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Drunken driver drags Chicago bike cop 30 feet

Pick-up truck driver tries to get away after officer asks to see driver's license...

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, 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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Tom Amos | 13 years ago

This sort of thing happens all too often to ordinary cyclists (well, maybe not to that extreme!) but in order to get a prosecution, you need to be a police officer.

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