- A 20-year-old parolee accused of trying to hit an off-duty Chicago police officer with a stolen SUV was ordered held today in lieu of a $500,000 bond.
[...] Coleman was driving a stolen Honda CRV north on South Prairie Avenue about 10 p.m. Thursday when he passed a squad car heading the opposite direction that was outfitted with a license plate reader, according to court documents.
The device notified the officers that the CRV was stolen, so the officers made a U-turn and pulled Coleman over, the court documents say.
The officers got out of their car and ordered Coleman to turn off the CRV, but he sped away, driving north on Martin Luther King Drive, according to court documents. He turned left onto 37th Street but lost control, striking a pole and a woman before hitting a wall.
A Chicago police officer who had just finished his shift was in his car with his girlfriend at the intersection when they saw the chase unfolding just before Coleman crashed, according to court documents and a police union spokesman.
The off-duty officer, who was wearing his uniform, got out of his car to help the woman who had been struck, but Coleman put the CRV into reverse and hit the officer’s car, where his girlfriend was seated, according to court documents.
Best wishes to the injured and good job to the Officer.