‘Sideshow’ driver accelerated toward cop in West Loop, prosecutors say. Felony charges filed

Felony charges have been filed against a man who allegedly drove his vehicle toward a Chicago police officer during a “sideshow” caravan downtown on Saturday.

Omar Daaboul, 19, was already on first-time gun offender probation when he encountered officers in the 500 block of South Clinton around 3:10 a.m.

Cops were in the area handling calls of drag racing and other dangerous driving when they saw Daaboul standing next to a car they believed was involved in the incident, prosecutor Sahin Jutla said.

Omar Daaboul | CPD

According to a CPD media statement, cops saw Daaboul’s car doing donuts in the intersection of Columbus and Upper Wacker Drive before approaching him in the West Loop.

Daaboul got into his car as officers approached, and a CPD sergeant stood in front of it. But Daaboul allegedly put his car into reverse, striking a parked car, then drove forward toward the sergeant. He hit the brakes before hitting the officer, Jutla said.

Judge Charles Beach, who was handling Daaboul’s bail hearing on Sunday afternoon, noted that the CPD arrest report said the sergeant had to jump out of the way of Daaboul’s car. Daaboul also refused to get out of the vehicle, and police had to break his window to take him into custody, according to the report.

CPD records show Daaboul was charged in February with felony unlawful use of a weapon. He received first-time gun offender probation in that matter, Jutla said.

Daaboul, who lives in west suburban Worth, is charged with felony aggravated assault of a peace officer. Authorities said he was also cited for cannabis possession and five traffic violations.

Beach ordered him held without bail for violating probation. The judge assigned to that case will review the situation this week. Separately, Beach ordered Daaboul to pay a $3,000 deposit toward bail to go home on electronic monitoring in the new case.

Also on Saturday, Chicago police detained two men at a “sideshow” near 25th Street and King Drive. Jose Castillo, 18, is charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct, and Juan Venegas, 18, was cited for possessing a pellet gun, disorderly conduct, and a litany of traffic violations, according to a CPD spokesperson. Both men live in Chicago.

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