Yes, walking home in the cold sucks. But you know what sucks more?going to jail for carjacking an off-duty Chicago police officer because you figured driving would be more comfortable.
For doing that very thing, George Floyd, 17, faces charges of vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery to a peace officer and aggravated fleeing as well as tickets for driving without a license and failing to stop at 2 stop signs.
At 9:20 p.m. Sunday, the off-duty officer was behind the wheel of a silver 2002 Chevrolet van when Floyd allegedly demanded her keys at 1505 E. 86th St., according to police. There were no passengers in the van.
During the carjacking, Floyd allegedly struck the officer in the face and body with his fist, according to police. It was not known immediately if she was taken to a hospital.
He allegedly took off in the can, leading police on a chase that ended when he crashed into a parked car at 8808 S. Houston Ave., where he was arrested at 9:35 p.m., according to police.
“He was going in and out of traffic, losing officers and went eastbound to Houston and then northbound — avoiding a police car that was cutting him off,” one officer said of the chase.
Floyd allegedly told police, “I was walking home and I was very cold. I didn’t want to walk home,” the officer said.
By the way, “He allegedly took off in the can” isn’t my mistake, that one’s pinned on the CBS 2 Chicago website. I want to thank those folks for the amusing mental image I have of this Floyd character holding up this woman and running off on her motorized toilet. I’ll be chuckling at that for a while.