CHICAGO — After crashing her car into a police SUV and injuring three officers, a Calumet Heights woman fled to her nearby home, leaving her purse in the car, authorities said.
Makeeba Gates, 20, of the 8800 block of South Clyde Avenue was arrested shortly after the crash at 89th Street and Jeffery Boulevard at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, police said.
The police SUV was traveling eastbound on 89th responding to a call when it was T-boned by a silver Pontiac being driven north on Jeffery by Gates, prosecutors said Wednesday. The squad car had its lights and siren activated at the time of the crash.
The SUV flipped over several times and hit another car in the intersection, prosecutors said. Three officers were taken to the hospital: one with soreness in his back and neck, one with a concussion and one with memory loss.
After the collision, Gates ran with her 12-year-old brother, a passenger in the car, to their home less than three blocks away. She left her purse behind in the car, though, allowing police to find her a short time later.
In addition to a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury or death, Gates was also charged with driving with a suspended license, driving without a license and failing to slow down for an emergency vehicle.
She was ordered held on $150,000 bail Wednesday.