Man got locked in forest preserve, then arrested on cocaine charge
CRETE — A man carrying cocaine in his car ended up calling the cops on himself Thursday night in a forest preserve, police said.
Will County Forest Preserve Lt. Tracy Phillips said an officer drove through the Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve before locking the gate for the night and didn’t see any vehicles inside.
But around 8:30 p.m., sheriff’s police said Christopher A. Pilarski, 38, had called them to ask if someone could open the gate since his blue Dodge Durango was stuck inside, according to Phillips.
“The same (forest preserve) officer went back and asked Pilarski where he had been and he admitted he was driving on the trails,” Phillips said.
Motor vehicles are not allowed on the trails, but a possible ticket would appear to be the least of Pilarski’s concerns as the interview continued.
“The officer was given consent to search the vehicle and found a bag containing 19.6 grams of cocaine under the stereo console,” Phillips said.
Pilarski, of 653 Melrose Lane in Beecher, was arrested on a charge of drug possession and booked into the county jail.