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Reckless driver shot by police in Wicker Park charged

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A vehicle on a Wicker Park sidewalk after a driver was shot by police when he crashed into several parked cars and started driving toward a crowd of people. (NVP News Video) A vehicle on a Wicker Park sidewalk after a driver was shot by police when he crashed into several parked cars and started driving toward a crowd of people. (NVP News Video)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Michigan man shot by a Chicago Police officer Tuesday night has been ordered held on $30,000 bond after allegedly crashing his car into several vehicles in Wicker Park and accelerating the vehicle toward officers.

Michael Cote, 39, faces five felony counts of aggravated assault while operating a motor vehicle against a peace officer and five misdemeanor counts of failure to notify police after damaging an unattended vehicle, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

He was has been ordered held on $30,000 bond, and was scheduled to appear in court Monday for a preliminary hearing, court records show.

Cote, of Newaygo, Mich., was stopped by Chicago Police about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of North Hoyne Avenue. Police in the Shakespeare District stopped Cote’s vehicle after it struck several park cars in the area, police said in a statement.

When the officers walked up to the vehicle, Cote put the car in reverse and accelerated, hitting a sign and several mailboxes, police said.

Cote then accelerated toward the officers, and “in fear of their lives,” one officer shot him, police said.

He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in good condition, according to Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.

Police had tried to subdue Cote with pepper spray but he covered his face with his shirt and refused to get out of the vehicle, Camden said.

He was also issued citations for operating a vehicle without insurance and driving the wrong way through a street or alley, police said.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

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