11-Year Veteran Of Riverside Police Makes 600th DUI Arrest

Steve Miller
November 02, 2018 - 7:35 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- West suburban Riverside is praising an 11-year veteran of the police department who has just made his 600th DUI arrest.

Riverside Police Officer Brian Greenenwald, 33, made his 600th DUI arrest last Thursday since starting with the department in 2007.

On Oct. 25, Officer Greenenwald observed a vehicle southbound on Harlem from Ogden traveling at high speed. According to Riverside Police, he confirmed the vehicle was traveling at 52 miles per hour, in a posted 30 mile per hour speed zone, on his in-car radar unit. When he attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver began to make illegal lane changes and stopped in the 3900 block of Harlem Avenue when they pulled off the roadway into a parking lot.

The driver, now identified as Jessica E. Rodriguez, had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath but denied drinking. Jessica E. Rodriguez failed all roadside field sobriety testing and was arrested for drunk driving. She was also cited for speeding and improper lane usage.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel stated, “What's significant about the arrest of Jessica Rodriguez, is that it’s another impaired driver removed from our roadways by Officer Greenenwald, a state certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). He's specially trained to recognize alcohol and drug impaired driving and has gone through hundreds of hours of training to do his job efficiently.”

Officer Greenenwald said as the years have gone by since he joined the department as a rookie in 2007, the number of DUI arrests he's made has changed.

"Definitely fewer.  I think between rideshares, and hopefully some of the publicity and advertising from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the Illinois Department of Transportation, hopefully people are getting the idea that there's better options than driving impaired."

Officer Greenenwald said the number of crashes they respond to hasn't changed, but the number of DUI-related crashes has changed.

"I think, by the end of the year, we're going to be down - my guess - probably 25- to 30-percent this year from years past.  Which is great," he said.