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Chicago Sun-Times
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Austin man charged with attempted murder of Chicago police officer while trying to flee after traffic stop

Timothy Hendricks, 32, is charged with striking a Chicago cop with his car. (Sun-Times file)

An Austin man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and three other felonies, accused of hitting a Chicago police officer while fleeing a traffic stop Thursday in Humboldt Park. 

Timothy Hendricks, 32, tried to drive off after being stopped around 8 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Ridgeway Avenue, Cook County prosecutors said at a bail hearing Saturday.

After putting his vehicle in drive and hitting a squad car, he hit an officer with the passenger door of the car, which had been opened by a passenger, dragging the officer into a squad car, prosecutors said. 

Timothy Hendricks is accused of injuring a Chicago Police officer while fleeing a traffic stop. (Chicago Police Department)

Another officer slashed the tire of Hendricks’ car, causing Hendricks to run, prosecutors said. He was arrested about a block away after he tried to hide in a nearby home, according to police.

Hendricks also was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer, possessing less than 15 grams of cocaine and resisting and obstructing a police officer and given traffic citations.

A Cook County judge set Hendricks’ bail at $1 million. 

Hendricks has seven previous felony convictions and six misdemeanor convictions, including a misdemeanor assault of a police officer, prosecutors said. 

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