CHICAGO (STMW) — A suspected drunken driver who was shot by police early Friday after fleeing officers who found him passed out with a gun in a Jeep on a South Loop street has been charged.
Tyshaun Hunter, 31, of the 1600 block of North McVicker Avenue, was charged with obstruction of traffic by motorist; driving on suspended license; no insurance; driving under the influence of alcohol; possession of a controlled substance; aggravated DUI for having a suspended or revoked license; aggravated fleeing; armed habitual criminal; armed violence; and fleeing and attempting to elude police, according to a Sunday release from police News Affairs.
He was booked into Cook County Jail Friday after being denied bond during a hearing in Cook County Criminal Court, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. Hunter is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.
Police shot the suspect at 2:47 a.m. in the 400 block of South Leavitt Avenue, News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said.
The incident began at 2:32 a.m. when Central District officers were called to a report of a drunken driver in the 800 block of South Clark Street, according to a statement from police.
As officers approached the vehicle matching the description, they noticed the driver, later identified as Hunter, “passed out” in a red Jeep Cherokee, and saw a gun in the car, according to a police source.
The statement said as officers stepped away from the vehicle and called for assistance, Hunter awoke and drove away from the scene.
Hunter took off, leading police on a chase that went onto several downtown streets and “up and down the Eisenhower,” the source said.
Officers temporarily lost sight of the vehicle but picked up the chase again after other officers spotted the vehicle and continued the pursuit that eventually ended at Leavitt and Van Buren streets, where Hunter’s SUV was curbed, the source said.
As officers curbed it, officers were confronted by Hunter inside of the vehicle, causing an officer to shoot the suspect in the arm, according to the statement.
Hunter was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were reported injured and a weapon was recovered, the statement said.
Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said the suspect reached for a weapon on his front passenger seat after his vehicle got a flat fire and came to a stop. He allegedly pointed the weapon at an officer, who fired and struck him in the elbow, Camden said.
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