A Niles West High School wrestling coach was arrested for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence of alcohol on Saturday.
Matthew Hampton, 52, of the 1200 block of Sherman Avenue in Evanston, told police he "just got back from Moscow and that is why I was drinking White Russians," according to the report.
Officers observed Hampton sitting in his Jeep Wrangler for more than 30 minutes at a parking lot behind Village Inn, 8050 Lincoln Ave., before approaching his vehicle.
At one point, Hampton tried to pull out of the parking space even though a squad car was at his rear. Police had to yell, "Stop! My squad car is right behind you!" to prevent him from hitting their vehicle, according to the report.
The department's only K-9 unit was also on the scene, and aided officers in finding more than 3 grams of marijuana as well as a "white ceramic smoking pipe," according to the report.
When asked if he was still under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Hampton responded, "Well, maybe the alcohol," according to the report.
Hampton had a blood alcohol content level of .185 and was charged with driving over the legal limit (.08), possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 19.
Hampton coached at Niles North for several years before he moved on to Niles West. At the time of publication, District 219 was unavailable for comment.
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