A 29-year-old driver was issued a battery of charges ranging from fleeing police to driving under the influence after he allegedly crashed into four vehicles Sunday and tried to run from the scene on the Magnificent Mile, police said.
The crash happened in the 800 block of North Michigan Avenue about 4 p.m., said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti.
Reggie Thompson-Seay Jr., of the 3600 block of South Rhodes was charged with felony aggravated fleeing. He appeared in Cook County bond court today and was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
He also was charged with the following misdemeanor counts: driving under the influence, attempt to elude police, failing to notify damage to an unattended vehicle, resisting a peace officer, driving without ever having been issued a license and possession of cannabis. He also was also issued with six traffic violation citations including driving on the sidewalk, negligent driving and others.
According to police, four vehicles were struck, and no one was injured, before the driver tried to flee and then was caught by police.
Thompson-Seay had been double-parked on Chestnut Street just north of the Water Tower Place mall, when a Chicago police officer went up to the car while asking double-parked vehicles to move along, a witness said. When the officer approached, the driver would not open his window, then started to drive off, jumping a curb, driving toward Michigan Avenue and then turning right before crashing farther north on Michigan Avenue, witnesses said.
Thompson-Seay, was behind the wheel of a 2006 Dodge Magnum, which lost its left front wheel in the impact, with the vehicle almost hitting a pedestrian, a second witness said in an email. At least one Chicago police officer ran after the man with a weapon drawn, the second witness said.
The man then ran south along the east edge of the Hancock Center before running into the American Girl store at Water Tower, where he was captured, witnesses said.