"He said he was drunk—just arrest me," Roechner said.
Officers took Ricardo Guerrero, 21, of 225 Creekside Drive, Bolingbrook, into custody following a you've-got-to-see-this-to-believe-it type of incident they observed at 1:32 a.m. Saturday outside Trebol de Cuatro, a Joliet bar located at 950 Collins St., Roechner said.
Guerrero was charged with DUI, violation of seatbelt laws, unsafe backing on the roadway, driving on the sidewalk, driving on a revoked license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, driving with a BAC of more than .08 and criminal damage to property (between $300 and $10,000)—a felony—Roechner said.
"What happened is the officers on patrol in the area observed Mr. Guerrero's vehicle—it was facing eastbound, blocking north and southbound traffic on Collins," Roechner said. "He kept backing up and pulling forward, backing up and pulling forward.
"So, they made a stop. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt. When he exited the vehicle, he almost fell on the ground. He was staggering."
Minutes earlier, Guerrero drove his vehicle into the bar itself, causing damage to the stucco exterior, Roechner said.
"He told the officers he was kicked out of the bar because he was too drunk," Roechner said. "He told the officers he already had struck the building once and that he was trying to hit it again because they kicked him out. A brilliant man.
"He then told the officers he was on parole from two previous DUIs. He said he didn't have insurance. He said he was drunk—just arrest me."