By Megan Dooley
A member of the volunteer River Forest Traffic and Safety Commission was arrested by Riverside police late last month on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Attorney Brian J. O'Hara, a River Forest resident, was stopped by a patrol officer at 25th and Harlem in Berwyn at just after 3 a.m. on March 26 for driving erratically. According to the police report, O'Hara's Mercedes Benz sport utility vehicle was spotted weaving in traffic and failing to maintain its lane.
The report said the Riverside officer then pulled O'Hara over and detected a strong odor of alcohol when O'Hara rolled down the window to hand the officer his driver's license. At first, O'Hara refused a field sobriety test. "The subject then related that he is an attorney and that he is on the River Forest Traffic Safety Commission and that he does not want to incriminate himself," read the police report.
O'Hara eventually agreed to the field sobriety test, and was taken into custody after showing multiple indications of impairment.
When contacted about the incident, River Forest police Sgt. Michael Thornley, who acts as the staff liaison to the Traffic and Safety Commission, said that he had not heard about the arrest, and could not comment on the incident because the arrest was made by another department.
Village Administrator Eric Palm also said he had not heard about the incident. "This is the first I'm hearing of it," he said. "I would say, at this point, that the village has no comment on it."
Calls to O'Hara about the incident were not immediately returned.