Police: Drunken Driver Wants 'Payback' for Trayvon Martin
He was stopped on Sunday morning for allegedly swerving his car near 183rd Street and Riegal Road.
A Chicago Heights man accused of drunkenly swerving his car on and off the roadway sees redemptive possibilities in his own story to that of family of Florida gunshot victim Trayvon Martin, police said.
While under arrest on Saturday morning, London Collins, 42, of the 0-100 block of Olympic Village reportedly called the arresting officer "racist" and told him that he would soon be exposed as such on CLTV, noting that it would be payback for what happened to “Trayvon.”
An African-American teen, Martin was walking unarmed in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, when he was shot and killed during a confrontation. Neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman has subsequently been charged with second-degree murder. Martin's death has received constant media attention and has inspired protests across the nation.
A Homewood patrolman reported seeing Collins swerve widely into oncoming traffic and onto a grassy area in the 18200 block of Riegal Road around 5:15 a.m. Collins was arrested after failing certain field sobriety tests and refusing others. He refused a Breathalyzer exam, police said.
Although Collins told police that he couldn’t be drunk because he doesn’t drink, an open bottle of Hennessy Cognac was confiscated from his car.
Collins could not be reached for comment.
He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving in the wrong lane, driving off the roadway and illegal transportation of alcohol.