RIVER FOREST, Ill. (STMW) — A Chicago man has been charged with attempted murder and a slew of other crimes following a car crash in River Forest June 25.
Police say Will O. Thomas, 21, of 1756 N. Nagle Ave., Chicago was being restrained by bystanders when officers arrived at the scene of a vehicle accident on the 7700 block of West North Avenue at 12:36 a.m. June 25.
Witnesses told police Thomas had been punching a woman in the other car involved in the crash.
“A River Forest officer went to arrest Thomas, who began fighting with the officer and resisting arrest,” said Deputy Chief James O’Shea. The officer managed to control Thomas and place him under arrest.
O’Shea said investigators then learned that the woman Thomas was accused of punching is Thomas’s ex-girlfriend, and that he had followed her and another man to a movie theater in Melrose Park earlier that night.
After the movie, Thomas followed the couple eastbound on North Avenue, then reportedly drove next to the other car and yelled at the driver to pull over. When the man did not, police said, Thomas allegedly rammed his car into the other vehicle numerous times.
Eventually, police said, Thomas caused the other driver to lose control and run off the roadway.
When the ex-girlfriend and her friend exited the car, police say, Thomas attempted to run them both over with his car.
After ramming the other man’s car again, Thomas reportedly exited his car and began punching the ex-girlfriend.
After meeting with witnesses to review the case, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s felony review office approved two counts of attempted murder against Thomas. He was also charged with two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of reckless conduct, one count of domestic battery, resisting a police officer, reckless driving and numerous traffic offenses.
At a June 26 bond hearing Thomas was ordered held in lieu of 10 percent of $300,000 bond. He has a hearing at the Maybrook courthouse the week of July 1.
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