19-year-old Tries to Flee Cops During Arrest

Beer can prompts Deerfield police to confront group after-hours at park.

Police were on patrol near around 1 a.m. June 25 when they spotted five cars in the parking lot and a beer can thrown on the ground nearby.

While running the vehicles' license plates, officers said a group of five females approached the cars from a home in the 900 block of Alden Court. The officers then approached the group.

According to the police report, the group of teenagers told officers no one had been drinking and didn't know anything about the beer can on the ground.

Police checked the females for indications of intoxication, reporting that Bridget O'Brien and Marie Smiley, both 19 and Deerfield residents, showed signs of being drunk and their breath smelled of alcohol. 

Officers asked the two detained teens to take a sobriety breath test at the scene--to which O'Brien refused and Smiley agreed. While officers were preparing Smiley's test, authorities said O'Brien took off running.

However, officers caught O'Brien a short time later and pushed her to the ground and handcuffed her.

O'Brien was arrested and charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. The breath test showed Smiley had a blood alcohol content level of .127, she was arrested and charged with underage drinking as well as being in possession of a fake identification after officers found a Pennsylvania driver's license in her wallet.

Both girls posted a $150 cash bond. Their court dates are scheduled for July 15.  

Linda Lou July 06, 2011 at 11:32 AM
The phrase is "breath test" - not "BREATHE test" !!!!
Linda Lou July 06, 2011 at 11:33 AM
The phrase is "breath test" - NOT "breathe test" !!!
RonnieTheLimoDriver July 06, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Good lesson to her not to run from the police.
Lynn July 06, 2011 at 01:33 PM
If one of the teens who had been drinking was the driver and was found to be legally drunk, then there should be very serious consequences. However, if the teens who were arrested were simply passengers, then what is the big deal? Yes, they're underage, but they were not causing any harm to themselves, others, or disturbing the peace in the neighborhood. I don't know these girls, but in my opinion, if they're old enough to vote, and old enough to fight for our country, then they should be old enough to have a few beers on a holiday weekend. I would venture to guess that these teens are good students, good people, and are on summer break from college.
RonnieTheLimoDriver July 06, 2011 at 02:27 PM
While I happen to agree with you, that is not the law. The police have to enforce the law and the citizens need to follow it. The drinking age is controlled by the state and not Deerfield, and I dont see it changing any time soon.
Sarah July 07, 2011 at 03:13 AM
While I appreciate your kind wording and ability to make our loyal officers look like heroes, I believe there are some faults that need to be identified. Clearly the teenage girls are at fault for underage drinking. But why stop there? I would like to further look into the fault of the arresting officer(s). Due to close relations with multiple parties involved in this arrest, I feel I will more than adequately be able to plea my case. When Ms. O'Brien ran, was it really necessary for the officer to "push her to the ground" (aka tackle her to the ground)? Probably not. Seeing as the officers were confident of her intoxication, due to her actions and smell, I think it would've been much more justified to simply stop her without so much force. Also, why was it these girls were cuffed and brought to the station? Maybe, due to Ms. O'Brien's actions her arrest was required but what about Ms. Smiley? Shouldn't she just have been issued a ticket on site? Instead she was taken to the station in cuffs to be further searched, interrogated, and punished. Yes, these girls were in the wrong and that always makes a great story, but I would like to see writers like yourself dig a little deeper. Instead of reporting on the carefully written report provided by the biased police station, why not take a further look into what has actually occurred? This particular case may not be the best example, but in the future you may be surprised as to what you will find!
RonnieTheLimoDriver July 07, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Sarah, do you know any police officers? They should have the right to make it home safely to see THEIR families each day. How was the officer to know O'Brien didn’t have some weapon or intend to resist, given that she was intoxicated? She already had ran, and police are trained in those situations to do exactly what this officer did, bring them down hard to the ground and quickly cuff them. If O'Brien wanted to be treated like a nice young lady that I am sure she is, then she should have acted like one, not run away like a common criminal. Ever watch COPS? Every time somebody runs, they get taken down, hard. If you don't want that to happen, don't run. I bet O'Brien learned her lesson. Police found a fake ID on Smiley. That is not a minor offense. The police in those situations absolutely should and do bring those suspects to the station for processing. This is not a simple traffic offense; and you dont just get a ticket and then get let go. It can be considered a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison, if she is charged under federal law. Likely the police went easy on her and charged her with a misdemeanor. Also, if they just let her go, how is she supposed to get home? This is PATCH, not the NY Times, and this isnt a big story. The journalists arent going to go talk to the victims in each of these cases to get their side. Also, if the arrested (and their friends) are smart, they wont be talking as this will only help the prosecution.
Pedro B July 07, 2011 at 06:02 PM
I'm curious to know what the more conservative folks posting comments here think an appropriate drinking age is in this country? Why shouldn't a 19 year old college aged adult be able to drink legally? It's part of the problem here.
