Coach who accused JRW of cheating charged with public intoxication, assault

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Little League coach Chris Janes, 39, was charged with several misdemeanors, including public intoxication and assault. | Evergreen Park Police photo

Chris Janes, the Evergreen Park Little League coach who blew the whistle on the Jackie Robinson West national champions, is deeply sorry and embarrassed for a drunken exploit that got him arrested.

The 39-year-old was charged with several misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, after an incident early Tuesday, Evergreen Park Police said.

Police said it began about 1 a.m. Tuesday when Janes ran after a woman who was getting out of her car in the 9100 block of Utica in the south suburb.

“When she got out of her car, he ran towards her, but she was able to get inside,” Evergreen Park Police Capt. Pete Donovan said. Janes then began “banging and pounding on the door” of the house. When the woman’s husband answered, Janes “started screaming and yelling and cursing and seeming like he wanted to fight,” Donovan said.

Police were called and they found Janes walking down the street and his arm was bleeding. He would not cooperate with police, Donovan said.

“He would not give his name and was being belligerent, both with officers and paramedics who arrived to treat him,” Donovan said.

Janes said his memory of the incident is fuzzy.

“I had too much to drink,” he said.

He said he had been out drinking and was watching the Blackhawks game. He was making his way home when he “tried to get into someone’s house thinking it was mine.”

Janes was eventually handcuffed and taken to the police station, where he was charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest and obstructing an officer for not providing his name, Donovan said. He also was cited on town code violations of public intoxication and using threatening or vulgar language. He was released on bond, police said.

Janes said he didn’t know the people whose door he was banging on. And although he admits he drank too much, he said he lives the next street over in the 9100 block of Albany and that houses in the neighborhood look very similar.

“I’m so sorry to them,” Janes said of the family he said he scared. “I’m so sorry to the police.”

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