A woman who commandeered a police SUV on Monday and ran over a cop after she was found naked on a street in West Garfield Park now faces a slew of felony charges – and misdemeanor charges for driving with a suspended license and without insurance.
As the officer responded to a call for gunfire around 9:49 a.m., a dispatcher reported that 34-year-old Whitley D. Temple was ‘naked, intoxicated and threatening to hit people’ at the intersection of Kostner Avenue and Jackson Boulevard, according to an arrest report.
After finding Temple lying naked on the ground, the officer got out of his marked SUV to check on her and called an ambulance, the report said. It was then that Temple stood up, walked over to the officer, and finally jumped into the SUV.
In a video of the encounter that has been circulating on social media, the woman appears to enter the car through an unlocked front door. The officer orders her out as he apparently tries to pull her out of the driver’s seat. She appears to put the car in reverse, knocking the officer to the ground with the door and dragging him as she narrowly avoids colliding with another car.
Another video obtained by the Sun-Times shows Temple fleeing with the door ajar as the officer, apparently bleeding from the head, struggles on the ground. He suffered lacerations to his head and left leg and an abrasion to his left hand, according to the report.
The officer was hospitalized and released later Monday, police said.
After “ramming into other vehicles along the way”, Temple crashed into the 2000 block of West Harrison Street, exited the SUV through a window and into oncoming traffic. She was arrested after a brief foot chase and taken to nearby Stroger Hospital, the report said.
Radio traffic reported that she had been admitted for a psychological evaluation.
Temple, of West Garfield Park, was charged Wednesday with counts of attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault of a peace officer, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fleeing the scene of an accident, Chicago police said. She also faces a misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license and without insurance.
His initial hearing was set for Wednesday.