COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A man was on his way to a football party with more than half a pound of marijuana after the Chicago Bears' big win on Sunday when blue and red flashing lights appeared behind him.
Realizing he was going to be pulled over, 58-year-old Kenneth Baker of Auburn Gresham tried to ditch the cops, according to court records.
He allegedly cut through a Citgo gas station at 9906 S. Vincennes Ave. and sped west on 99th Street, running two stop signs and a stop light at Beverly Avenue before crashing his red Dodge.
The police, who only knew at the time that the vehicle registration on the red Dodge that Baker was driving had been suspended, sped after him, according to court records.
They ran after Baker when he tried to get away on foot, tackling him to the ground, according to court records.
A search of Baker's car revealed a Wal-Mart bag full of a green leafy substance weighing about 288 grams, according to court records.
Baker, of the 800 block of West 84th Street, told police he was en route to a football party and has "been doing this for 30 years," prosecutors said.
Baker, on parole after a 35-year stint in the Illinois Department of Corrections for murder, was ordered held on $25,000 bail.