South Sider charged with ramming cop car

Police charged a South Side man with two felonies and several misdemeanors after he collided with a police car Friday night, injuring the police officer.

Michael Gonzalez, 39, of the 1300 block of West 32nd Street, was driving his 2003 Cadillac DeVille over the speed limit when he passed a police officer monitoring traffic on South Halsted Street, police said.

According to police, the speeding Gonzalez declined to pull over as instructed. Instead, he entered the bike lane and fled down 26th Street.

Gonzalez hit a squad car and then drove into a building on the corner of 26th and Halsted, police said.

The police officer suffered minor injuries in the accident.

Gonzalez failed a field sobriety test and refused a breathalizer test, police said.

Police charged him with aggravated DUI and aggravated fleeing/bodily injury, both felonies.

Police also charged him with transport of alcohol, reckless driving, improper traffic lane usage, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, driving on a suspended license, failure to reduce speed, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

A judge set bond at $125,000.

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