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Eight Underage Suspects Charged in Alcohol-Related Cases

The Hinsdale Police Department reported four separate incidents of illegal possession or consumption of alcohol in a two-day span.

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The Hinsdale Police Department reported four incidents related to underage consumption or possession of alcohol that occurred May 18 and May 19.

Three of the incidents occurred near the intersection of 55th Street and Garfield Avenue, where officers were carrying out funded with federal money, Deputy Chief Mark Wodka said.

Wodka said such seat belt initiatives often lead to other charges, such as underage consumption, DUI, and drug possession. The Memorial Day initiative runs through May 28.

Unlawful consumption of alcohol—Three underage suspects were charged with drug- or alcohol-related offenses after their vehicle was stopped by officers working a seat belt enforcement detail near the intersection of 55th Street and Garfield Avenue at 12:43 a.m. May 18 and two passengers were observed to be under the influence of alcohol.

Brian C. Orrick, 19, of 8250 Steepleside Dr. in Burr Ridge, and John M. Lozier, 19, of 340 E. 8th St. in Hinsdale, were the passengers observed to be under the influence of alcohol. They were both charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol; Orrick was also charged with failure to wear a seat belt.

During a search of the driver, 18-year-old Kevin R. Gustafson of 320 56th St. in Clarendon Hills, police found what they believed to be drug paraphernalia. Gustafson was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three suspects were released to appear in court.

Illegal possession of alcohol—At 2:01 a.m. May 18 near 55th and Garfield, three underage suspects were charged with alcohol-related offenses after their vehicle was stopped by Hinsdale Police officers working seat belt detail and, again, two passengers were observed to be under the influence of alcohol.

Oleg Mateychenko, 20, of 455 Old Surrey Rd. in Hinsdale, and Giana J. Gutierrez, 18, of 11049 W 72nd St. in Indian Head Park, were the passengers observed to be under the influence. They were both charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol by a person under 21; Gutierrez was also charged with failure to wear a seat belt.

An open bottle of alcohol was allegedly in plain view during the traffic stop and the driver, 20-year-old Nicholas K. Brasseur of 549 Ridgemoor Dr. in Willowbrook, was charged with illegal transportation of alcohol by a person under 21.

All three suspects were released to appear in court.

Illegal possession of alcohol—John R. Ellis, of 310 Ridge Ave. in Clarendon Hills, was charged with unlawful consumption of alcohol after a vehicle that he was a passenger in was stopped by Hinsdale Police officers working a seat belt enforcement detail near 55th and Garfield at 2:34 a.m. May 19 and he was observed to be under the influence of alcohol.

Ellis, 20, was charged with failure to wear a seat belt in addition to unlawful consumption and was released to a parent.

Illegal possession of alcohol—A 16-year-old male juvenile from River Forest was charged with illegal possession of alcohol after he was allegedly observed wearing dark clothes and running between residential homes in the early morning hours of May 19 and then located by police at Brook Park and observed to be under the influence of alcohol at 2:46 a.m.

The suspect was one of two males that were seen running in the neighborhood; the other was not located by police. In addition to illegal possession of alcohol by a minor, the suspect was charged with violation of curfew and criminal trespass to state-supported land. He was released to a parent.

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