Traffic charges in Riverside

Booking photos of two men charge with traffic offenses in Riverside: Darius D. Johnson and Michael Velazquez (from left) (Photos from Riverside Police Department)

Police didn't have to look far to find a motorist from Chicago who ran five lights in front of an on-duty police officer following him early Thursday in west suburban Riverside, police said.

Michael Velazquez, 21, of the city's Ravenswood neighborhood, was behind the wheel of a 2000 Hyundai when he drove past a fully marked squad car – and through a red light – at about 2:25 a.m. Thursday at Harlem Avenue and Burlington Street, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

Velazquez was still traveling south on Harlem when he ran through four more lights at Stanley Avenue, Windsor Avenue, East Quincy Street, and 34th Street before he fled when the officer tried to pull him over. The officer caught up with him in the 300 block of Olmstead Road where he tried to enter a friend's home, police said.

When asked for his driver’s license Velazquez said: "You people took it for a previous offense," police said in the release. He was taken into custody after fighting with police, and officers found he did have a valid license. His blood alcohol level was measured at 0.153, police said. The legal limit is 0.08.

Velasquez, of the 1600 block of West Wilson Avenue, was charged with two counts of DUI and five counts of disobeying a traffic control device. He was cited with multiple other traffic violations, police said.

In a separate incident earlier the same morning, another Chicago man, Darius D. Johnson, 35, of the 5400 block of West Augusta Boulevard on the West Side, was taken into custody and charged with driving on a revoked license after he drove around partially lowered train gates when lights were activated about 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

Johnson was also cited with disobeying a traffic control signal.

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