Driver Strikes Parked Car, Then Calls Cops To Report His Car Damaged, Police Say

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Walter Ridley, 49, of Niles, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after a family in the 9200 block of Woodland Drive called police just after 7:30 a.m. Dec. 21 to say that their white Dodge Avenger, which was parked, had been hit during the overnight hours. The front driver's side had been damaged, and had red paint transfer and pieces of a red vehicle, including white and orange light covers.

At about 10:50 a.m., Ridley waved down an officer in the 9300 block of Washington, and pointed out his red car had damage, including white paint transfer, and the white and orange light covers were broken. Also, small red pieces which framed the light were missing. Ridley told police he parked his vehicle at 1 a.m. the previous night and just discovered the damage. Police said Ridley at first denied striking the white vehicle on Woodland, but later admitted he did it. 

Man who admitted having four beers charged with DUI

Travis Petrie, 42, of Westmont was charged with DUI Dec. 21 at 2:30 a.m. when an officer clocked him driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone of Dempster Street. The officer observed the odor of alcohol on Petrie's breath, according to the report, and asked him about alcohol; Petrie admitted having four beers at a bar. His court date is Jan. 15.  

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