Harvey cop charged with harassing girlfriend after ramming her car
By Jon Seidel Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org August 10, 2011 4:36PM
George Oliver III
A Harvey cop begged his ex-girlfriend to take back accusations that he drove his SUV into her car after their break-up, prosecutors said, telling her his job is on the line.
Now George L. Oliver III, who was already accused of criminal damage to property and reckless conduct, faces a new count of harassing a witness. He was taken into custody in a Will County courtroom Wednesday after Judge Daniel Rozak set bail for the new charge at $75,000.
That’s in addition to the $75,000 bail Oliver, 39, faced for his original charges.
A judge agreed in June to increase that bail after prosecutors said he repeatedly contacted his ex-girlfriend when he first left jail. He was taken back into custody at the time, but court records show he was released on bond in July.
Now prosecutors say the content of his contact with the woman — sending her text and voice mail messages asking her to change her statements — warranted an additional criminal charge.
Oliver is accused of driving his Chevrolet Tahoe into a Cadillac driven by his ex-girlfriend in University Park in May after the woman ended their relationship. Prosecutors said the woman had three children in the car when Oliver drove into it.
A Harvey police spokeswoman said in June that Oliver has been suspended without pay.