ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A Blackberry Township woman who was ticketed twice in the same morning for speeding was also charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, according to police and court records.
Tamara L. Gregory, 48, of the 40W000 block of Wellington Way, Blackberry Township, was charged Feb. 5 with speeding 36 miles an hour in 25 mph zone, speeding 46 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone and misdemeanor fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports and court records.
When she was stopped the first time, Gregory told the deputy, “You know what? You’re awful. … I gotta go,” the report stated.
When she was stopped the second time, Gregory at first refused to open her door and get out of her car, saying, "I’m not getting out there. It’s cold,” the report stated.
The incident began after a person called in a complaint to the sheriff’s office about a driver on Terney Lane and Huntington Boulevard in the Mill Creek subdivision, according to a sheriff’s report.
The caller stated that on several occasions, he observed a small, dark SUV with four-digit registration plate speed east on Terney and disobey the stop sign at Herrington between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m., according to the report.
The caller estimated the vehicle’s speed at between 40 to 50 miles an hour, the report stated.
At 6:22 a.m., a deputy’s radar unit registered a vehicle traveling east on Terney at 36 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone, the report stated.
Another vehicle backed out of a driveway directly behind where the deputy’s squad car was, and pulled in front of the speeding vehicle.
After both vehicles passed, the deputy noticed the second one was a black 2015 Honda SUV with a four-digit registration, so he followed and activated his emergency lights when the vehicle failed to signal a left turn and failed to stop at the stop sign, the report stated.
After the vehicle came to a stop, the deputy went up to the driver’s door.
“I tapped on the window, but the driver, who was later identified as Tamara Gregory, failed to open the window and attempted to make phone calls,” the report stated. “When she did open the window, she was rude and visibly perturbed at my presence, claiming she had a sick child and was attempting to call the child’s school. … She stated, ‘This is ridiculous.’”
When the deputy told her she was driving 36 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone, she replied, “Really? I was following the other guy,” the report stated.
When the deputy told her the person just pulled out (of) the driveway, she accused that person of going 36 miles an hour, the report stated.
“After advising Tamara a citation would be issued for 36 mph in a 25 mph zone, she stated, ‘You know what? I have to go to work. This is ridiculous. I know Kane County cops,’” the report stated.
“In order to prevent a confrontation, I returned to my squad.”
When the deputy returned to her vehicle to give Gregory the speeding ticket, he also advised her that her car registration was expired, the report sated.
“Her response was, ‘You know what? You’re awful. … I gotta go. You’re awful. … I hope you pay for what you did,’” the report stated.
Gregory continued to drive east on Armstrong Lane and appeared to be going faster than 25 miles an hour again, the report stated.
The deputy attempted to catch up to her, activating his radar unit which indicated she was traveling faster – 46 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone, the report stated.
The deputy turned on his emergency lights again and attempted to stop her as she turned south onto North Mill Creek Drive, did not stop and drove into the bike lane on the west side of the road numerous times, the report stated.
Gregory did stop at a red light at Fabyan Parkway, then turned east, finally stopping on the shoulder of the road just west of Kaneville Road, the report stated.
“I ordered her to shut off the vehicle’s engine six times and to exit the vehicle,” the report stated. “When she refused to obey my orders, i waited for additional assistance.”
After three more deputies arrived, two of them opened her driver’s door and ordered Gregory out of the vehicle, the report stated.
“When she was advised she was under arrest, she replied, ‘No! This guy is awful,’” referring to the first deputy.
“After being ordered out again, she also said, ‘I’m not getting out there. It’s cold.’ When she did finally comply and exit, she said, ‘I’m not getting cuffed up. This cop is awful.’ She was placed in handcuffs while being escorted to my squad car, she repeatedly referred to me as ‘Horrible.’”
Based on her lack of cooperation and abnormal reaction to the consequences of her driving, the deputy called for emergency medical services from Batavia to evaluate her; she refused medical treatment when they arrived, the report stated.
Gregory was issued the second speeding ticket and a citation and notice to appear for fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer.
“She was released after she apparently calmed down,” the report stated.
Gregory is scheduled to appear in St. Charles branch court Feb. 26 for plea setting.
Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500, if convicted.