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Illionis Gang member with 29 prior convictions is arrested again

January 4, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Illionis Gang member with 29 prior convictions is arrested again

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A 32-year-old gang member with a lengthy rap sheet, which includes a total of 29 prior arrests and convictions found himself JammedUp with the law once again after getting pulled over by cops in Riverside, Illinois early Sunday morning.

Police arrested Joseph J. Caliendo, of Bolingbrook, Illinois and hit him with a litany of charges including felony aggravated DUI, felony aggravated driving with a revoked license, misdemeanor DUI, possession of open alcohol, speeding, and improper lane use.

According to the Riverside Police Department, Caliendo’s car was swerving while driving 57 MPH in a 35 MPH zone, hitting a curb then jumping back into traffic. Motorists were forced to move out of the way because of his erratic driving.

The police officer who pulled stopped Caliendo said not only did he detected a strong smell of alcohol coming from his breath, He witnessed cocaine powder on his nose and upper lip, and found a 40 ounce of beer in the back of the car

“When the officer asked the driver to get out of the car, he was so heavily intoxicated, he was constantly slurring his words and couldn’t understand a word he was saying,” the release said.

Naturally, the one-man episode of cops failed all field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.

When Caliendo, who is on parole, arrived at the Riverside Police Department, officers learned that he had a revoked license and numerous past convictions for DUI, driving with a revoked license, and was stopped and ticketed nine times for driving with a license revoked.

Caliendo has additional felonies on his impressive resume including drug dealing, assault, invasion of privacy, burglary, robbery, obstruction of justice, theft and of course, traffic offenses.

And to boot, he admitted to authorities that he was a documented member of a street gang.

Because of the recent charges, the Illinois Department of Corrections was contacted and asked to revoke Caliendo’s parole. However, lucky for him, the IDOC refused to do so, according to police.

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said in a release: “The defendant, in this case, Mr. Caliendo, should have never been eligible to possess even a motor vehicle to drive. He is a habitual offender and as such should be in prison,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said in a release.

He added, “I cannot imagine why our request was denied seeing that he is a habitual felony DUI offender, I certainly hope Mr. Caliendo is convicted, goes to prison and is never able to get his license back.

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