(CBS) – A detained motorist tried to divert the police officer who pulled him over by phoning in a false report of an armed robbery nearby, authorities said.
Michael Cooper, 25, of Bellwood faces one count of attempted disorderly conduct, Glendale Heights Police said Friday.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rounding Out The Warmest Weekend Of The Winter
They say the incident unfolded the afternoon of Jan. 6, when officers responded to a reported armed robbery at Taco Bell, 145 E. North Ave. in Glendale Heights. Upon arriving, officers learned no robbery had occurred.
The number of the 9-1-1 caller was traced to Cooper, who, it turns out, was pulled over at the time by a police officer in the adjacent suburb of Carol Stream, Glendale Heights police say. Cooper was being detained in a traffic stop on North Avenue near the Taco Bell that was the subject of the false police report.READ MORE: MISSING: Khoshaba Dikyanos, 84, Last Seen In Lincoln Square
“Through further investigation it was learned that Cooper made the false report of an armed robbery hoping the Carol Stream Officer would have to respond and let him out of the traffic stop,” Glendale Heights police said in a news release.
The offense, a Class A misdemeanor, carries a sentence of up to one year in jail.MORE NEWS: Chicago Speed Cameras To Start Issuing $35 Tickets To Drivers Going 6 MPH Over The Limit On Monday
Police said an arrest warrant had been obtained for Cooper, with a bond set at $3,500. No further details were available.