While driving southbound on Cicero Avenue, an Oak Lawn at about 8 p.m. on St. Valentine’s Day, an Oak Lawn police officer observed a driver of another vehicle driving without a seat belt. A quick check of the vehicle’s registration indicated that the license was suspended.
After pulling the vehicle over, the officer received a Valentine’s surprise as the driver squealed the tires and began fleeing according to police reports. The driver then allegedly sped through a red light at 111th and turned left heading toward Chicago. According to the police, the vehicle was traveling as fast as 90 M.P.H., which is fifty miles over the limit while passing other cars and running the red light at Pulaski also.
Oak Lawn dispatchers notified the Chicago police of the fact that a chase was ongoing as Oak Lawn police lost the car in the chase. Luckily, the Chicago Police Department located the vehicle at 119th and Marshfield and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver continued to flee and allegedly crashed at about 111th and Parnell.
The driver of the vehicle, Joshua Bennett, was arrested after fleeing the vehicle on foot and being caught by Chicago’s Police who chased him. Chicago charged Bennett, of Country Club Hills, with aggravated fleeing and eluding for the events occurring in Chicago. The Oak Lawn police asked the State’s Attorney for a direct indictment of Bennett for the events in Oak Lawn. Charges were to include aggravated fleeing/eluding, felony driving while his license is suspended and multiple traffic citations.
Bennett, 21, spent Valentine’s night in custody at 26th in California as a guest of the County according to police.