Michael O’Neil was racing his dad to the hospital for a heart attack when he saw a state trooper in the rearview mirror with his lights flashing.

He thought the trooper was going to escort them to Good Samaritan Hospital in west suburban Downers Grove.


He got a $1,500 speeding ticket. After his dad, William O’Neil, stood behind their Ford Taurus on Interstate 355, he was taken to a different hospital in an ambulance.

The next day, his father underwent surgery and received a stent to fix a blockage in an artery.

William O’Neil, who says the trooper repeatedly questioned whether he was having a heart attack, is furious about how he and his son were treated Sept. 27.

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