An observant police officer was patrolling on October 30th, driving westbound on 87th Street when he saw a man in a car using an electronic device while driving.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he saw two occupants, a man named Anthony Cooks and a woman named Jenny Jones. Cooks was the driver and the officer asked him for his driver’s license and proof of insurance which allegedly caused Cooks to begin crying.
According to the police, Cooks stated, “I was just about to get that fixed” as he handed the officer a Cook County jail inmate identification card with the name “Anthony Cook”, not Cooks, and a driver’s license with the name Jamal Turner.
The officer asked Anthony Cooks who Jamal Turner is since his name appears on the license. Cooks reportedly responded that Turner is his boyfriend and he was going to pick him up at 87th and Harlem. He didn’t explain why he gave Turner’s license to the officer since Illinois doesn’t allow drivers to use other drivers’ licenses. The officer stated that he asked Cooks if he had a license and Cooks allegedly admitted he was “revoked”. He then started crying again according to police reports.
The officer checked the name Anthony Cook and Anthony Cooks and confirmed that the license of Anthony Cooks was suspended. He couldn’t find an Anthony Cook in the system and there was no explanation as to why the jail had the wrong name on the identification. Cooks, not surprisingly, was placed into custody and allegedly then admitted that the car didn’t have insurance.
Cooks claimed that the registered owner of the car was his boyfriend “Jamal Turner”. He told the officer that Turner was on his way to the scene on foot and would take custody of the vehicle. In the meantime, the officer checked Turner’s background and found an outstanding warrant from Will County.
The strange traffic stop didn’t end there because the officer asked Jones if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Jones responded with a somewhat nonsensical admission stating, “not when we got in here”.
Sure enough, during a search of the vehicle, the officer said he found 13 white pills with “Watson 853” inscribed upon them. He reported that he determined the pills were Acctaminophen Hydrocondone, a controlled substance, which Jones could not provide a prescription that would allow her to possess the pills. Jones was also placed into custody.
The officer completed the trifecta when he checked the VIN of the vehicle and found the vehicle was not registered to Jamal Turner but was recently purchased by Cooks from his deceased brother. A tow truck was dispatched and upon the arrival of the truck, a man claiming to be Jamal Turner showed up at the location requesting the vehicle. The officer, believing the man to be Jamal Turner, took the man into custody for the warrant violation.
After being placed in custody, the police stated that the man identified himself as Lucas Boyd, who has a suspended license also.
All three individuals were transported to the police station where the police discovered a green leafy substance in one of the squad cars that transported Jones. She allegedly admitted that she had removed the cannabis from a container while in the squad car and placed the cannabis in her “vagina/underwear”, which she handed to the female booking officer. A field test determined that it weighed about 3 grams.
Cooks, a 27 year old black male with a Chicago address, was issued citations for no valid registration, driving with a suspended license, operating a vehicle with no insurance, and using an electronic device while operating a vehicle.
Boyd, a 26 year old black male with a Chicago address, was charged with misdemeanor obstructing identification.
Jones, a 31 year old black female with a Chicago address, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cannabis and felony possession of a controlled substance.