Police Blotter: Traffic stop leads to obstruction of justice charge

Jeremy Margolis, Reporter

A 34-year-old man was arrested the morning of Jan. 7 in connection with obstruction of justice for providing a false name during a traffic stop, police said.

The man — a Chicago resident — was pulled over in the 1200 block of Austin Street for driving while using a cell phone without a hands-free device, said EPD communications coordinator Perry Polinski.

In the process of trying to identify the driver, the officer found that the driver had a warrant for failing to appear in court following a license suspension, Polinski said.

The driver is due in court on Feb. 26.

Chicago resident punched following drug dispute

A 48-year-old man reported he was punched in the eye Thursday afternoon following a disagreement with an acquaintance over drugs, police said.

The Chicago resident said he left a home in the 1700 block of Dodge Avenue but returned minutes later, Polinski said. The man with whom he had the disagreement — a 48-year-old Evanston resident — allegedly opened the front door and punched him in the eye, police added.

The victim had a minor laceration over his eye, Polinski said.

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