A woman on a suspended license allegedly was driving 62 mph on Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn at about 5:25 p.m. on Saturday April 7th.
Cicero Avenue is a high traffic area with a 35 mile per hour limit for vehicles.
Individuals with suspended licenses are not allowed to operate vehicles in Illinois.
Yet, a police officer was driving northbound near 87th and Cicero when he saw Takyra Hazelwood heading the opposite direction on Cicero at a high speed. His radar reportedly showed 62 miles per hour.
The officer noted that due to the speed Hazelwood was allegedly traveling and the fact that traffic was “heavy” he didn’t catch up to the car until 111th and Cicero, where she was stopped by the officer.
When asked for a license, Hazelwood handed the officer a State of Illinois ID and told him that she was driving on a ticket according to the police. During a subsequent conversation, Hazelwood allegedly told the officer that the ticket was fro driving while her license was suspended.
Despite those alleged admissions, Hazelwood allegedly insisted that her license is valid. She had to find her insurance card and eventually located an expired card on her phone. The officer ran her information through the computers which indicated that the license was suspended.
The officer then asked Hazelwood to exit the car and the “fun” began. Hazelwood allegedly told the officer she would not get out of the car because she hadn’t done anything wrong.
The officer reported that he explained to Hazelwood that driving on a suspended license “is a crime”. He also explained that he was placing her under arrest and she would have to exit the vehicle.
Hazelwood and the officer went back and forth with Hazelwood insisting that she had taken care of the fines and the officer telling her that the computer showed her license was suspended. The officer told Hazelwood that he would be forced to remove her from the vehicle if she didn’t get out peacefully but it had little or no affect upon Hazelwood her had locked the doors.
Eventually, the officer reported that he was able to reach into the car, open the door, unfasten the seat belt and pull her out of the car as she allegedly resisted his efforts. According to police Hazelwood did not want to be arrested and as she was being escorted to the squad car, she stopped walking, went limp, and dropped herself to the ground on her knees before rolling onto her side.
While on the ground, Hazelwood allegedly began yelling, “they’re hurting me”. She was eventually handcuffed in placed in the squad car but later the officer realized that Hazelwood had undone one of the cuffs while in the car.
Hazelwood was issued citations for aggravated speeding, driving while license is suspended, and operating an uninsured vehicle. A complaint was also signed for resisting a police officer. Hazelwood is a 25 year old black female. She provided a Chicago address to the police.