Gunman in expressway road rage shooting was on felony pretrial release, officials say

Jervon Whitaker (Cook County sheriff’s office)

CHICAGO — A Chicago man charged with shooting at another driver during a road rage incident on the Dan Ryan Expressway was on pretrial release for a felon theft case at the time, according to court records. Jervon Whitaker is the fifth person accused of murder, attempted murder, or trying to shoot someone in Chicago this year while on felony pretrial release.

The shooting occurred in the outbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway around 1:12 p.m. on January 26. Illinois State Police troopers who responded to the scene found “bullet defects” in the passenger door and window and rear license plate and trunk area of a man’s car, according to Whitaker’s arrest report. He was not injured.

ISP investigators used license plate readers to identify the gunman’s vehicle as a Nissan Rogue registered to Enterprise Rental Car, the report said. They learned that Whitaker had rented the vehicle and later identified him as the person who was driving the SUV at the time of the shooting, according to the report.

An FBI task force and ISP investigators arrested Whitaker last week to face an attempted murder charge. Judge William Fahy detained Whitaker citing, among other things, the fact that he was on felony pretrial release at the time of the allegations.

The pending theft case accuses Whitaker of stealing a dirt bike from the Posen Police Department’s impound lot in January 2023, according to court records.

The “not horrible” series

This report continues our coverage of individuals accused of killing, shooting, or trying to kill or shoot others awaiting trial for a felony allegation. CWBChicago began our series of reports in November 2019 after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans publicly stated, “We haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under the court’s bond reform initiative.

The actual number of murders and shootings committed by people awaiting trial for felony allegations is undoubtedly much higher than the numbers seen here. Since 2017, CPD has brought charges in less than 5% of non-fatal shootings and 33% of murders, according to the city’s data.

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