8 years for driver who rammed cop on Lake Shore Drive, tried to escape from police station

Tajze Mullins and the hole he allegedly escaped through in the ceiling of Area Three police headquarters. (Chicago Police Department; Neal Edelstein)

CHICAGO — A man accused of striking two police officers with his car and then trying to escape by busting through the ceiling of a Chicago police station has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Investigators flagged Tajze Mullins’ license plate after determining that his BMW 750i struck a Cook County sheriff’s police officer last March.

Days later, a Chicago Police Department license plate reader spotted the BMW heading south on Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville, and officers followed the car until it stopped for a red light at Roosevelt Road.

As officers walked up on both sides of Mullins’ car, he allegedly put the BMW into reverse, striking an officer’s leg. Another officer fired a shot at Mullins’ car but missed, hitting the rear passenger door of a nearby Lyft instead, prosecutors said. No one was injured by the shot.

Mullins allegedly weaved in and out of cars, jumped onto the Dan Ryan Expressway, and bailed out near 71st Street. Officers found him hiding under a porch in the 7100 block of South Lafayette.

Prosecutors said Mullins tried to escape from Area Three police headquarters, 2452 West Belmont, by removing a vent cover and climbing into the ceiling of an interview room.

Mullins caused “extensive damage” to the detective division’s ceiling, ductwork, and electrical system before cops brought him down.

He faced attempted murder charges for striking the Chicago police officer on Lake Shore Drive. But court records show he struck a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a peace officer causing great bodily harm. Judge Nicholas Kantas sentenced him to eight years.

In the plea deal, prosecutors dropped the aggravated battery case he faced for allegedly striking the sheriff’s police officer. They also dropped the attempted escape case.

His eight-year sentence will be reduced to four years with good behavior. He will also receive 397 days of credit for time spent in jail since being arrested. His parole date is set for March 9, 2027.

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