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Speeding Driver Wanted To 'Get To Store Before Midnight,' Charged With DUI, Police Say

Also, an employee is charged with stealing long underwear. An arrest is merely an accusation, not evidence of a conviction.


Colleen McCormack, 33, of Des Plaines, was charged with DUI Dec. 15 at 11:58 p.m., when police observed her traveling 64 mph in a 35 mph zone of westbound Dempster Street and go through a red light at Greenwood Avenue, they said. 

McCormack told police she was just trying to get to the store before it closed at midnight, according to the report. While the officer was writing her a ticket, she was on the phone yelling at the person she was talking to.

Police said due to her glassy eyes, scent of alcohol and erratic mood, they asked her to perform field sobriety tests, on which she showed impairment. During the tests, she said, "I'm not drunk, I ain’t under no influence." McCormack was cited for speeding and disobeying red light, and her court date is Feb. 3 in the Skokie branch of the Cook County courts.

Employee takes long underwear without paying

Chiquita Yates, 29, of Des Plaines was charged with retail theft Dec. 15 at a Golf Mill Shopping Center store where she works. Police said a store security agent saw her take a pair of men's thermal underwear, place it in a bag and exit the store without paying. On another occasion, on Nov. 29, according to the report, security agents said she processed a customer return, which generated a gift card for $76.45, which she kept for herself and used. She used her employee ID number, which allowed security to track the activity.  Her court date is Jan. 23 in Skokie. 

Missing teen charged with theft, returned to group home

Toni McChristion, 26, of N. Talman Ave., Chicago, was charged with retail theft Dec. 15 at a store in the 5600 block of Touhy Avenue. Police aid he concealed merchandise in a jacket pocket and left the store without paying for it. Police discovered from a National Crime Information Center database he was a missing/endangered adult, and returned him to his group home. His court date is Jan. 23 in Skokie. 

Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports.

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