One day before the owner of an Oak Lawn bar agreed with the village on a series of modifications designed to prevent underage drinking at his tavern, a manager of his bar was charged with drunken driving and possession of a controlled substance, Oak Lawn police said.
Jillian M. Lindquist, 30, an Oak Lawn resident and a manager at TC Pub, 9700 S. Cicero Ave., also was charged with speeding, no insurance, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and illegal transportation of alcohol following a Jan. 5 stop at 105th Street and Pulaski Road, police said.
Mayor Sandra Bury, who also serves as the village’s liquor commissioner, said she is “very, very concerned” about the incident, which was not brought to her attention before the Jan. 6 liquor commission hearing involving TC Pub.
At that hearing, Robert Olson, the bar’s owner, was fined $250 for being open after hours on Dec. 13 and $1,000 because cocaine was found in the office of the establishment when police responded to a disturbance that night. Olson apologized at the hearing for everything that happened that night.
Olson could not be reached for comment about the Jan. 5 arrest.
The agreement between Olson and the village calls on him to enforce an employee code of conduct as well as a drug-free workplace policy. It also requires employees to complete the state’s Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training program.
Bury said it was likely Olson knew about the incident before the liquor commission hearing.
“He had to have known, being a DUI attorney. I’m sure she called him,” Bury said.
The mayor said she sent Olson a letter asking for his response to the incident.
“I’m hoping he’ll tell me there was corrective action,” she said. “His response will determine my next step.”
Police spotted Lindquist’s car swerving on eastbound 103rd Street at 2:36 a.m. according to reports. The squad car activated its emergency lights but Lindquist sped up, police said. She turned right at 103rd Street and Pulaski Road and stopped near 105th Street.
Lindquist’s speech was slurred and she allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, reports said. She denied she was drinking, but police found an empty bottle of hard apple cider in her car, they said. Police also found a partial pill, later identified as Amphetamine, in her wallet.
Lindquist said the odor of alcohol existed because she was a bartender. She denied that she sped up when police activated the patrol car lights. She refused to undergo field sobriety tests or chemical testing at the police station, police said.