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Man Charged with Endangering the Life of a Child

The following arrest information was supplied by the Lake Forest police department. It does not indicate a conviction.

The information below comes from the Lake Forest Police Department.

Endangering the life of a child

On Dec. 25, Ernesto Hernandez, 38, of Waukegan, was involved in a one‐car accident on Route 41 with two passengers, including a 10‐year‐old child, in the vehicle. None of the occupants was injured. Hernandez admitted to drinking and not having a valid driver’s license. He failed a preliminary breath test at the scene and all subsequent field sobriety testing at the station. Hernandez produced a breath sample showing a blood alcohol content of .186. He was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving while license revoked for DUI and endangering the life of a child. He was held overnight for a bond hearing at the main courthouse in Waukegan.  

Possession of alcohol by minor

Vicente Reyes, Melinda Tobias and Dimitrius Williams, all 19 and of Kenosha, Wisc., were the occupants of a vehicle stopped on Route 41 for speeding on Dec. 22. Numerous bottles of alcohol were located in the passenger compartment of the vehicle. All three teens admitted to drinking earlier in the evening. All were cited for possession of alcohol by a minor and released after posting bond.

Aggravated battery

On Dec. 21, officers responded to the west Lake Forest Train Depot for a report of a battery committed by an intoxicated train passenger on a Metra train stopped there. According to witnesses, Robert F. O’Leary, 50, of Libertyville, appeared intoxicated while riding and became upset when Metra employees told him he was on the wrong train. He refused Metra employee requests to calm down and was asked to leave the train when it stopped in Lake Forest. When exiting, he threw his bicycle at one Metra employee then punched a second worker. O’Leary was taken into custody, charged with Aggravated Battery and held overnight for a bond hearing at the main courthouse in Waukegan. Both Metra employees were transported by ambulance to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital for treatment.

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