A South Side man wanted on two Texas arrest warrants backed his registered BMW sedan into a Chicago police officer in an attempt to flee an investigative stop on DuSable Lake Shore Drive, prosecutors said Sunday.
The first attempt to escape occurred seconds later when the 39-year-old officer fell to the ground with a broken left shin during the fight. Stop at red light at Southbound Outer Drive near Roosevelt Roads Friday night around 8:15 p.m.
After striking the officer and a police vehicle, the driver, Tazz Mullins, 23, sped in a BMW 750 with passenger Shaquille Fisher, 29, weaving between cars toward the Stevenson Expressway feeder ramp, officials said, taking about 30 minutes to bail out. said during the hearing aired on YouTube.
Another officer fired a shot at the fleeing sedan. Assistant State’s Attorney Jack Ruggiero told the court that no one was hurt, but the bullet hit the rear passenger side door frame of a Lyft car.
The car, followed by a police helicopter, eventually came to a considerable halt and the two men were arrested after fleeing the vehicle, officials said.
The second attempt followed Mullins’ arrest, when he attempted to escape through a ceiling grate from a detective’s interview room at Police Area 3 Headquarters. “Officers found the defendant in the ceiling and took him into custody,” Ruggiero said.
Mullins’ second escape attempt through the station’s drop ceiling resulted in extensive damage to the roof, electrical and duct work, Ruggiero said.
Fischer, who was arrested with a Glock handgun loaded with a laser sight in his backpack, was charged with illegal use of a weapon by a felony.
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Mullins faces multiple charges, including attempted murder, aggravated assault on a police officer and felony evasion, according to court records.
Authorities said an alert related to an incident earlier this month led to officers contacting Mullins’ vehicle where his sedan allegedly struck a Cook County sheriff’s deputy. A license plate reader caught Mullins’ vehicle on DuSable at Chicago Avenue prior to the stop.
According to court records, while in police custody, Mullins gave a fake name and date of birth until a search of a law enforcement database revealed his two active Texas warrants for involvement in organized crime and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. not disclosed.
Judge Charles S. Beach II ordered Mullins held without bail for the active warrant and the new criminal case, saying that Mullins’ actions toward the officer and the high-speed pursuit from police put the public at risk.
“Your selfish actions – is the best way to describe them – put everyone in the vicinity of your car at risk. I therefore believe you are a danger to the community,” said the judge.
Fischer was placed under house arrest after posting the $7,500.
Both men are scheduled to return to court on Tuesday.