Two Oak Lawn Police detectives decision to eat at Chick-Fil-A allegedly broke up a drug deal and ended with the arrest of a Des Plaines man and an Oak Lawn man for various charges on Tuesday September 11th.
After the detectives drove into the parking lot at 9600 S. Ridgeland in Chicago Ridge, a gold Lexus pulled into the lot and parked next to one of the detective’s cars. The detectives recognized the man due to previous narcotics investigations and knew he was on bond for a previous charge of possession with intent to deliver. One of the detectives also knew that the driver of the car, Brandon Campbell, previously had his license revoked.
The detectives allege that Campbell made eye contact with the detectives and then immediately pulled out of his parking spot and began to pull out of the fast food lot. One of the detectives followed.
At the same time, another man was exiting a white Toyota with money in his hand. He was walking toward Campbell’s car and made a hand motion which the detectives claimed was an attempt to flag Campbell down. Another detective stopped the flagging man and another man in the car and immediately one of the men allegedly said, “We were just trying to buy.” One man allegedly told the officers that he was trying to buy cocaine.
The driver of the Toyota, John Lawler, allegedly provided the detective permission to search the vehicle in which the detective claims he found a plastic bag containing heroin, two straws and a crack pipe. Lawler was taken into custody. Lawler denied any knowledge about the bag.
The other man, who had been trying to flag down Campbell, told the police that he had gone to the parking lot to buy Cocaine and was told to meet Campbell by the mall.
Campbell had not gotten away because the other detective had continued following him out of the Chick-Fil-A parking lot and through the mall road, as he requested assistance from Chicago Ridge, into the Sears parking lot. The detective claimed that his emergency lights and siren were activated but Campbell had no intention of stopping.
During the 15 mile per hour pursuit, the detective alleged that Campbell appeared to be placing items in his mouth. Eventually, Campbell was stopped outside the Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant. The detective waited for assistance before approaching the vehicle but continued to shout commands to Campbell to keep his arms up. According to the detective, those commands were ignored.
Campbell was eventually removed from the car and the police recovered $1,349 dollars in cash, a plastic baggie suspected of carrying about 3 grams of cannabis. Campbell allegedly told the police he didn’t do anything wrong and that he was getting something to eat and then changed his mind so he pulled out of Chick-Fil-A.
Campbell told the detectives that he was on a “restricted driving permit” but he wasn’t able to produce the permit. A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered five stacks of $1000 in cash and five cell phones. The detectives alleged that one of the cell phones had incriminating texts sent to it. Campbell was taken into custody.
The Secretary of State Police informed Oak Lawn police that Campbell’s permit only allowed him to drive to and from work and any other driving is not allowed. Campbell had told the police he was a janitor but wouldn’t say where he worked. The police alleged that he didn’t work at the mall.
Campbell, a 27 year old black male, with a Des Plaines address, was charged with felony driving while his license was revoked, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, possession of cannabis, failing to have proof of insurance and for failing to wear a seatbelt. Lawler is a 32 year old Oak Lawn resident.