Three people were issued compliance tickets after they were allegedly caught by police officers at Pilcher Park Nature Center after dark and were inside of a car that smelled of burnt marijuana, authorities said.
Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, officers were on patrol at Pilcher Park, 2501 Highland Park Drive, in the west parking lot, Joliet Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said in an email. The officers then reportedly came across three people in a Toyota.
As the officers approached the car, they allegedly smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the car, Gregory said. Officers then met with Joseph Imbo, 24, of the 300 block of Water Street, Joliet, who was the driver of the Toyota car.
The officers also met with the passengers in the car, who were Nicholas R. Herron, 28, of the 2300 block of Lynwood Street, Crest Hill, and a 15-year-old boy, Gregory said.
All three were given compliance tickets charging them with being in the park after dusk. They were then released on the scene, he said.
“There are signs clearly (posted) noting park restrictions to entry after dusk,” Gregory said.
Imbo, Herron and the boy are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 28.
The hours of operation at Pilcher Park are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily between June and August, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily between September and May, according to the park district's website.