How do you handle a hungry man?
The question has been asked and answered in commercials pushing TV dinners. Now, a man in a hurry had an interesting explanation for reaching 74 miles per hour on 95th Street.
Police officers, traveling westbound, witnessed two speeding drivers headed eastbound, at about 1:30 a.m. early Saturday morning as they allegedly reached speeds as high as 74 MPH on 95th Street according to the Oak Lawn Police were were patrolling the area near 54th Avenue.
The police radar clocked a white Camaro traveling 74 miles per hour and a silver Monte Carlo hitting 64 miles per hour. The driver of the Camaro was pulled over at 49th Avenue and identified as Willie Walker, a 27 year old black male from Chicago. The officer asked Mr. Walker why he was driving so fast on a street with a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour. According to the police report:
He (Walker) told me his girlfriend is pregnant and hungry and he was trying to get home to give her food.
While Walker’s explanation may be unusual since he lives in the 6200 block of Winchester, it was not an excuse that earned him a get out of jail free card. Instead, he was placed in custody and charged with “aggravated speeding”.
The officer had broadcast the description of the Monte Carlo, which was stopped by another officer at Southwest Highway and Cicero. The driver, identified in the report as Zulqanian Jefferson, a 27 year old black male from Chicago, was not as creative in his reason for allegedly driving 64 miles per hour. According to the officer’s report:
He didn’t have a reason for driving so fast. He said he was just trying to keep up with the Camaro.
He was also charged with aggravated speeding. Both men have a court date in Bridgeview scheduled for March 1st at 9 a.m. in room 105.
Illinois amended its laws in 2011 and again in 2014 regarding aggravated speeding. Drivers speeding between 26 mph and 35 mph over the posted speed limit can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. Drivers like Walker and Jefferson, both charged with driving 36 miles or more over the limit face a Class A misdemeanor rather than a traffic offense.
While unlikely, the penalties include a jail sentence of up to one year. Other possible sentences for any driver convicted for aggravated speeding include the suspension or revocation of their drivers license or a fine as high as $2,500.
Next time, the pregnant girlfriend may want to call Jimmy John’s for a sandwich. Police officers tell us that they are “freaky fast” but don’t seem to speed in Oak Lawn.