RonnieTheLimoDriver July 07, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Im not sure if you think Im conservative or not, but I think the age should be 18, because we should be consistent about the age we consider "Adult". However, there are tons of statistics that show when the national drinking age was raised from 18 to 21 there was a significant decrease in the amount of alcohol related traffic deaths. That is why the federal government only gives highway funds to states that keep the age at 21. The other argument is that by lowering it to 18, you are effectively making alcohol available to people below that age, because if high school seniors can buy, they will get alcohol for younger people at school. I happen to also believe that certain drugs, such as marijuana, should be legalized and taxed. Reason being is I don't see a difference between legal drugs like alcohol and illegal ones like pot, and the drug war costs too much money. Thing is, none of those opinions are relevant. It is illegal, and as I said, the Police or the Village don't get to decide to not enforce the law, as they would open themselves up to serious litigation. Lets not forget about the fact O'Brien fled from Police, and Smiley possessed a Fake ID. Both of those offenses are serious and will never be legal. They both got off light. They could have been charged with additional serious crimes like Resisting / Eluding a Police Officer, Obstructing Identification, Disorderly Conduct, and violation of local ordinances such as drinking in the park, littering, etc.
RonnieTheLimoDriver July 07, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Im surprised at the number of people on this board taking the side of the people who broke the law over the Police. I can't help but wonder, if these were young men instead of women, would you feel differently? How about if they were from outside Deerfield, say the South Side of Chicago? Justice is supposed to be blind, and while Im sure these are great girls, the police need to treat them the same. The Judge can decide the appropriate punishment based on their record.
mommac July 07, 2011 at 08:37 PM
I dont know either party, and as a conservative mother, I am still on the side of the girls. We all drank when we were in college, yes it is illegal, but it is apart of society today. The importance is to teach our kids to be responsible and smart about situatioins. These girls were smart in the fact that they had a sober driver and were going home at a resonable time, it is sad that they are getting punished for being intelligent young women. And yes, O'Brien did flee from the police, but I'm sure she was extremely scared. These are young girls, that in my opinion, made a mistake and should have gotten a slap on the wrists but not charges that will stay on their record.
RonnieTheLimoDriver July 07, 2011 at 10:27 PM
How do you know they had a sober driver if you dont know them? I drank in college too. However I didn’t drink at a park, and I didn’t run from police. Im sure all criminals are scared when they are caught but that doesn’t make it right. The police dont get to decide the punishment, that is up to the judge. Please tell me exactly how the police should have handled it? What if they were 18 and still in high school, would it still be ok? If I remember correctly one of the parties involved in the recent Hutsell case was 19. If you dont like the law, then you should speak to your IL Rep about getting it changed. Feel free to contact Karen May's office, but I don't think you will find much traction.
soy vol July 08, 2011 at 06:30 AM
No sympathy can be given to these kids. They know that they are breaking the law. The problem is, kids do not want to take responsibility for their actions, and this isn’t a minor problem in the Deerfield area but a major one. A good amount of young Deerfield residences believe that their parents will bail them out of any problem, with an expensive lawyer, of course. So how can we make the most out of this? I may not be a taxpayer yet due to the fact that I’m still a minor, but I see a win-win situation here. Raise the fines for illegal activity. This will result either less crime due to the fact that consequences are harsher, or more income for the city in which the fines can help lower taxes. So only 2 out of the 5 girls were intoxicated? I bet all 5 of them had alcohol in their systems.
RonnieTheLimoDriver July 08, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Congrats to your parents for raising a kid with some smarts and personal responsibility.
Harmony July 08, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Seriously. Nice to see a minor with that POV. Well done. I hope there are more out there like you.
Sossy July 08, 2011 at 06:22 PM
I can't believe this is actually a "story" - this should have been a two line police blotter item. How hard up is Deerfield for news that such a long article was written, complete with "police chase"?! Ridiculous. These kids broke the law and made judgment errors, for which they will be appropriately punished. Why drag their names through the mud with all this sensationalism? Someone told me about this "news site" and I had to see for myself if it was as dumb as it sounded. It is. This was my first and last visit to this site.
panda July 10, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Only 2 of the girls had alcohol in their systems. Don't you think the police would have tested all of the girls if 2 of them were drunk? They also had a sober driver. They were not drinking in the park. Ronnie, I agree that it was against the law, and I assure you that they've learned their lessons. It is sad that this article was written, because it is simply unnecessary. It adds to the embarrassment of the whole situation, and fuels gossip where it doesn't need to be fueled. These girls are also not ones that fall into the stereotype of believing that "their parents will bail them out of any problem, with an expensive lawyer, of course". They are hard working girls and need to work hard the rest of the summer to pay their price.
RonnieTheLimoDriver July 10, 2011 at 09:49 PM
@panda, all crimes are reported in the blotter in the deerfield review, so even if this article had not been published, they would have still been embarrassed. While it is embarrassing to the people who committed the crime, its just how it works. This is not just in deerfield.
Michelle July 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM
You are right, it is up to the judge. So maybe you should stop passing judgment on them. I do know these girls. They are good people, and just like every other teenager in Deerfield, they were partying, and enjoying their summer home from college. They just happened to be the unlucky ones who got caught. You, however, do not know them, but you have no problem judging people you don't know, based on some police report written by the ever-reliable Deerfield Patch, in which BREATH was spelled wrong. Honestly, I think you should just stick to what you know, Limos. In fact, I'll call you next time I've been drinking and could use a ride.


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