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Gerald J. Smith, 26, of Chicago appeared before Cook County Judge Peter Felice for a bond hearing at the Bridgeview Courthouse.
Prosecutors said that police conducted a traffic stop around 8 p.m. Tuesday, near the 7100 block of West 87th Street in Burbank.
According to the charges, police stopped the vehicle for improper lane usage. Officers reported smelling an odor of marijuana wafting from the vehicle and after determining the driver’s license had been suspended, police asked the occupants to step out of the car.
While questioning Smith, police said that his speech sounded strange and observed something white inside his mouth. That’s when Smith took off running, prosecutors said.
As police were pursuing Smith, he allegedly began tossing away small plastic bags containing a white rock-like substance. Officers said they never lost sight of Smith during the chase and were able to apprehend him after a two-block chase.
“You must be slow to let the policemen catch you,” Judge Felice said to Smith.
Prosecutors said that after being taken into custody, Smith vomited-up several additional plastic baggies containing a white rock-like substance suspected to be crack cocaine.
Police recovered 15 baggies in all and $311 in small bills.
Smith, who is currently on parole stemming from a 2013 drug conviction, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of cannabis, and resisting a peace officer.
Smith’s attorney asked the judge for reasonable bail, noting Smith is the father of 5 children and is responsible for taking them to and from school each day.
The attorney told Felice that police used a Taser on Smith and requested that photographic evidence of his injuries be preserved.
Judge Felice set bail at $100,000. Smith is due back in court on April 6 in Bridgeview.