Police Blotter: Police nab stolen SUV after chase
April 17, 2012 8:54PM
Updated: May 19, 2012 8:08AM
JOLIET — An officer reportedly watched the driver of a stolen sport utility vehicle roll through a stop sign Monday afternoon and commit several other traffic violations during the ensuing chase.
About 3 p.m., Officer Dave Martis was stationed near Fourth Avenue and Sherman Street to ensure the stop sign was obeyed when a blue 2005 Chervrolet Tahoe failed to stop, Cmdr. Al Roechner said. The vehicle had been reported stolen from Crest Hill earlier in the day.
“Officer Martis activated lights and sirens and caught up with the SUV on Chicago Street where the driver let a female passenger out of the vehicle and took off at a high rate of speed,” Roechner said.
The suspected driver, Jaelyn D. Gant, 18, then ran another stop sign and cut in front of a vehicle on Osgood Street before stopping the Tahoe and running to the 200 block of Lincoln Street, Roechner said. After being caught by officers Terry Higgins and Frank Wascher, Gant, of 1016 Highland Ave., was booked into the county jail on charges of motor vehicle theft, attempting to flee from police and driving on a suspended license.
Man killed in crash
STREATOR — A Joliet man died Monday afternoon after his car crashed several miles west of Streator in LaSalle County.
Amiere A. Davis, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene, The Times of Ottawa reported. Three passengers were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital. The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office has not released any information about the passengers.
About 2:35 p.m., Davis was driving west on Route 18 near East 10th Road, when for unknown reasons, the car went onto the north shoulder, then crossed both lanes, entered the south ditch and went into a field, where it rolled. The sheriff and coroner’s offices are investigating.
In other police news:
Malchiluyah G. Carr: 31, of 3520 S. State St. in Lockport, was arrested by Joliet police and booked into the county jail Thursday for failing to comply with the state’s sex offender registry requirements.
Jesse J. Johnson: 18, of 918 Union Drive in University Park, was arrested by University Park police and booked into the county jail Thursday on a charge of robbery.
David S. Medina: 45, of 1522 E. Cass St. in Joliet, was arrested by the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad and booked into the county jail Thursday on charges of narcotics possession and possession of narcotics with intent to deliver.
Elonta Y. McDowell: 17, of 322 Woodcreek Drive in Bolingbrook, was arrested by Bolingbrook police and booked into the county jail Thursday on charges of residential burglary and theft.