Tinley Park arrest: A wild ride
By Kate McCann Correspondent October 2, 2013 8:26PM
Updated: November 4, 2013 12:15PM
A traffic stop turned into a dangerous drive that left a Tinley Park man facing two felony charges and a police officer with a minor injury after being taken along during the brief ride, Tinley Park police said.
They said the Sept. 25 incident began when a patrol officer pulled over a car in the 6500 block of Ravinia Drive and was told by the female passenger outside the car that the driver, Grant McCarry, was hiding crack cocaine in a compartment beneath the steering wheel.
The officer ordered McCarry to exit the car, but he refused and began searching under the steering wheel, police said. When the officer tried to remove him, McCarry fought with the officer and then shifted the car into drive and floored the accelerator, causing the passenger door to slam on the officer’s leg, cutting it, according to police.
They said McCarry sped eastbound on Ravinia Drive while the two continued fighting, and McCarry threw something out of the window before the officer zapped him with a stun gun and was able to stop the car.
McCarry fled from the car into Vogt Woods Park, and police searched the area with a police dog but were unable to find him, police said. They said a Chicago police helicopter eventually located McCarry near the Rock Island Line tracks and he was arrested.
McCarry, 34, of 6100 Debra Lane, was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer and aggravated assault with a vehicle, according to police, who said they were unable to locate what he threw from the car.