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DUI Charge Follows Car-on-Tree Crash

Western Springs police reports, Dec. 23-29.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 28

Driver Hits Tree Before DUI Stop


Michael S. Hecker, 51, of the 4200 block of North Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, was charged with DUI after he was observed to be under the influence of alcohol when police tracked him down in the 300 block of Burlington Avenue at 9:31 p.m. following a one-car accident he caused, police said.

Hecker allegedly struck a tree in the 4500 block of Harvey Avenue, police said, then fled westbound on Burlington before officers caught up with him.

In addition to two counts of DUI, Hecker was charged with failing to report an accident. He was released on bond to appear in court.

The tree was not damaged and there were no injuries reported.

FRIDAY, DEC. 27

No Valid Driver's License


Cesar J. Garcia, 43, of the 800 block of Bishop Avenue, Aurora, was charged with driving without a valid license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, and speeding, police said, after a 10:57 a.m. traffic stop in the 3900 block of Woodland Avenue.

He was released on bond to appear in court.

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Teri D. Springer January 09, 2014 at 04:26 PM
Just a tip to Mr Garcia and anyone else out there who would be tempted to drive without a license, without insurance, while transporting contraband.....it's a good idea to observe and obey all traffic laws. Getting pulled over when you are already breaking the law is just stupid.....LOL.

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