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Man arrested after police smelled pot during traffic stop: Prosecutors

  • Jessie Shears, CPD handout.
Jessie Shears, CPD handout.
December 09, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A suburban man was arrested late Sunday night on charges of resisting arrest after police officers conducting a traffic stop smelled pot coming from his car, county prosecutors said.

Jessie Shears, 20, of Robbins, Illinois, was driving near the 11600 block of South Throop when he was pulled over for a traffic stop by police, according to court records. Prosecutors said police could smell a "strong odor of cannabis" coming from the car, so they asked Shears to step out of the vehicle.

When Shears stepped out of his car, officers began to perform a pat down, to which he responded by trying to flee. Shears flailed his arms and spun in circles in attempt to get free from two officers, and succeeded after they grabbed onto his jacket and he slipped out of it, prosecutors said.

Shears was caught by police and charged with resisting arrest, the police report said, and one officer was brought to the Little Company of Mary Hospital to be treated for a broken finger.

Shears was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Monday afternoon and released on a $40,000 I-bond with electronic home monitoring required.

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