Jeffery Hersh of Chicago Illinois was admitted to a local hospital after a traffic crash led police to arrest the man for drunken driving.
At the Illinois Masonic Medical Center it was found the Hersh had been struck by a Taser gun. The 37-year-old man had apparently been shot over 18 miles away from the scene of the accident. He was shot by a police officer who had been trying to arrest the Des Plaines man for stealing booze.
The chain of events that led to the man’s hospitalization began at 10:45 on Sunday morning when Des Plaines police were called to Binny’s Beverage Depot after a reported robbery. Police pulled over the man at the corner of Oakton Street and Mt. Prospect rd.
Police Chief Jim Prandini said “He began fighting with the officers who attempted to take him into custody” and added that the man would not leave his vehicle.
Hersh then decided to make a run from the scene, all while holding an officer in his car and dragging him for some distance. At this point the police decided to Tase the man. Luckily no officers were hurt attempting to bring Hersh into custody.
Hersh left the initial scene at an extremely high rate of speed “probably over 100 mph” Pradini said. The man was chased for a short distance but was abandoned due to the highly erratic and fast driving. The Des Plaines police felt they had enough evidence to obtain a warrant and planned to arrest him later that day. Before they could do this they received a call from Chicago saying that Hersh was at Illinois Masonic.
The crash at Division St. and Central Park Ave. in the Humboldt Park neighborhood is the event that led to Hersh’s final arrest. He was arrested at the hospital at around 1:45pm and ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol.