Cops: Driver tells police he ‘freaked out’ after crash and fled
By Brian Stanley email@example.com September 9, 2013 4:02PM
Updated: October 11, 2013 6:20AM
Police say an unlicensed 17-year-old driver led officers on a highway chase early Sunday through Channahon, Joliet and Shorewood.
Channahon Chief Jeff Wold said the incident started just after 3 a.m. when Sgt. Craig Gunty saw a 2001 Mercury Cougar and a silver SUV driving together on southbound Interstate 55.
“(Gunty) felt the drivers were either involved in an altercation or horsing around,” Wold said. “They would get very close together and speed up.”
Gunty followed as the Cougar and SUV got off on Route 6 to head back north on I-55 where they “sped off out of sight,” Wold said.
When the Cougar made a u-turn at Route 59, the sergeant activated his emergency lights to stop the car, Wold said. Instead of pulling over, the Cougar sped to the westbound Interstate 80 ramp where the driver lost control and the car crashed.
“Multiple subjects fled from the car. Shorewood and Joliet police assisted with the search while Will County Sheriff’s police and Minooka firefighters responded to the crash in case there had been injuries,” Wold noted.
Wold said during the search police saw people get into a “blacked out” car that left the area before officers could reach it.
“Which left us with only the wrecked Cougar,” he said. “We contacted the owner who provided information about the driver.”
Later that morning police found Anthony K. Koga, of 2219 Rossiter Parkway in Plainfield, and questioned him.
“He said he’d ‘freaked out and took off’ (from the traffic stop) because he doesn’t have a driver’s license and is on parole,” Wold said.
Koga was charged with reckless driving, aggravated fleeing from police, improper lane usage, no license and speeding and booked into the county jail.