Oak Lawn police detectives interrupted a hand-to-hand crack deal but couldn’t find the goods after the alleged crack dealer led police on a foot chase through some back yards, reports said.
Detectives were staking out a residence in the 8800 block of South Nashville Avenue after receiving information that two men in a white minivan were selling crack, reports said.
Around 1:35 p.m. Jan. 26, police spotted an alleged known crack user coming out of her house to meet the men in van, identified as Dwayne Reeves, 33, and Maurice Chandler, 32, both of Chicago, according to police.
Detectives said they observed the woman and Reeves engage in a hand-to-hand drug transaction. When the deal was completed, reports said, detectives pulled up behind the minivan and activated their emergency lights.
The minivan accelerated and took off down Nashville toward 89th Place, blowing a stop sign, reports said. While chasing the minivan, detectives said it looked as if Reeves was trying to hide something in the rear of his pants.
Detectives eventually stopped the car in the 6400 block of West 89th Place. Both men were ordered out of the vehicle after other units arrived.
While being handcuffed, Reeves allegedly said: “I ain’t got no more rocks. She got my last one.”
Asked what he placed down his pants when detectives attempted to stop the fleeing minivan, Reeves told police he couldn’t raise his arms to allow detectives to search his pants because he was handcuffed, reports said.
When detectives went to handcuff Reeves’ hands in the front, police said he broke away from their grasp and fled on foot through a yard in the 6400 block of West 89th Place.
Reeves dove heard first over a chain link fence was temporarily stuck as he struggled to jump it. Police proceeded to chase him into the alley as Reeves continued to flee on foot, reports said.
Eventually he stopped running and was ordered to the ground in the 6400 block of West 88th Place, reports said. After a brief struggle Reeves was handcuffed a second time, police said.
He allegedly told police that he “ditched the rocks by fence I jumped over.”
K9 Dante searched for the area for the tossed crack cocaine unsuccessfully.
Reeves was charged with two counts of resisting arrest and one count of obstructing a police officer.
The driver of the minivan, Chandler, was taken into custody for misdemeanor fleeing and eluding a police officer. He was also cited for no proof of insurance and disobeying a stop sign. He appeared in court on Feb. 13.
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