Man accused of multiple Bucktown car crashes

By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas


5:22 PM CDT, June 12, 2014


A Michigan man was accused of striking at least five cars with his car while driving in Bucktown late Tuesday night, then almost running over police, county prosecutors said.

Michael Cote, 39, of Newaygo, Mich., was arrested June 10 just before midnight near the corner of North Avenue and Hoyne Street, according to the police report. He was charged with five counts of aggravated assault to a police officer with a motor vehicle, among other charges.

Officers arrested Cote after they observed him driving irratically and striking numerous parked vehicles, and committing traffic violations, the report said. When police attempted to curb the vehicle, the report said, Cotes attempted to strike the uniformed officers with his vehicle.

Cotes was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Thursday afternoon and ordered held in lieu of a $30,000 bond.

During the bond hearing, Cote's defense attorney said Cotes did not know the men were police officers, could not see their uniforms, and believed he was being attacked.

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