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Driver shot at by Joliet police near Wendy’s hit with drug charges: records

Drug charges were filed against a Dolton man who was fired upon by police officers after he drove at them and pinned one with a vehicle at the Center Street Wendy’s.

On Wednesday, Judge Art Smigielski signed a $500,000 bond warrant for the arrest of William J. Jenkins, 38, on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

William Jenkins

William Jenkins (Photo provided/)

Jenkins was identified by authorities as the driver in an incident on Tuesday at the North Center Street Wendy’s that led to a police shooting. The Will-Grundy Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the shooting.

Both Jenkins and the officer who police say was pinned by Jenkins’ vehicle were taken to a hospital with injuries considered not life threatening, according to task force officials.

Prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint that Jenkins delivered substances containing cocaine on Oct. 5, Oct. 7 and Oct. 20, court records show. The charges stemmed from a Joliet police investigation.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Joliet police officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the parking lot of the Center Street Wendy’s but Jenkins put his vehicle in reverse and struck one of the officers, pinning that officer between Jenkins’ vehicle and a police vehicle, task force officials said.

Police work the crime scene of a shooting outside Wendy's at W. Jefferson St. and N. Center St. Tuesday, Nov.16, 2021 in Joliet.

Police work the crime scene of a shooting outside Wendy’s at W. Jefferson St. and N. Center St. Tuesday, Nov.16, 2021 in Joliet. (Gary Middendorf –

Assisting officers arrived on scene as the officer was struck by Jenkins’ vehicle, task force officials said.

“The assisting Joliet officer’s discharged their firearms, striking the suspect,” task force officials said.

Joliet police Sgt. Dwayne English has referred questions on the shooting to the task force. Romeoville Police Chief Ken Kroll, the task force’s designated spokesman, has yet to provide further information on the purpose of the traffic stop and other details on the incident as of Thursday morning.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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