COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A cop hot on the tail of a man trying to escape arrest Thursday night fell through the thawing ice in Humboldt Park Lagoon.
The incident occurred after Donnell Hodges, 30, ditched his black Cadillac, which police had tried to pull over earlier in the night, according to a police report. Officers saw a man fitting the suspect's description crossing Kedzie Street to Humboldt Park around 9 p.m.
When they walked toward him, ordering him to remove his hand from his waistband, Hodges took off, the report states. He ran east through the park with police close behind.
Midway across the lagoon, ice beneath one of the officer's feet gave way, according to a report. She fell through in waist-deep water, ruining her radio and a pair of work boots.
Hodges was eventually caught and charged with criminal damage to property for damaging the officer's equipment along with possession of a controlled substance for the suspect cocaine police say he tossed in the park, the report states.
The black Cadillac was located in the 3200 block of West Division Street, and its keys were found in a playlot at the park.
After his arrest, Hodges allegedly told police that he ran because he didn't want to get in trouble for smoking pot.
During a brief court hearing Friday, Hodges was ordered held on $150,000.