A Waukegan man was charged after he allegedly dragged his pregnant girlfriend by the hair outside a Gurnee apartment on Sunday and later fled from police while at the hospital, causing an officer to suffer a head injury.
Christopher Simmons, 22, of Waukegan, was charged with aggravated battery, two counts of domestic battery, resisting a peace officer and escape.
The Gurnee Police Department responded on Sunday to the 200 block of Minthaven Court in Gurnee for a report of a domestic battery.
Gurnee Police Department Public Information Officer Shawn Gaylor told Lake and McHenry County Scanner witnesses heard yelling between a male and a female and saw the female being pulled by her hair into the street.
Officers arrived and found a male subject, identified as Simmons, leaving the area, Gaylor said.
Simmons was detained and later taken into custody for the alleged battery.
Simmons requested medical treatment and Gurnee Fire Department paramedics transported him to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan with police supervision, Gaylor said.
Simmons then allegedly tried to flee the hospital on foot and an officer chased him.
Simmons ignored police commands and he was subsequently tased, Gaylor said.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Caitlin Valiulis said during a bond hearing Monday morning that the victim is Simmons’ girlfriend and she is four months pregnant.
The victim had scratches on her chest, missing hair and she was bleeding from the scalp. She also had a large scratch on her back and her shirt was ripped, Valiulis said.
The victim told officers Simmons pulled her hair and hit and dragged her, Valiulus said.
Paramedics treated the woman’s injuries at the scene.
The officer who took Simmons into custody at the hospital sustained a large welt when he hit his head on the ground while tackling Simmons, Valiulus added.
That officer was admitted to the hospital for a head trauma assessment.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak set Simmons’ bond at $200,000.
Simmons remains held at the Lake County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 9 for a preliminary hearing.