An attempt to avoid arrest by pretending to be someone else rarely works with the modern technology now at the hands of police officers. Of course, it doesn’t stop some offenders from trying to fool the police.
So was the case last Tuesday, April 26th, shortly after 10 p.m. when a police officer while parked on the median on Southwest Highway saw a silver Nissan Sentra approaching from behind at a very high rate of speed. After activating the radar, the police officer determined that the car was traveling at 60 MPH. Even after passing the officer, the driver allegedly continued driving 59 MPH.
The speed limit on Southwest Highway between 95th Street and Ridgeland is only 30 MPH so the officer pursued the vehicle with the emergency lights activated. Initially, the driver allegedly failed to stop for the officer but did stop for a red light at Ridgeland Avenue, where the officer was able to pull up alongside the driver and tell her to pull into a gas station, which she did do. The Oak Lawn officer was met by a Chicago Ridge officer at that Chicago Ridge gas station.
When the driver was told she was caught on radar traveling at 60 MPH in a 30MPH she allegedly insisted that she was traveling only 40 MPH. When the officer asked for a driver’s license, she allegedly said “It’s at home” but claimed that she is ‘in the system”.
She did provide a photo copy of a license and a thirty day temporary insurance card. The copies were part of a credit application from Nissan Signature Financing. The name on the license was Glennice M Harlan-Spight, of Chicago.
The officer used the technology again by checking to see if the insurance was valid and found that it was no longer valid. He also advised the driver that the license was suspended. The officer advised the driver that he was taking her into custody but allowed her to make a phone call.
After several requests to exit the car, the driver continued to refuse saying she wanted to leave her purse in the trunk although the car was going to be towed. The officer was able to reach into the car and turn it off but had to subdue the driver with O.C. Spray when she allegedly resisted by holding onto the steering wheel and refusing to let go.
She had to be pulled out of the car by two officers and transported to the station for processing. During a search of the purse that she wanted to leave in the car, the officers discovered photo identification cards with the name Gwen S. Spight, rather than the name Glennice M. Harlan-Spight that she had provided.
The driver admitted she was actually Gwen and that Glennice is her sister. She allegedly told police that she lied about her identity because she didn’t have a driver’s license and knew she would go to jail.
The admission was made while, ironically, in jail.
Gwen Spight, a 23 year old black female, from Chicago, was charged with aggravated speeding, not having a valid driver’s license while operating a vehicle, not having valid insurance, obstruction, and resisting arrest.