Police: Burglary Suspect Rams Squad Car

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A police vehicle was damaged on the evening of Friday, February 26, when a vehicle driven by a burglary suspect slammed into it at the intersection of Western Avenue and 26th Street, according to police. The officer driving the vehicle was not hurt.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Officer Kush responded to a report of a burglary in progress in Arrowhead Court. According to dispatch, the suspect vehicle had just left the residence and turned onto 26th Street. Officer Kush observed the suspect vehicle traveling westbound on 26th Street and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

According to police, Officer Kush activated his emergency lights and spotlight at the intersection of Western Avenue and 26th Street. The driver of the vehicle opened the driver door and exited the vehicle while leaving the vehicle in gear, according to police. The vehicle continued to roll into a second vehicle which had stopped ahead of it at the red light. Officer Kush attempted to follow the driver when he observed a female passenger, later identified as Jameka J.L. Taylor, 7206 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, moved from the front passenger seat to the driver’s seat, and the rear passenger opened the rear passenger side door and ran in a northeast direction, according to police.

Officer Kush parked his marked unit at the intersection of Western Avenue and 26th Street, at which time Taylor allegedly accelerated into the passenger side door of the marked patrol unit. Officer Kush took Taylor into custody and handcuffed her.

The two passengers were soon after taken into custody by Park Forest police.

Jameka J.L. Taylor was charged with the following felony charges: residential burglary, criminal damage to state supported property and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Taylor was also charged with driving without a valid driver’s license, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and reckless driving.