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Rock out: Police catch Joliet man jamming in someone else’s Passat

Mark A. Martinez | Will County Sheriff's Office

Mark A. Martinez | Will County Sheriff's Office

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Updated: February 9, 2014 6:35AM



Cranking the car stereo at 3 a.m. in sub-zero temperatures gets you definite points for rocking out.

Waking up the stranger who owns the vehicle you’re doing it in gets you arrested, police said.

Will County Sheriff’s Deputies were called around 3 a.m. Tuesday to Oxford Place in Lockport Township, where the owner of a Volkswagen Passat was awakened by loud music coming from the driveway, according to spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer.

The arriving officers reported being able to hear music from the closed vehicle while they were still more than 100 feet from the driveway.

“He was blasting the stereo and tapping on the brake pedal, making the brake lights go on and off,” Hoffmeyer said.

Mark A. Martinez, 22, did not tell police why he was in the car.

The owner said the Passat had been left unlocked and deputies believe Martinez used a plug-in air freshener to engage the battery, reports said.

Hoffmeyer said Martinez refused to give his correct name when he spoke with deputies.

Martinez, of 413 State St. in Joliet, was charged with criminal trespassing, marijuana possession, disorderly conduct and obstructing justice.



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