Man Charged After Allegedly Dragging ISP Trooper With Vehicle During Traffic Stop


A 31-year-old man is facing attempted murder charges after he allegedly dragged an Illinois State Police trooper with his vehicle during a traffic stop, authorities announced Sunday.

According to state police, 31-year-old Steven Gouveia has been charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and possession of cannabis after the incident, which took place on Wednesday morning on the Interstate 290 eastbound ramp at Damen Avenue.

Police say that a state trooper was conducting a traffic stop on the ramp when he was nearly hit by Gouveia’s vehicle. The trooper ordered Gouveia to stop, but the 31-year-old allegedly tried to flee the scene, and the officer was briefly dragged by the vehicle before putting it into park.

Gouveia resisted arrest, according to authorities, and was placed into custody.

The state trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries, and was treated and released at a local hospital.

Gouveia has been ordered held without bond in connection with the incident.

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