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Man Charged After ‘Ramming’ Police Vehicle, Fleeing Cops

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Dino Monita, 32, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault to a peace officer with a motor vehicle for allegedly ramming a marked police vehicle on Aug. 13, 2011. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Dino Monita, 32, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault to a peace officer with a motor vehicle for allegedly ramming a marked police vehicle on Aug. 13, 2011. (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

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CHICAGO (STMW) – A west suburban man who has been charged with ramming a Chicago Police vehicle before leading officers on an expressway chase Saturday evening on the West Side.

Dino Monita, 32, was charged with one count of resisting arrest, two counts of aggravated assault to a peace officer with a motor vehicle and a felony count of cannabis possession, according to police.

Bond for Monita was set at $10,000 on Sunday and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 31, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin.

Monita, of the 0-100 block of Austin Avenue in Oak Park, was also charged with misdemeanor counts of fleeing police and theft of lost property, and cited for improper lane change and failing to stop at a stop sign, the release said.

The chase began after he allegedly “rammed” a marked police vehicle about 5:15 p.m. in the 900 block of South Monitor Avenue, then drove away when police attempted to make a traffic stop, News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said.

He drove onto the nearby Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) and proceeded east to Cicero Avenue, where police stopped the vehicle and used a Taser to subdue him, Baety said. Police pursued the vehicle for about a mile before making the stop.

No officers were injured, he said.

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