Mohawked-Motorist Rams Cop Car, Police Say

Charges pile up for man first seen driving while talking on cell phone

Sunday, Sep 25, 2011  |  Updated 1:46 PM CDT
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Police say they tried to pull over Don Shedrick for talking on his cell phone while driving, but he rammed a police car and sped away, starting a chase.

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Talking on a cell phone turned out to be the first of many charges lodged against an Englewood driver who allegedly rammed a squad car -- injuring a police officer -- and fled the scene on the Near North Side early Sunday.

During a hearing Sunday, Judge Adam Bourgeois ordered Don Shedrick held on $30,000 bond, according to a Cook County Criminal Court clerk.  

Shedrick, 44, was behind the wheel of a 1999 Mercury Marquis at 3:15 a.m when police spotted him talking on a cell phone while driving near Oak and Clark streets, according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

The officers activated the lights and sirens of their unmarked squad car and began trying to pull him over, but he refused to stop

“He rammed the Mercury into the squad car, causing the squad car to hit a parked vehicle at 300 W. Institute Place,’’ said Mirabelli.

One officer in the squad car he rammed was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Shedrick refused to stop, and more officers gave chase, Mirabelli said. While in the 800 block of North Sedgwick Avenue, he exited the car and began running away on foot, but officers caught him.

Shedrick, of the 7700 block of South Laflin Street, was charged with aggravated fleeing while causing injury and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, the officer said. Both charges are felonies. He was also cited with driving while using a cell phone, damage to public property, driving on a revoked license and driving without insurance.

Mirabelli said he is expected to appear in bond court today.

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