The Oak Lawn police were called to the 9100 block of Pulaski for a “hit and run” complaint on Friday January 18th at about 8 p.m., after an unknown vehicle hit a “No Parking Sign” and fled the scene.
At the scene the police officer noticed that the sign was down in the parkway and silver car parts were scattered on the ground. The car didn’t travel far and when a witness suggested the offender may have traveled behind a multi-unit residence on 91st Place, the officer searched behind the building.
He found a car with what he described as “heavy front end damage”. He then checked the records and matched the car owner’s last name to several people living in the building. He then knocked on the unit door to talk to the owner of the car.
The owner of the car told the officer that he son had taken her car keys and the car over her objection. She even tried to stop him, she said, by grabbing the car handle door. The fact his mother was holding on to the door of her own car and protesting didn’t stop Marcus Gilliam from driving away according to the police.
Gilliam invited the officers into the unit and told the police that he had taken the car to go to the store. Like many people, Gilliam claimed was doing fine until an unknown vehicle began chasing him. Gilliam allegedly admitted that he ran over the sign and then parked the car.
While in the unit, the officers explained to Gilliam that he would have to come to the police station because of the accident. They explained that he would be receiving tickets for the incident which allegedly agitated Gilliam.
According to the police, Gilliam refused to accompany the officers arguing that he didn’t do anything wrong. Gilliam, despite admitting to driving the car, didn’t have a driver’s license according to the police.
The police disagreed due to the damage to the car and the sign. They attempted to handcuff Gilliam and he pulled away and went under the table according to the police. The police tried to coax him out from the table and eventually he allegedly ran toward the door but was subdued by the officers.
Gilliam is a 25 year old black male with an Oak Lawn address. The car’s owner reportedly told the police she didn’t have insurance on the car. Gilliam was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, not having a license, operating an uninsured vehicle and damage to village property. In addition, two complaints were signed for resisting a police officer.