Judge: Man on bond for attempted murder needs to “sit down” after alleged DUI car crash

It’s been a busy June for people on bail for murder and attempted murder charges in Chicago. Prosecutors charged one such citizen with dumping a gun in a car as cops approached him last week. One day earlier, prosecutors said a man on bail for first-degree murder was caught with a gun during a traffic stop.

On Monday, police arrested another man who’s on bail for attempted murder. At least he’s not accused of having a gun.

Around 1:27 a.m., two witnesses gave police descriptions of a man and woman they saw walking away from a car that crashed into parked vehicles near the 1000 block of North California in Humboldt Park. At the same time, a woman — identified by prosecutors as Ashley Hardrick — called 911 to report that her car had just been stolen.

Police stopped a man and a woman who allegedly matched the descriptions given by witnesses about a block from the crash site. The woman was 31-year-old Ashley Hardrick. The man was her fiancee, Antwan Carter, who’s on bail for attempted murder.

Witnesses identified them as the people who walked away from the car crash, which was also recorded by a CPD surveillance camera, prosecutors said.

Carter, who allegedly emitted a “strong odor of alcohol,” was later found to have a blood alcohol content of .130, which is above the .08 legal limit, according to prosecutors. He’s charged with reckless driving and aggravated driving under the influence.

When police ran the crashed car’s information, they realized the vehicle had just been reported stolen. Prosecutors said a 911 dispatcher called the phone number that reported the car stolen, and Hardrick’s phone rang. Police allegedly found the vehicle’s key fob and the car rental agreement in her possession.

She’s now charged with filing a false complaint.

Last August, Hardrick posted a $10,000 cash deposit to get Carter out of jail while he awaits trial in a 2018 attempted murder case, according to court records. He had been held since his arrest, but a judge agreed to reduce Carter’s bond after his attorney filed a motion citing COVID-19 pandemic dangers inside Cook County jail, records show.

Judge John Lyke ordered Carter, 32, held without bail for violating the terms of bond in the attempted murder case and set bail in the car crash at $150,000.

“He needs to sit down,” Lyke said as he ordered Carter to go onto electronic monitoring should he be released.

Hardrick, the mother of two who is reportedly pregnant with Carter’s child, was ordered held on $5,000 bail.

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