Have you ever been in a turning lane behind a car or two when the green arrow appears on the stoplight but nobody in front of you moves.
A police patrol driving westbound on 95th Street at Cicero Avenue was waiting in such a line behind 3 other cars on December 23rd waiting to turn left onto Cicero. Like many others, the officer noticed that the first car didn’t turn when the light turned green. Car horns rang out in unison to alert the lead driver but the first car allegedly failed to move and the light cycle returned with another arrow.
This time the driver allegedly hesitated but eventually made a turn into the center lane and the officer followed as the first car then switched back to the left lane. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle near 96th Street by turning on his flashing lights and the siren. According to the police, the driver appeared to be stopping at 98th Street when he allegedly signaled that he was moving to the right lane but after slowing down, he switched back to the center lane and began driving away according to the police.
The police claimed that the driver, Oak Lawn resident Christopher King, continued to an apartment complex on Cicero Avenue and pulled into a parking spot. The police followed and ordered the man out of the car.
The police allege that King had trouble keeping his balance, moved slowly and was slow to comply with police orders. Eventually, he was handcuffed by the police, who then questioned him. When asked why he didn’t stop, King allegedly said that he was ‘just going home’ and didn’t hear or see the officer trying to stop him.
The police claimed that King had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, that his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. It didn’t help King that a search of his body allegedly uncovered a baggie of cannabis in his pocket.
King refused to submit to sobriety tests according to the police. Despite not wanting to take tests, he allegedly told the officer that he was at a friend’s house and had a few beers, a couple of shots, and some cannabis prior to driving home. He continued, allegedly telling the officer, he was “drunk but not drunk, drunk”. He also allegedly said that his drunk state is “everyday for me”.
Christopher King, a 36 year old black male with an Oak Lawn address, was charged for an improper turn, fleeing a police officer, operating an uninsured vehicle and driving under the influence. He will appear in the courthouse in Bridgeview on January 16th.