A Chicago woman was arrested Monday at about 6:50 p.m. after being accused of reckless driving, aggravated speeding and possession of a controlled substance but escaped being sent back to prison for a parole violation.
Ladonna Ragsdale was eventually stopped by the Oak Lawn police after an officer claims she was driving 60 miles per hour during her travels that were first noticed at 103rd and Central. She then headed north and turned left at 95th Street, with the police attempting to catch up to her as she allegedly made lane changes without signaling.
The arresting officers alleged that after turning on 95th Street and heading west, she crossed into the east bound lanes and cut off another driver while allegedly almost causing an accident. The driver of the car that was allegedly cut off circled back to the police stop to let the officers know that her car was almost hit.
The police alleged that a search of the car found a pill of acetaminophen/Codeine, which is a controlled substance and a bag containing a powdery substance that they believed was cocaine.
Ragsdale had an explanation for her alleged reckless driving. She allegedly told the police that she was driving fast because she was trying to get her boyfriend to the Bridgeview courthouse to attend a victim impact panel related to his recent DUI arrest. The boyfriend was in the car. The officers, however, also claim that they found multiple open containers of alcohol in the car.
The boyfriend probably didn’t make it to the courthouse because Ragsdale was taken into custody and her vehicle was towed. While in custody, Ragsdale made a phone call, according to the police, and allegedly told someone on the phone that the police found narcotics in the car but it was “only” two grams, which wouldn’t cause the Illinois Department of Corrections to issue a parole violation.
Ragsdale was correct. The Illinois Department of Corrections reportedly declined to issue a parole warrant for Ms. Ragsdale, a 37 year old black female with a Chicago address.
Ragsdale was sentenced to 3 years in prison for reckless discharged of a firearm on February 24, 2016. She is on parole as of January 10th of this year and she is scheduled to have served her sentence by January 10, 2019. A parole violation would have kept her in custody rather than allowing her to remain on parole.