Woman Charged With Dragging Chicago Police Officer After Traffic Stop

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A Chicago woman is being held on $50,000 bond after she allegedly attempted to flee a traffic stop and dragged a Chicago police officer for several downtown city blocks Monday afternoon.

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Jasmine Smith, 28, appeared in court Tuesday, a day after she was arrested and charged with felony counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated fleeing, along with a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving and multiple traffic citations.

According to Cook County prosecutors, Smith was driving with a male passenger in the 700 block of North State Street just before 4 p.m. Monday when she was pulled over by officers in a marked squad vehicle.

Smith handed the officers an Indiana ID, but allegedly could not provide a valid driver’s license. Prosecutors said the officers smelled the odor of burnt marajuana and asked both occupants multiple times to get out of the vehicle.

But they refused, and when an officer tried to take Smith’s seatbelt off, she allegedly put the car into drive and pulled away southbound on State, dragging the officer with them as they drove through multiple red lights.

Jasmine Smith (Chicago Police Department)Jasmine Smith (Chicago Police Department)

While being dragged, the officer was at one point able to get the vehicle into park, prosecutors said, but Smith shifted back into drive and continued on. The officer eventually got the car into park a second time after being dragged for “several city blocks,” according to prosecutors, and both Smith and her passenger were arrested.

The officer was taken to the hospital and was treated for knee abrasions, prosecutors said.

A defense attorney representing Smith said she is a lifelong Chicago resident and suffers from asthma, which puts her at a heightened risk for COVID-19 inside the Cook County Jail.

In setting bond Tuesday, Judge Mary Catherine Marubio called the alleged crime an “incredibly serious offense.”

Smith is due back in court on Dec. 28.

Contact Matt Masterson: @ByMattMasterson | (773) 509-5431 | [email protected] 

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