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December 3rd, 2013 at 10:37 am
A 25-year-old man was charged with “aggravated battery to a peace officers, aggravated fleeing, driving under the influence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated battery, drug possession, and a slew of traffic violations,” according to CBS Chicago. According to CBS, the incident occurred in mid-November, when the man attempted to flee police officers near the University of Illinois at Chicago “and dragged an officer more than 20 feet with his SUV, according to police reports.” A Cook County judge held the man, Matthew Louis Jr., in lieu of $100,000 bail. Louis was not able to appear in court because he was instead at Stroger Hospital with a fractured hip, according to CBS.
The incident occurred when police responded to a call of shots fired. They came upon Louis’s SUV and noticed a “firearm behind the passenger seat, according to a police report, and removed the passenger from the car.” When police ordered Louis to step out of the car, he instead accelerated, and unintentionally dragged a police officer who had been at the scene more than 20 feet. Louis only stopped the vehicle when he hit a large concrete divider and the SUV was no longer operable. According to CBS, Louis told police that, “he had been drinking a lot while at a party” and “knows he shouldn’t drive drunk.”
While it seems an extreme case, Louis isn’t alone in that he attempted to flee police officers and instead ended up dragging one while trying to outrun DUI charges. Earlier this year in Phoenix, for example, a police officer “was injured… after being dragged two blocks by a man suspected of driving drunk,” according to ABC 15 News. In this incident, the officer suffered a head injury, and another officer was struck while attempting to stop the drunk driver. It was not yet announced what injuries the Chicago officer that Louis allegedly dragged sustained in the recent incident.
If you or someone you know is pulled over for drunk driving, it’s best to allow testing and comply with law enforcement. In this scenario, it’s much more likely that the charges will be resolved with less consequence than in a situation such as the one Louis is now facing. If you or someone you know has been charged with drunk driving, the most important first step is to contact an experienced DUI attorney. Contact Ramsell & Associates for a consultation today.