A driver of a Ford Crown Vic was at the intersection of 87th and Ridgeland when he said an Oak Lawn man driving a Dodge hit his car in the rear, reversed, turned into the Jewel Parking lot and then onto 87th Street.
Shortly thereafter at about 7:30 p.m., a patrol car traveling west bound on 87th Street saw a black Dodge truck traveling east bound at a high rate of speed without its headlights on. the officer made a U-turn and pursued the car which turned south on Mansfield. Eventually, the officer stopped the Dodge in the 5900 block of 88th Place. The office noticed immediately that the Dodge did not have a rear license plate but the tailgate had the words “Baba Yaga”.
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According to the officer, the driver of the Dodge, Travis Strama, immediately exited the truck, ran to the sidewalk, got on his knees and put his hands in the air. At the same time, the Ford Crown Vic arrived on the scene pulling up behind the officer. The driver of the Ford Crown Vic had called dispatch and was on the phone with the dispatcher at the time he arrived on the scene.
When Strama saw the man in the Crown Vic, he allegedly began yelling claiming the driver of the Crown Vic had pointed a gun at him after the accident. The driver of the Crown Vic denied pointing a gun or even having a gun. He consented to a search and the officer was unable to locate a gun.
Strama admitted to being in the accident and leaving the scene according to the police. He was taken into custody and his vehicle was searched. While being taken into custody, the police alleged that Strama pulled away and resisted arrest by tensing up his body. During the search, the police reported finding an open bottle of Smirnoff vodka behind the driver’s seat and 10 grams of cannabis inside the center console.
Strama, a 20 year old white male from Oak Lawn, was issued 9 citations: 1) open alcohol, 2) aggravated speeding, 3) no front or rear license plate, 4) leaving the scene of an accident with vehicle damage, 5) failing to give information or aid, 6) failure to report an accident to police, 7) driving without lights when required, 8) failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and 9) no proof of insurance. A complaint for resisting arrest and a civil violation ticket for the marijuana were also issued.