Man Charged With Striking Cop With Car Gets No Bond

CHICAGO (STMW) — A South Side man is being held without bond after allegedly striking a police officer with his car before leading police on a crosstown chase that started on the North Side and ended in Bridgeport early Monday.

Rodney Steele, 32, of the 4100 of South Wabash was charged Tuesday in connection with the incident, which left the officer hospitalized after he was hit by the car just after 2 a.m. Monday in the 1500 block of North Sheffield Avenue, police said.

The officer — a 19-year veteran in his 50s — was struck and dragged when a Jaguar that was directed into the staging area of a safety checkpoint pulled a sudden u-turn, according to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.

The officer suffered injuries to his legs and arms and was taken to Northwestern Memorial in serious condition, but with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

Steele was charged with two felonies — attempted murder and aggravated battery to a police officer, along with misdemeanor counts of resisting police ad fleeing police, according to police.

On Tuesday, Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered Steele held without bond and set a preliminary hearing for July 7, according to Cook County State’s Attorney;s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Steele was also cited for failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to obey an officer’s order, disobeying a stop sign (2 counts), driving on a suspended license, no valid registration and driving more than 31 mph over the posted limit, police said.

After the vehicle struck the officer, a fellow officer opened fire, striking the car several times before it fled, Camden said.

Officers chased the vehicle to the 3000 block of South Princeton Avenue, where they arrested Steele, according to police. The chase included Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways, Camden said.

Steele was injured during the incident, according to Camden, but police did not disclose whether he was shot or if his injuries resulted from broken glass or something else.

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  • NWA

    I see that the po po got their pound of flesh. This guy probably will walk.


    • Cathy Kenning

      @NWA, How could you possibly condone this individual’s behavior? Trying to kill a police officer? Isn’t this something we teach our kids is morally wrong? This guy obviously was coddled by the police, he’s alive and breathing. Let’s pray he get’s the maximum prison term he can get !

    • Richard Philben

      Hopefully for the rest of us, he walks to your house. HaHaHaHa. What is your story, Mr. NWA?

  • Leroy Goldberg

    He’s right where he belongs, behind bars. Whether it’s in prison or a zoo either is appropriate.

    • NWA

      I knew a girl name Karen Stevens once. If this is you, I wonder how that rash turned out. Not the one on your leg, the one on your back. I mean, that was ugly.


  • keepinitreal

    The guy looks much better than he SHOULD look after trying to murder one of the people out here protecting my family and I.
    The animal did this SOLELY to get out of getting a ticket for driving on a suspended drivers license?!
    Disgusting. What animal raised this?

    • NWA

      I believe the animal was yo momma.


      • keepinitreal

        I guess we all know what NWA is about.


    I bet what really really happen here is the guy did try to drive away because of suspension or no license or whatever, then he accidently hits the officer or the officer fell chasing him and had to be admiited to the hospital and make look good, then this guy got f-cked up when caught or at the jail (his face doesn’t look like a car accident). Man, this might even be a law suit and again? How many times do I hear the same story over and over again. At worse I got to hear people like NWA, tyreese, leroy comment on st-pid sh-t. Why don’t you guys get a job at the newspaper stand.

    • vjgarcia

      That COULD be the situation except its NOT. Without doubt there were videocameras, citizens including the taxi driver there that obviously would back up the states attorneys case and end any dreams of the ghetto lottery lawsuit.

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