Police say driver dragged deputy with his car before shot was fired
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org June 12, 2013 7:20PM
Tyrone Spights | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's Department
Updated: July 15, 2013 7:31PM
JOLIET TOWNSHIP — Will County Sheriff’s police say an 18-year-old driver was dragging a deputy with his car when another officer shot at him Tuesday night.
Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said no one was injured in the confrontation, which began around 8 p.m. near Manhattan and Mills roads when a deputy saw the driver of a 1999 Saturn wasn’t wearing a seat belt.
Kaupas said the deputy had Tyrone Spights pull over and began to question him when a lieutenant arrived as backup.
“Spights was extremely uncooperative and refused to get out of the vehicle. When the deputy reached into the car, he pulled away with the deputy caught on the car,” Kaupas said.
The lieutenant then fired one round, which may have passed through the window without striking anything, Kaupas said. The deputy was able to free himself and the Saturn reportedly sped away on Helen Avenue.
Joliet police responding to the shots fired call found the car behind a nearby house. Cocaine and drug paraphernalia were found in the street between the traffic stop and the residence, Kaupas said.
Police surrounded the house before Spights came outside to surrender and was taken into custody without incident, Kaupas said.
Spights, of 604 Elmwood Ave., was booked into the county jail on charges of aggravated battery, fleeing from police and resisting arrest. He was ticketed for a seat belt violation. Records show he was arrested for forgery in 2012.
Kaupas said Wednesday the officer-involved shooting still was under investigation and the Saturn would be searched once a warrant was obtained.