A man driving a Volkswagen reportedly tried to outrun an Oak Lawn patrol car on January 18th and then spun a story that eventually unraveled.
Shadi Abdallah was allegedly driving the Volkswagen at about 8 p.m. at a high rate of speed according to the Oak Lawn police. The officer determined that Abdallah was driving 41 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.
When Abdallah caught the attention of the officer, the officer made a U-turn and pursued the Volkswagen as it ignored a stop sign at 103rd and Mansfield and pulled into a parking lot of a multi-unit building. The officer followed the car into the parking lot and reported witnessing a male Arab in his early twenties exit the vehicle and run.
The officer gave chase on foot as the offender entered the building but the officer stopped the pursuit after hearing one of the unit doors slam shut. Other officers arrived on the scene. A check of the car’s license plate returned a registration to a 2007 Chrysler owned by Abdallah who lives in the building he had just run into according to the police.
The police searched the vehicle and reported finding a bag containing marijuana, a marijuana pipe, a backpack with Abdallah’s ID and credit cards, 24 rounds of ammunition, and a 86 marijuana pipes.
As the search of the vehicle took place, officers attempted to convince Abdallah to come out of his unit but he refused. He did allegedly claim that an employee had been driving the car but he didn’t provide the name of the employee.
A day later he showed up at the police department to “discuss the incident”. Shadi Abdallah continued to stick to his “an employee was driving the car” story telling the police that the employee didn’t have a green card and fled in fear. He wouldn’t provide the name of the employee and that apparently made the police question this shady story. When offered a chance to return with the employee, Abdallah refused.
Eventually, Abdallah explained that he was the driver of the car and that he sped away when he saw the police patrol admitting that he ran through a stop sign. When he got to his building he went into his unit and then hid in his bedroom.
Abdallah was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in two separate counts for the 86 marijuana pipes and the personal use pipe that was found with burnt residue. He was issued citations for speeding, disobeying a stop sign, operating an uninsured vehicle, fleeing and eluding police.
Shadi Abadallah is a 24 year old white male with an Oak Lawn address.