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Motorist Charged For Fleeing Bicycle Police Downtown

UPDATED 02/06/12 6:36 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A Hazel Crest woman stands charged with trying to slam her car into a bicycle police officer in downtown Chicago, after the officer tried to pull her over.

As WBBM Newsradio's Dave Marsett reports, bicycle officers say they tried to stop Ashley Day, 25, east of the Loop around 2:40 p.m. Saturday, for talking on her cell phone while driving and making an illegal U-turn at Randolph Drive and Stetson Avenue. Day initially stopped, but then drove off and nearly struck the bicycle officer as she fled.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio's Dave Marsett reports


Another officer attempted to stop Day a short distance away, and again she almost struck the officer attempting to make the stop, police said.

Officers finally stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of North Lake Shore Drive, where she was taken into custody, police said.

No officers were seriously injured, police said.

Day, of the block of Stonecreek Drive in south suburban Hazel Crest, was charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault while operating a motor vehicle against a police officer and one count of misdemeanor fleeing and attempting to elude police, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. She was also issued two traffic citations.

Day's bond was set at $10,000 in Central Bond Court Sunday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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