Crazed woman who ran over Chicago officer found NOT guilty after Windy City hired her to be an accountant

In a ruling that appeared to be an understatement of mental health,  a woman charged with dragging a Chicago police officer with his own car has been found not guilty.

Attempted murder and carjacking charges were dropped against 35-year-old Whitley Temple by reason of insanity after Judge Tyria Walton conducted a bench trial over the incident. Amazingly, while awaiting the trial, Temple managed to score a job as an accountant at the city’s Department of Family and Support Services.

(Video Credit: CBS News)

Temple’s bail had initially been set at $2 million, an amount her attorneys found excessive as even Judge Barbara Dawkins, who set the amount, had said prosecutors had not made the case that the woman intended to kill the officer.

Videos from the 2022 incident went viral on social media showing the harrowing events that left the officer with a head injury and needing stitches.

“According to prosecutors, Chicago Police Officer Ed Poppish was responding to shots fired when he saw Temple lying half-naked in the street in the 4400 block of West Jackson and stopped to help her. As Poppish radioed for an ambulance, Temple got up from the pavement, started saying his name repeatedly, and walked around him to get into the squad car’s driver’s seat, according to officials,” CWBChicago reported.

“Poppish tried to stop her, but she allegedly told him, ‘Let me go. This has nothing to do with you,'” the outlet noted.

(Witness recorded video, via CWBChicago):


Poppish, a 23-year veteran of the police force, received six stitches and a concussion after he was dragged into another vehicle when the squad car reversed.

“Prosecutors said shortly after the incident that Temple drove the squad car to a gas station, got out while it was still rolling, went into the station, came back out, and drove away with the patrol car again,” CWBChicago reported.

“Then, she drove onto the inbound Eisenhower Expressway, weaving in and out of traffic at 97 MPH, and was still going 76 MPH when she exited at Sacramento Boulevard and started running red lights on surface streets, prosecutors alleged. She struck five occupied cars, got out, and ran down the block until cops arrested her,” the outlet added.

An appellate court remanded the case to the trial court after Temple’s attorneys filed the appeal on her bond. After posting a $7,500 bail deposit, Temple went home at the time with an ankle monitor which was subsequently removed last year.

Judge Walton found Temple not guilty of one count of attempted murder, “and also found her not guilty by reason of insanity on four other charges, including two counts of aggravated battery to a police officer, vehicular hijacking, and possession of a stolen vehicle,” CBS News reported.

But Temple still needs to work with mental health officials on a treatment plan per the judge’s ruling. Her defense attorney had told Walton that Temple was “in a psychotic state” at the time of the encounter with Poppish.

A spokesperson for the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services confirmed back in March that Temple was no longer employed by them after she landed the job while her case was pending.

Frieda Powers

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