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Driver Who Plows Into Snow Bank Charged With DUI: Cops

A 23-year-old Oak Forest man is arrested Jan. 12, after he drives his car off the road, hitting a street sign and a snow bank, according to police.

Credit: File Photo
Credit: File Photo
An Oak Forest man whose car ended up in a snow bank was arrested for driving under the influence, according to Oak Forest police reports.

Ronald Czarnecki, 23, of the 15600 block of Lamon Avenue, was charged with driving under the influence Jan. 12. He was released, and his next court date is Feb. 20 at the Bridgeview courthouse.

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At around 1:15 a.m., an Oak Forest police officer responded to a call of a suspicious black 2008 Nissan Sentra in a snow bank in the 15400 block of Lamon Avenue, the report stated. Tire tracks showed the car ran into a city-owned street sign before hitting the snow bank about 20 feet from the road, the report added.

Czarnecki, who told the officer he was the car's owner and driver, said he slipped on an ice patch and lost control of his Sentra, the report stated. The officer wrote in the report that the street was dry and free of ice, adding that Czarnecki was swaying and wobbling as they talked.

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Initially, Czarnecki said he hadn't been drinking and was coming from his friend's house in Midlothian, the report said. After failing field sobriety tests and being taken in to custody, Czarnecki told police he was coming home from the Blarney Stone Pub, the report added.  
  
Police blotter information is provided by the Oak Forest Police Department. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions taken 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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