Chicago man dragged cop with car over suspended license, marijuana: prosecutor

A suspect accused of seriously wounding a Chicago cop during a traffic stop claims he panicked after smoking marijuana while driving with a suspended license, prosecutors said.

Aaron Okelola, 25, is facing felony charges of attempted murder of a police officer and misdemeanor fleeing and eluding in the late Monday incident in the city’s Princeton Park section, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that surveillance footage and the officer’s bodycam shows Okelola’s 2008 Chevy Impala speeding off during a traffic stop with the 30-year-old cop’s body halfway inside the vehicle while clinging to its door and dashboard.

CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER DRAGGED BY VEHICLE AFTER TRAFFIC STOP: REPORT

Okelola’s Impala then crossed three lanes of oncoming traffic and a concrete median before hitting a metal beam at an elevated train station, sending the officer into a cement wall, prosecutors said.

The force of the impact fractured the officer’s skull in three places. The four-year veteran had surgery to relieve swelling in his skull and also had a broken jaw, the newspaper reported.

Okelola, of Chicago, allegedly admitted to dragging the officer, telling investigators following his arrest he was frightened to go jail after smoking marijuana in the car while driving with a suspended license.

“Stop the car, buddy, I got the wheel!” the officer said to Okelola during the encounter, according to Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy.

GUNMEN FIRED AT CHICAGO POLICE WHILE HUNTING FOR RIVALS, PROSECUTORS SAY

The officer, who has not been identified by the department, was listed in good condition at a hospital Thursday, Chicago police told The Post.

A court-appointed attorney for Okelola — an electrician’s apprentice who has two children — sought bail during a hearing Wednesday, but a judge denied that request, the Tribune reported.

“He can keep his 10,000 [dollars] – he won’t need it,” Judge John Lyke Jr. said while denying Okelola bail and calling him a danger to the public.

Okelola, who is set to return to court next month, faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. He’s also facing charges of driving with a suspended license and various traffic citations, police said.

This report originally appeared in the New York Post. 



TAGS: Chicago man dragged cop with car over suspended license marijuana prosecutor


27 Nov 2020 22:50   |    252

Source: www.foxnews.com


Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: "I will create a vicegerent on earth." They said: "Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?" He said: "I know what ye know not."   (The Cow   30)


POPULAR NEWS

Common cold outbreaks to be expected as schools reopen, CDC warns
Ohio universities’ tipping rivalry spreads to Florida with $2,800 left for restaurant’s staff
Sen. Deb Fischer: Russia, China nuclear threats – US must do this to face range of modern challenges
Michael Goodwin: Biden revives Obama policies – and each one hurts Americans. Take a look
Dana Perino: A Lenten reflection and five ways to bring serenity and joy this season
‘Dream proposal’ giveaway for essential workers is being hosted by The Knot
Florida police officer buys all flowers from vendor instead of writing her a citation
NC mom of 5 accidentally shot after kids find gun in purse: cops
Paul Batura: Rush Limbaugh changed conservative radio – and me
Airbnb called ‘Pirates of the Caribbean Getaway’ is the most wish-listed in California
Trump impeachment poll: 58% say he should have been convicted
Oxford-AstraZeneca testing COVID-19 vaccine in children as young as 6
Former Dem Gov. Bullock joins dark money group after railing against dark money
Donna Brazile: The Trump impeachment trial and our duty to history
New York seeks dismissal of NRA bankruptcy case
Nickelodeon is opening its first resort in Mexico this summer
Memphis Chick-fil-A owner advises city on COVID-19 vaccine lines
Oregon restaurant receives $2G tip on day it reopens after 10-week closure
Shay Mitchell flaunts fit figure after 4-week work out commitment: ‘I wanted to focus on myself again’
Andrew McCarthy: Trump impeachment trial – the inconvenient truth about the incitement charge

Email subscription:

Related U.S. News