Pro-tip: Do Not Go Film A Teevee Show At The Jail If You Are Actually Supposed To Be In Jail

Pro-tip: Do Not Go Film A Teevee Show At The Jail If You Are Actually Supposed To Be In Jail

It’s nice to get a cool job working on teevee crews filming the one million gritty dramas based in Chicago: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Animal Control, Chicago Meter Maid. But it is un-smart to head on over to the Cook County Jail to film a thing when you have outstanding warrants for your arrest.


We understand ignoring/dodging your existing warrant, because who among us has not lived a life on the lam, but it seems if you’re going the dodging route, even your rudimentary life skills should prevent you from GOING TO THE JAIL VOLUNTARILY, even if you are helping film Terrance Howard’s new show, “Empire,” because jails tend to need to do intrusive things like check your ID and run rudimentary background checks to make sure you are not a criminal mastermind or bombmaker sneaking in with the film crew. Also, too, because warrant-checking at the door likely trips up some people not smart enough to forego visiting a pal in jail even though they also too should be in jail. Unlike in teevee, the criminal class is not generally composed of masterminds.

One man, James Suhajda, age 52, was arrested because he had an outstanding warrant in DuPage County […] During the background check on Suhajda, sheriff’s staff found that he was wanted on a domestic battery warrant issued in DuPage County. DuPage County court records show Suhajda pleaded guilty in 1999 in a domestic battery case that was initiated by Downers Grove police, and was sentenced to supervision, but had a warrant sworn out for his arrest in 2003.

You know, you might have forgotten to pay a speeding ticket and ended up having a warrant, but one generally does not forget one’s conviction for domestic battery, probably.

Also not a smart life move: bringing drugs to work when you are filming at the jail that day.

[A]nother man was arrested but then later released without charges after jail officers found marijuana in the car he was driving, said Ben Breit, a spokesman for Sheriff Tom Dart.

Some days you really need to wake and bake before work, but you should still be lucid enough to remember “hey, today involves me going to the jail, which is entirely staffed by law enforcement people, so probably I should throw out this dimebag before I roll up.”

Thus endeth your “think before the jailhouse doors clink” lesson for the day.

[Chicago Tribune]

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