An alleged drunken driver apparently dragged a Chicago police officer along for 30 feet after the officer, who was on a bike patrol, attempted to stop him for a traffic violation.
The incident took place on Saturday evening on the city’s Lake Shore Drive when according to police, the driver, 37-year-old Rogue Dooley of Gary, Indiana, made an illegal u-turn in his pick-up truck.
An officer flashed the lights on his bike, similar to those on a squad car, to get the driver to stop, but when he asked to see his driver’s license, Dooley reportedly took off, according to a report on the Examiner.com, dragging the policeman and his bike 30 feet along the road.
The officer escaped with road rash and bruises, and colleagues in patrol cars quickly caught up with Dooley, who failed a sobriety test and has since pretty much had not so much the book as the entire library thrown at him, with a charge sheet comprising aggravated battery to a police officer, driving under the influence, reckless driving, driving while never issued with a driver’s license, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, transporting/carrying alcohol, aggravated fleeing from police and failure to obey a police order.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.