Bond Reduction Denied for Woman Accused of Driving Over Boyfriend
A Cook County judge denied a motion Friday, Dec. 21 to reduce a $100,000 bond for a woman whose boyfriend required surgery on his chest, back and testicles after she allegedly ran over him with a vehicle.
A 23-year-old Tinley Park woman charged with aggravated battery after being accused of running over her live-in boyfriend with her car will remain in jail on $100,000 bond after a Cook County judge denied a bond reduction Friday, Dec. 21.
Prosecutors allege Christine Meyers drove over her boyfriend on Sunday, Dec. 16, causing the man to be hospitalized to get surgery on his chest and back and to repair skin torn off the man's scrotum.
However, Meyers' boyfriend told police a very different story, saying that an unknown vehicle hit him and he didn't want the suspect charged if they were caught.
Meyers' attorney, Thomas Oft asked Judge Patrick T. Rogers to reduce the bond by half, saying that the woman's family could afford to raise about $5,000 cash, which is 10 percent of a $50,000 D bond. Meyers stood silently next to him, wearing blue Department of Corrections garbed and appeared dwarfed by her lawyer and sheriff's deputies surrounding her.
Oft said Meyers has a two-and-a-half year old daughter and she is a graduate of Lincoln-Way North High School. He also said he had represented her in a 2009 aggravated battery case that was reduced to a simple battery charge in Will County.
"She made every single court date except the day she gave birth, your honor," Oft said. "She even came to court when she was in premature labor."
Assistant State's Attorney Amari Dawson objected to lowering the bond.
"Personally, I think the bond is rather low," Dawson said, adding that Meyers reportedly dragged her boyfriend through the street after his legs were caught under the vehicle. Dawson also said Meyers admitted the incident.
Ultimately, Rogers denied the motion, without elaborating on his reasoning.
Meyers is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 7 for indictment.