Dominican security guard hit by car after confronting man smoking pot
A Dominican University security guard suffered minor injuries on Oct. 13 when she was hit by a car after confronting a man allegedly smoking marijuana in a school parking lot.
Philip Jones, 20, 2336 S. 19th Ave. in Broadview, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, battery and various traffic offenses, police said. Jones is not a student at Dominican, university spokeswoman Jessica MacKinnon said.
The security guard, who later received treatment for minor injuries to her legs, confronted a man in the Priory Campus parking lot, 7200 W. Division St., at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.
The man attempted to flee in his car and hit the security guard, police said. The car “brushed” the guard’s leg, Mackinnon said.
Police, who were en route to the campus, found the man in his vehicle at Division and Harlem Avenue, said James O’Shea, deputy police chief for River Forest.
“He was able to pull out of the parking lot,” O’Shea said. “He did not attempt to flee. Officers put their lights on and he stopped. He was just trying to flee prior to police getting there.”
Police detected a strong smell of marijuana from the vehicle and asked him to get out of the vehicle, O’Shea said. The security guard identified the driver as the man who struck her with his vehicle, O’Shea said.
The man was carrying 7.6 grams of marijuana, a glass pipe, and a marijuana grinder, O’Shea said.
Jones was also charged with improper backing of a vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without proof of insurance, O’Shea said.
Reports of illegal drug use at Dominican and nearby Concordia University, also in River Forest, are rare, he said.
“Every once in a while, we get a report of someone who has cannabis at one of the campuses,” O’Shea said.
Dominican has not experienced significant problems previously with non-students hanging out on the campus late at night, nor with drug use on campus, Mackinnon said.
“Our (drug) incidents are not any more than another other university’s and probably less,” she said.