A man who pulled a gun on a woman, fired shots at a vehicle and then led police on a chase in McHenry County last summer has been sentenced to probation and psychiatric treatment.
Daryl Tierney, 67, of the 11500 block of Route 173 in Capron, was charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred around 8:10 a.m. on July 20, 2020, in the area of Route 173 near White Oaks Road in Harvard.
Deputies responded to a call of a man firing a gun from his vehicle towards another car.
The vehicle, a black 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, continued driving and the Harvard Police Department located it a short time later.
Officers attempted to stop the Chevrolet, driven by Tierney, and he failed to stop.
Officers pursued the Chevrolet until McHenry County sheriff’s deputies arrived to take over.
Deputies continued the pursuit into Boone County where the Boone County Sheriff’s Office successfully deployed stop sticks.
With four flat tires, the Chevrolet finally stopped in the 11500 block of Route 173 in Capron and Tierney was taken into custody, the sheriff’s office said.
A Smith and Wesson .357 revolver containing spent cartridges was recovered from the man’s vehicle.
An investigation showed that a traffic altercation occurred between Tierney and a 75-year-old Capron man.
Tierney fired shots from his vehicle towards the other man’s vehicle during the incident, sheriff’s officials said.
Neither man was injured, although Tierney was later transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Harvard for an unrelated health issue.
A criminal complaint also said that Tierney, who was holding the gun in his hand, approached a woman’s car as she was stopped on the side of the road.
Tierney entered into a blind plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle, a Class 1 felony, in exchange for his other charges being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt approved the deal on Monday and sentenced Tierney to two years of probation.
Tierney was also sentenced to 180 days in jail as part of his sentence, but he will not have to serve it after receiving 204 days of credit for time already served in the county jail.
Wilbrandt said in a sentencing order that the imprisonment of Tierney would “endanger his medical condition.”
Wilbrandt is requiring the man to continue undergoing psychiatric treatment, the sentencing order said.
Tierney will have to pay $3,249 in court fines and fees as part of his sentence.