Blotter: Lake Forest Driver, Passenger Face Drug Charges

Reports from Lake Bluff, Bannockburn police departments.


The following incidents are among the official reports of the Bannockburn and . Readers are reminded that an arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.


Driving Under the Influence

Bradley Preston, 21, of Lake Forest, was arrested June 21 on charges of driving under the influence (drugs), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding, according to Bannockburn police. Officers spotted Preston driving a white sport utility vehicle turning left from Half Day Road onto northbound Waukegan Road, according to the report. Police stopped Preston when he was clocked driving 57 mph in a 45 mph zone and weaving within the lane boundaries. According to the report, the officer smelled “a strong odor of fresh and burnt cannabis. Preston failed field sobriety tests. He was released on his own recognizance and will appear in Lake County Criminal Court at 9 a.m. July 27 in Waukegan.

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Brandon Marx, 21, of Lake Bluff, was arrested June 21 on a charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Bannockburn police.

Marx was a passenger in the vehicle with Preston, according to the report. Police found a glass smoking pipe on the floor of the vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance and will appear in Lake County Criminal Court at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 7 in Park City.


No Valid License, Speeding

Juan Briseno, 22, of Lake Bluff, was charged with speeding, no driver's license and no insurance at 3:33 p.m. June 22 near Sheridan Road and Scranton Avenue. Briseno was clocked at 50 mph in a 40 mph zone. He posted bond pending an Aug. 7 court date in Park City.

Retail Theft

A 17- to 20-inch necklace was stolen from a business in the 70 block of East Scranton Avenue between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 22. The necklace had multiple orange stones, and was removed from a mannequin. The value was $150.

Criminal Damage

An employee of a business in the 100 block of South Waukegan Road reported vehicle damage at 5:05 p.m. June 21. The employee parked on the north side of the building and found her car had been keyed on the driver's side and passenger's side between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Damage was estimated at $1,500.


A brown and blue leather Britton purse was stolen between 3 and 5 p.m. June 19 from an office in the 100 block of South Waukegan Road. The report was filed at 8:29 a.m. June 20. The purse, valued at $150, contained three credit cards that were used to make purchases at gas stations. Also lost were an Illinois driver's license, an ATM card, $150 cash, and a small Canon digital camera valued at $200.


A woman reported two rings missing from the 70 block of South Waukegan Road at 12:22 p.m. June 21. One was a diamond platinum engagement ring and the second was a white gold eternity band with a combined value of $5,300. The woman said she left for work June 15 and remembers taking the rings off to wash her hands in her bathroom and has not been able to find the rings since.

Identity Theft

A resident of the 300 block of Belle Forte Drive reported his Chase Bank checking account and two Chase Visa cards had been compromised at 11:32 a.m. June 20. He said Chase had sent an email indicating its website had been compromised, and the resident noted $1,200 had been removed from his checking account. In addition, two Chase Visa cards had been used to charge $600 to $800 from a foreign site, and the second was used to charge $600 to $800 from an unknown location.

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