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Man charged in Will County with smoking on Metra train: records

A commuter prepares to board the train bound for Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the Joliet Metra Station in Joliet, Ill.
A commuter prepares to board the train bound for Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at the Joliet Metra Station in Joliet, Ill.

A Chicago man was arrested after he allegedly smoked while riding on a Metra train within the boundaries of Will County and then refused to leave the car, court records show.

On Jan. 19, Anthony M. Sago, of the 4500 block of West Congress Parkway in West Garfield Park was a passenger on a Metra train when he “knowingly smoked” in “such an unreasonable manner as to alarm and disturb” the train conductor, according to a criminal complaint.

Sago did not leave the train after he was told to do so by the same conductor, according to the complaint.

Sago was arrested by a Metra police officer on Jan. 19 and later released on his own recognizance, court records show.

Criminal charges were not filed against Sago until Friday.

A Metra spokeswoman said she could provide no information on the case Tuesday. The complaint did not specify where in Will County Sago was supposedly smoking.

Sago was charged with two counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The charge is a class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and by a fine of up to $1,500.

Sago was scheduled to appear in court on Friday but he failed to do so, court records show.

A Will County judge ordered that Sago’s bond be forfeited. The judge also signed a warrant for Sago's arrest. The arrest warrant carries a $10,000 bond.

No smoking is allowed on any Metra train, in Metra stations or within 15 feet of a Metra station and enclosed area entrances, according to Metra’s website.

The commuter rail system’s no-smoking policy also applies to e-cigarettes.

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