An Oak Lawn officer on patrol last Thursday night around 8:25 p.m. and claimed that a driver of a car drove erratically crossing yellow lines and traveling through a red light near 95th and Cicero. The officer alleged that the driver almost struck another car after driving through the red light.
The officer alleged that the driver did not slow down when the police lights and siren were activated and instead made a left hand turn onto northbound Hilton drive between vehicles traveling westbound on 95th Street. The officer pursued him and the driver allegedly stopped the car in the Walgreens’ Parking Lot after allegedly hitting another car.
But the driver wasn’t quite finished. The officer alleged that he driver then ran through the lot across 95th Street so the officer pursued him in the car into the White Castle parking area. The officer found a man in the White Castle bathroom.
The man allegedly told the officer that he ran from the vehicle because he didn’t have a license and was already feeling dope sick. The man allegedly admitted that he had needles in the car, which was still parked across the street at Walgreens.
Ward allegedly told the officer that he drove through the red light because he was in a hurry to get to Walgreens to return items in order to buy more heroin. He also allegedly said that he didn’t stop because he didn’t have a driver’s license and didn’t want to get arrested.
While one officer brought the man, identified as Jonathan Ward, to the police station another officer handled the issues at Walgreens. The driver of the other car in the accident said that Ward’s car rolled into her car after she was parked and Ward had abandoned the car without coming to a complete stop. Ward allegedly told the police that he did abandon the car and tried to escape being captured but he thought car had stopped.
The officer alleged that the car contained needles, a small bag of a white powder substance that he suspected was heroin, and four credit cards with other individuals’ names on the cards. Ward said that a friend had borrowed the car and he didn’t know who the cards belonged to even though they were in his car. The police were unsuccessful in immediately reaching the people whose names appeared on the cards.
Ward was charged with reckless driving, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of hypodermic needles, leaving the scene of an accident and not having a valid driver’s license.
Ward, a 36 year old white male, provided an Oak Lawn address to the police.