Figuratively speaking, Crystal F. Taborn didn't take things lying down after Naperville police arrested her friend for drunken driving.
But literally speaking, Taborn did take things lying down, sprawling on the grass near her friend's car and repeatedly calling 911 in angry protest of their plight, according to police.
Taborn's friend, Latoya D. Edwards, ended up being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane use. Taborn, for her trouble, was charged with disorderly conduct/making a false 911 call, being an intoxicated pedestrian walking on a roadway, and interfering with a city officer or employee.
Edwards and Taborn are 31 and live in Joliet. Between them, they received 43 traffic-related tickets between 1997 and 2008 for charges that included driving without licenses, driving without insurance and speeding, according to records on file in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet.
The women's latest misadventure unfolded about 2:38 a.m. Sunday. That was when a Naperville police officer on routine patrol duty curbed Edwards' black, 2014 Toyota Camry at Royce Road and Washington Street, near the River Woods neighborhood on the city's far southeast side.
Sgt. Lou Cammiso said Edwards "was pulled over for lane violations and discovered to be, apparently, under the influence" of alcohol. "Taborn, who was also reportedly intoxicated, was told she needed to call for a ride, as the car was being towed and she could not drive," Cammiso said Wednesday via e-mail.
Police summoned a taxicab for Taborn, "but prior to the cab arriving, she repeatedly called 911," Cammiso said.
A written police report stated Taborn "continually called 911" but did not indicate the number of times she allegedly did so. Cammiso said he did not know the content of those calls, other than Taborn each time was reputedly "relaying her displeasure with the police."
Taborn allegedly made at least some of the calls after getting out of the car and then lying down on a grassy median near the scene. Cammiso said she was charged with being an intoxicated pedestrian on a roadway because "she was laying in the grass on the side of the road and would not get up" after being told to do so by police.
Joliet police arrested Taborn on Dec. 28, 2006 for driving with a license that had been suspended or revoked between four and nine times, court records revealed. She pleaded guilty to that charge, and on April 15, 2008 was sentenced to 120 days in Will County Jail, placed on two years of conditional discharge and assessed fines and court costs totaling $490, records showed.
Taborn received a total of 30 tickets on different occasions between 1997 and 2007, according to records. Edwards was cited 13 times between 1999 and 2008, twice for driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street, records indicated.
Both women are free on bond and have arraignment dates pending in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.