overnight before being taken to Lake County Jail for a bond hearing.

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