Alexis Dumas, 29, of the 800 block of North LaTrobe Avenue, was charged with aggravated DUI, a felony, misdemeanor DUI, and driving on a suspended license, police said.
Police were called about 1 a.m. to Brick's Sports Bar and Grill at 4422 W. Madison St. after a patron called to complain of dangerous overcrowding, Harrison District Lt. Steven Sesso said. When officers arrived they were not allowed inside and the doors were locked, trapping all the patrons inside.
Someone eventually got the doors open and patrons streamed out, Sesso said. Police counted 273 people leaving the 99-person capacity club, but had to stop their count because a man was firing shots in a parking lot across the street.
The man then got into his 1998 Lexus and drove off, Sesso said. He crashed at 10 S. Kostner Ave. and took off on foot, escaping arrest, though police recovered a gun in the car.
No one was shot.
At the same time, two women, including Dumas, were fighting and Dumas got in her car and tried to leave, police said. Several patrons tried to stop her, resulting in her crashing into several parked cars and hitting one patron, who was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in good condition.
"This location is a problem in our district," Sesso said, adding that police had been called there on several other occasions because of overcrowding.
He said the bar has a Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity License, which requires that serving alcohol be secondary to another activity, in this case serving food. When police searched it, they found no evidence of any food being served except a single box of chicken wings in the refrigerator.
The owner was cited for reckless conduct for locking the doors and was cited for violating the liquor license, Sesso said. He said she had been cited before for the same license violations.
Sesso said he is planning to ask the State Fire Marshal to inspect the club, though by law it can continue to operate unless the Liquor Control Commission revokes its license.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2012.)