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Suspects damage business trying to break into store

By Melanie Ruberti

melanie.ruberti@lagrangenews.com

 

Suspects damage business trying to break into store

LaGrange Police are searching for two suspects caught on camera allegedly trying to break into the Pawn Express store at 400 Hines Street just before 11 p.m. Sunday night.

The business’ surveillance system showed the two suspects approach the store carrying book bags with bandanas covering their faces, the report stated.

The suspects appear to use a hammer to break out two windows, according to the video and police report.

But the windows have metal bars across the them which prevented the suspects from entering the store, the report stated.

The cost to repair both windows was estimated at $1,000.

Police are investigating.

DUI arrests

  • One woman was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after she collided head on with another car on New Franklin Road in front of the Dairy Queen just after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

A witness told LaGrange Police the woman was traveling in a Chrysler 300M and was weaving in and out of traffic, plus speeding past other cars, the report stated.

The driver entered a center turn lane on New Franklin Road and slammed into Ford F150 that was waiting to turn left into the Dairy Queen, according to the report.

A LaGrange police officer smelled the odor of alcohol on the woman’s breath, the report said. She subsequently failed a field sobriety test.

The driver was charged with DUI less safe, reckless driving and failure to maintain lane.

  • One man was arrested for driving under the influence when he slammed his car into a telephone pole in the 400 block of Bacon Street just before 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

A witness told LaGrange Police the driver then fell asleep in the passenger seat of his car, according to the report.

An officer stated he smelled an odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle when he approached the driver, the report stated.

The driver allegedly admitted to the police he had, “three, four or five beers,” the report said.

The man failed a field sobriety test and blew a .132 into the Breathalyzer.

Officers also discovered suspected marijuana shavings in the front seat of the vehicle, according to the report.

The driver was charged with driving under the influence per se, driving under the influence less safe, failure to maintain lane, possession of marijuana and driving while license is suspended – all misdemeanors.

  • A woman was taken into custody for driving while under the influence and crashing her SUV in front of the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 955 Lafayette Parkway just before 9 p.m. on Saturday.

A witness to the accident told LaGrange Police officers the driver of the SUV turned into the Walmart parking lot at a high rate of speed, according to the report.

The driver hit a curb and one wheel flew off the vehicle and into some nearby woods, the report stated. The SUV continued towards the store at a high rate of speed and stopped after hitting a second curb, the witness allegedly told police.

Officers stated they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver when they approached her, the report said.

She failed a field sobriety test and blew a .141 into the Breathalyzer, according to the report.

LaGrange Police also discovered an open can of cold, Bud Light beer, they stated.

The driver was arrested and charged with DUI, driving while unlicensed and driving too fast for conditions.

 

All information in this report is gathered from official law enforcement and public safety reports and releases. It is the policy of the Daily News to list the names of people charged with felonies.

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