South Suburban DUI Arrests, May 27

A driver winds up in a tree, one drives on wrong side of road, another didn't remember rear-ending another car. This week's roundup of Southland drunken driving arrests.

May 19: Ryan A. Hewitt, 22, of the 2500 block of Ryan Court in Naperville, was charged with driving under the influence, improper lane use, illegal transportation of alcohol, speeding in a construction zone and driving on the wrong side of road after a traffic stop near the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Wolf Road. Hewitt was released on bond, and his next court date is June 6.

May 12: Daniel Biciste, 33, of the 9200 block of West Willow Lane in Mokena, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, failure to give information about an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and disregarding a traffic control device after an incident near the intersection of LaGrange and Laraway roads. Frankfort Police officers responded to a call around 11:45 a.m. about a woman being struck from behind by another vehicle, Cmdr. Kevin Keegan said. Witnesses saw a gold four-door Honda flee the scene, and a community service officer saw the car driving southbound on LaGrange, past Nebraska Street, Keegan said. A police officer pulled over Biciste, who said he didn't realize he had been in an accident. Biciste was given a field sobriety test, then brought to the police station where he was charged. He was released on bond, and his next court date is June 5. No one was injured in the accident.

May 9: Evergreen Park Police charged Nicholas Myraricah, 27, of Oak Lawn, with driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. Officers were dispatched to 103rd Street and Central Park Avenue at 4:30 p.m. for a hit-and-run, police said. According to reports, Saint Xavier University security said they saw Myraricah sideswipe a vehicle while driving, then as he started to drive away, he got backed up in traffic. Police said they smelled alcohol on his breath as they approached him. According to reports, Myraricah failed all field sobriety tests, and after being taken into custody, refused a Breathalyzer test. Police recovered two cans of beer, one open and one unopened, in the vehicle, reports said.

May 9:
At 2 a.m., police on patrol stopped Megan Lane, 18, of Joliet in the 3600 block of 103rd Street, police said, and while speaking to her noticed her breath had a strong alcoholic odor. According to reports, Lane said she didn’t have her license and initially denied consuming alcohol, but then “admitted to a few beers.” Police said Lane failed all field sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer test. According to police, Lane was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, blood-alcohol content level over .08 percent and a suspended registration.

May 12: Kiara C. Williams, 22, of the 300 block of West 100th Street in Chicago, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after police stopped her near the intersection of 14th Street and Hilltop Avenue for turning right on red illegally, swerving and speeding, according to the report. Police smelled alcohol on Williams and had her perform field sobriety tests, which she failed, according to the report. Williams racked up additional charges for disobeying a red light, blood alcohol content over .08, speeding, improper lane usage, no proof of insurance and drivers license not on person, according to police.

April 29: Cesar Goday, 24, of Chicago Heights, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said they stopped Goday’s speeding 1993 Infinity near 173rd Street and Halsted after seeing him cross violently over and across both lanes of northbound Halsted traffic and nearly strike a concrete median. Goday had a blood-alcohol concentration of .159 about 20 minutes after he was arrested at 4:38 a.m. He was also charged with driving while license suspended and driving without proof of insurance.

May 13: Jason M. Bettenhausen, 32, 760 block of Lisson Grove in New Lenox, found himself up a tree after too much to drink, police said. Police responded to a call at the corner of Wolf Road and Front Street, due to a single car accident at 1:48 a.m. Arriving at the scene, police found Jason M. Bettenhausen, 32, 760 block of Lisson Grove of New Lenox, slumped over in the driver's seat, with the car in neutral, resting on a small tree. Police reached into the car and put it in park, then tried to wake the driver, which they couldn't do. EMTs arrived on the scene and were able to wake up the driver, who stated, “I must have passed out,” when questioned about the incident, according to the report. Bettenhausen and his passenger, who was curled under a blanket in the back seat, were taken to Silver Cross Hospital, where Bettenhausen refused to submit to any tests, except for an X-ray. Bettenhausen was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper backing, improper lane usage violations, other moving violation, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and operation uninsured motor vehicle. He was released on bond pending a June 13 court date.

May 4: Deborah A. Matyasec, 60, of the 1100 block of 79th Street in Darien, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on wrong side of roadway and operation of uninsured motor vehicle. Police said Matyasec failed field sobriety tests after stopping her car near 143rd Street and LaGrange Road, just before midnight, for driving on the wrong side of the road.

Police report information is provided by local police departments. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.


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