Tinley Park man charged with felony in Bishop Ford crash
August 13, 2012 12:30PM
Updated: September 15, 2012 6:10AM
A Tinley Park man was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding police — a felony — after he allegedly crashed early Sunday into several vehicles that had slowed down for another accident on the Bishop Ford Freeway.
Paul M. Woods, 24, of the 7100 block of West 170th Street, also was charged with misdemeanor DUI and cited for reckless driving and speeding in excess of 100 mph, police said.
A Burnham police officer pursued Woods onto Interstate 94 after seeing him speeding and almost hitting pedestrians in the parking lot of Will’s Sports Bar in the 2400 block of West State Street, Burnham Police Chief Peter Belos said.
Woods then struck several vehicles that were slowing down for the second of two previous crashes on I-94, Belos said.
The first crash occurred about 3:20 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the expressway near 120th Street, Illinois State Police District Chicago Master Sgt. Mark Hall said. One person was ejected from a vehicle and seriously injured in that crash, but the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, police said. Two others were hospitalized.
Several motorists slowing down and looking at the crash from the southbound lanes then were involved in a second crash, police said.
About 10 minutes later, Woods hit several vehicles in the northbound lanes, police said. No one was seriously hurt in the crash.
Woods was expected in bond court Tuesday at the Cook County courthouse in Markham.
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