I haven't been in Chicago for very long, but I think that Chicago has a crime problem. Some of the criminals are caught, others break free of police, and like any major city, some are never caught. Those that are, for better or worse, depending on how you look at it, don't seem to be the brightest lights on the planet. Some of them should get nominated for Darwin Awards. Sometimes you just have to sit back, scratch your head, and wonder.
Here's a perfect example.
Travis Copeland, 19, from Zion, IL, ran out of a Lake County felony courthouse earlier this week. He made his way to the skyway that connects the courthouse to the jail, passing over a street that lies below. The fleeing teen decided to make a hasty exit when he realized that the Lake County Sheriff's Deputies were right behind him, and his escape route was taking him back to the jail.
He stopped in the breezeway, and one of the Deputies drew down on him with his pistol. At this point, Travis decided to make a headlong run into a window, hoping to break through, fall two stories, and make good his escape. Luckily for him, his plan did not work and he didn't get shot in the process.
Surrounded, Copeland took a running start and hit the glass on the walkway with force, bounced off, staggered, and then layed on the deck. He was handcuffed and taken back to court where his bail, previously $50,000, was raised to $1.5 million.
It's almost a shame that his plan didn't work; Copeland is being tried for aggravated battery of a police officer.