A 19-year-old Chicago resident, reportedly upset by the death of a family member, stole his brother’s car and forced police to follow his path of reckless driving.
Late at night on April 12, police observed Marquis Jackson speeding near Harrison St. and Circle Ave. without any lights on. After several additional traffic violations, the decision was made to stop Jackson; however, Jackson did not yield, instead he led police on a chase that peaked at almost 40 mph over the speed limit at certain points.
Jackson eventually exited the still-moving vehicle near the intersection of 21st Street and Harlem Ave., where it crashed into a parked vehicle nearby.
At first, Jackson supposedly followed orders to submit to an arrest, but police reported he “became belligerent” when he was in handcuffs. Subsequently, the officer tasered the shackled 160-pound man, who, while refusing to enter the cruiser, and prior to the electric shock, is quoted as having said: “Just tase me!”
While in the car Jackson reportedly screamed and thrashed around the backseat, ultimately kicking out the rear passenger side window.
Jackson received charges for attempting to elude a police officer, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, speeding, improper lane usage, moving violations, failure to signal, driving without lights, traffic signal violations, improper turn at an intersection, traffic sign violations, resisting arrest and criminal damage to state supported property. Jackson received felony charges for attempting to elude an officer and for criminal damage to state supported property.
Ismael Chavez, 25, of Berwyn was observed by police officers in the wee hours of the morning of April 17, unzipping the front of his pants and publicly exposing himself.
Police reported seeing Chavez engage in this alleged alcohol-induced behavior on the 400 block of Ferdinand Ave., where he also began urinating on the sidewalk and on the front lawn of a house.
Chavez was taken into custody and charged with public indecency and obstructing justice.
Shannon Flannery, 23, of Melrose Park, was arrested on the eve of April 15 and charged with possession of a controlled substance. When police saw that Flannery’s car – parked at Thornton’s gas station at 601 N. Harlem Ave. – matched the description of a vehicle operated by someone phoned in for reckless driving, a responding officer approached the car. Upon coming into contact with Flannery, the officer reported observing blood on Flannery’s arms and seeing several syringes inside the vehicle. Flannery admitted to being in possession of eight bags of heroin – a total of five grams.
Three men pulled over on the 1100 block of Circle Ave. were each charged with possession of a controlled substance and with intent to distribute a controlled substance after an arrest on the eve of April 17. Police initially curbed the vehicle for a cracked windshield; however, all three men were ordered out of the car when a responding officer reported observing their nervous demeanor coupled with the strong smell of marijuana. Once the driver, Derrick Edwards, 29, of Decatur exited the car, a 21-gram bag of heroin was spotted on the front seat. By this time the two other passengers – Matthew Clark (Edwards’ brother), 35, also of Decatur and 27-year-old Lombard resident Untavious Davenport had stepped out and the officer recovered two bottles of Dormin Sleep Aid (commonly used to cut heroin).
A 28-year-old man that was caught by police attempting to burglarize a vacant house on the 100 block of Belvedere Ave., stated he was trying to steal the “marijuana…and illegitimate money” of a drug dealer. Late at night on April 17, police responded to the phone call of a neighbor that reportedly observed Sean Lowe break the basement window of the abovementioned house and crawl through. Upon arrival, the reporting officer immediately spotted a masked and largely black clad Lowe emerging from the basement window.
Lowe was charged with criminal damage to property, criminal trespassing and residential burglary.
These items were taken from the records of the Forest Park Police Department between April 21 and April 21, and represent only a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Anyone named in this report has only been charged with a crime. The cases have not been adjudicated.
-Compiled by Nicholas Moroni