A grand jury has indicted a man on attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly hit a police officer with his vehicle and injured her in Lincolnshire.
Michael J. Ockerman, 32, who has no permanent address, was initially charged last month with one count of aggravated battery of a peace officer, a Class 2 felony.
On Wednesday, a Lake County grand jury indicted the man on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery of a peace officer, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and aggravated fleeing to elude a peace officer.
The Lincolnshire Police Department received a call from a neighboring police department regarding a reckless driver traveling northbound on Milwaukee Avenue near Aptakisic Road just before 5:30 p.m. on April 14.
Lincolnshire Police Department Commander Kimberly Covelli said dispatchers immediately received several 911 calls from people in the area reporting the vehicle was driving recklessly and blocking the roadway.
As police arrived on the scene, the suspect vehicle, driven by Ockerman, proceeded northbound on Milwaukee Avenue.
Ockerman started driving in circles on the roadway through all lanes of Milwaukee Avenue near Riverside Road.
An officer attempted to block northbound traffic on Milwaukee Avenue to keep motorists safe, Covelli said.
After exiting her squad car, she was struck by the suspect’s vehicle.
Ockerman fled from the scene at a high rate of speed and officers pursued the vehicle in an attempt to stop it.
The vehicle did not stop for the officers’ emergency lights and sirens, Covelli said.
“Due to the recklessness of the driver and to avoid other innocent persons from being involved in a serious crash, officers discontinued the pursuit,” she said.
The injured officer was transported from the scene by ambulance to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with non-life-threatening injuries.
The officer was treated and released, Covelli said.
Detectives found evidence identifying Ockerman as the driver. They also obtained information showing he was last seen in Burlington, Wisconsin.
An arrest warrant was obtained and a Lake County judge set bond at $350,000 on the warrant.
On April 17, the police department received a tip regarding Ockerman’s whereabouts.
The Dubuque, Iowa Police Department was notified by the Lincolnshire Police Department and within hours they located Ockerman.
Officers arrested Ockerman near an entrance to one of the city’s parks in Dubuque.
Ockerman was held in the Dubuque Law Enforcement Center and later extradited to Lake County.
He remains held in the jail on a $1 million bond. He would need to post $100,000 cash in order to be released.
Ockerman is scheduled to appear in court again on May 24.