Blind date turns bad after chase by police

2013-07-18T10:15:00Z 2013-07-19T08:21:04Z Blind date turns bad after chase by policeJoyce Russell, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222

PORTAGE | A Tinley Park man likely won't have a second date with a 25-year-old Lowell woman after leading police on a brief chase late Wednesday night and then wrecking his motorcycle with her on the back.

The woman, who received abrasions to her right elbow, forearm and palm, told police she was on a "blind date" with the driver. She was treated at the scene and refused further medical treatment.

Samuel Messino, 26, was charged with drunken driving, reckless driving, criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement. He also was given numerous traffic citations.

Police clocked Messino just after 10 p.m. driving his motorcycle at 72 mph north on Willowcreek Road from Central Avenue.

An officer activated his lights in an attempt to pull over Messino.

Messino stopped at a red light at Houston Avenue, but then, when the light turned green, continued north, traveling near the speed limit. When he reached old Porter Road, he accelerated and reached a speed of more than 65 mph, according to the report.

Messino then ran a red light at U.S. 20 and attempted to turn onto westbound Interstate 94. The motorcycle tumbled on the ramp, throwing off Messino and his passenger.

Messino received abrasions to his right leg and bicep. He also was treated at the scene and then transported to Porter Portage Hospital Campus. When he refused a chemical test to determine whether he was intoxicated, a warrant was issued to draw blood for toxicology testing.

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