Driver Charged in DUI Mistakes Manual for DL
Police had to ask him three times for his driver's license, because he handed over his car manual instead. An arrest is merely an accusation, not evidence of a conviction.
Bartek Bieszczad, 21, of Park Ridge was charged with DUI March 3 just after 2 a.m. when police observed him driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 8600 block of Milwaukee Avenue, they said.
They followed him and stopped him in the 8300 block of Merrill. When the officer asked for his driver's license and insurance card, Bieszczad handed them the car manual for his vehicle, according to the report. Police said they observed the odor of alcohol on his breath. The officer asked again for a driver's license and insurance card and Bieszczad handed over his bank card. After the officer asked again for a driver's license, Bieszczad handed over his driver's license, insurance card, bank card and the car manual, according to the report.
When asked if he had had anything to drink, he replied, "Not now, but earlier," and explained he had had one beer and one glass of cognac with cola, the report indicated. Police said Bieszczad showed impairment on field sobriety tests. He was taken into custody, booked, processed and released on an I-bond pending his court date. He was also cited for speeding.
Attempted burglary occurs
A 68-year-old Niles man reported he was at work March 2 when he received a phone call from his alarm company saying the alarm had been activated at his home in the 8600 block of Stolting. He returned home and found someone had tried to forcibly enter the home but had not succeeded. Police are investigating.
While checking his bank account online March 3, a Park Ridge man, 45, discovered eight unauthorized ATM withdrawals he did not make. His bank told him to report it to police. Police said the withdrawals were made at locations in Niles and Morton Grove on Feb. 25 and 26, amounting to $3,124. The victim said he still had the ATM card in his possession, and will be willing to sign complaints.
Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports.