Woman accused of running over suburban cop is charged with escaping electronic monitoring for the second time

Megan Rozak and a police body camera image of the incident. | Lynwood PD; CCSO

A suburban Chicago woman was charged this week with escaping electronic monitoring for the second time while she awaits trial on charges of attempted murder of a police officer.

Megan Rozak, 28, is accused of running over a Lynwood cop who was ordering her out of a car during an investigation in December 2020.

Prosecutors said the officers had just arrested a suspected package thief and had turned their attention to Rozak, who was behind the wheel of a nearby car when she accelerated and struck an officer.

The incident was recorded on another officer’s body camera. Watch:

Court records show that Rozak was out on bail for two misdemeanors—aggravated assault and retail theft—at the time of the incident.

A judge ordered her to pay $25,000 toward bail to get out of jail during her first bond court appearance in December 2020. Judge Brian Flaherty reduced that to $20,000 in March 2021, and Rozak went home on May 7, court records show.

She was charged with escape for the first time three weeks later. Prosecutors said she left her home and her ankle monitor had been damaged.

On January 7, 2022, she went home again to await trial for the attempted murder and escape cases.

But, prosecutors said this week, she went missing again on August 25. According to the allegations, her ankle monitor died, and sheriff’s office workers couldn’t find her.

Officials found her again on October 7 when they rechecked her home and discovered that she had returned, prosecutors said.

Her defense attorney said she lives with her husband and three stepchildren. She goes to church regularly and is studying for her GED, the attorney said.

Judge Charles Beach held her without bail for violating bond in the attempted murder and first escape charge. He set bail at $500,000 on the new escape case. She must post 10% of that amount to get out of jail if she becomes eligible for release.

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