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Woman charged with DUI crashed car in Hyde Park, fled in cab: Police

March 24, 2014|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A Wisconsin woman was accused of crashing into four parked cars early Saturday morning in Hyde Park, then fleeing in a cab, county prosecutors said.

Kimberly Rodgers, 49, of Madison, was charged with a misdemeanor driving under the influence offense. Then when she was being booked in the 2nd District police station, she allegedly attacked a police officer for trying to remove the jewelry she was wearing, breaking the officer's nail in the process.

According to court records, Rodgers was seen by a witness driving on East Hyde Park Boulevard, near President Obama's house, when she struck four parked cars. The witness told police officers she then jumped into a cab heading westbound on 51st Street, the police report said, and officers followed and curbed the cab.

Rodgers appeared intoxicated, the police report said, and admitted to driving her car into the other cars.

The report said Rodgers became "belligerent and combative" at the police station, and refused to remove her jewelry when a police officer asked her to. That officer tried to remove the jewelry herself, and Rodgers allegedly responded by jerking away, breaking the officer's nail and tearing a ring off the officer's right middle finger.

Rodgers then punched the officer in the face and kicked her in the thigh, the police report said, leading officers to charge her with felony aggravated battery to a police officer.

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

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