Police have issued arrest warrants for a local man after he allegedly fled from officers during a routine traffic stop. Wednesday night about 7:03 p.m., officers with the La-Grange Police Department were patrolling the area of Calumet Park on Union Street when they observed a subject driving a small GMC pickup truck without a seatbelt.
Police only noticed the vehicle because it was sitting stopped at a green light blocking traffic and another motorist had sounded their horn to alert the driver to go.
Officers were very familiar with the driver, Antivolis Hardnett, aka “Shooter,” and police believe he was obstructing traffic to avoid them from seeing him. Officers then briefly lost sight of Hardnett while they confirmed that he also did not have a valid license to drive. Eventually, officers located Hardnett speeding along Daniel Street and they initiated a traffic stop after he made several abrupt turns, clearly trying to avoid them. Hardnett then ran a stop sign and began accelerating away from officers, who had already activated their emergency equipment to pull him over.
At this point, officers elected to stop chasing Hardnett due to the number of pedestrians in the area, including many children walking in the roadway.
Officers then continued to monitor Hardnett at a safe speed and distance as he continued his reckless driving. Hardnett then ran another stop sign on Revis Street and attempted to turn onto Snelson Street, but he failed to make the turn and stalled out. Hardnett then fled the vehicle on foot abandoning the truck in the intersection.
Hardnett then disappeared after running toward Locust Street. He reportedly lives in the 100 block of Locust Street.
The pickup truck was then searched and towed from the scene. In the meantime, residents from Hardnett’s supposed home arrived to retrieve the vehicle, but they refused to acknowledge how they learned the truck was abandoned at this location.
Warrants were later issued for Hardnett’s arrest for Fleeing and Eluding Police, Reckless Driving, Driving without a Valid License, and Seatbelt Violation.
This incident is still under investigation.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer