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Cook County man charged with vehicle theft, fleeing police in Elmhurst

Bond was set at $1million Thursday for a Cook County man charged with attempting to flee Elmhurst police in a stolen vehicle.

Gonzalo Guerrero, 29, of the 14000 block of Lawndale Avenue, Midlothian, has been charged with one count of aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, three counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two traffic offenses, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

On March 3, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Elmhurst police observed a 2020 Nissan near the intersection of St. Charles Road and Fair Avenue that was allegedly taken in an aggravated vehicular hijacking out of Chicago the previous day.

A short time later, police observed the Nissan, allegedly driven by Guerrero, near St. Charles Road and Cottage Hill Avenue. When the police began to follow the car, it is alleged that the vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed. The Nissan then turned southbound onto Spring Road at which time police attempted to conduct a traffic stop, according to the release.

The vehicle did not stop and instead continued driving through a residential neighborhood at a high rate of speed. It ultimately struck another vehicle as it turned on to Spring Road causing such damage that police were forced to break a window in the vehicle to remove the driver.

During a search, police found a baggie containing cocaine in Guerrero’s possession. Guerrero was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment where he was treated and released.

“The lawlessness and complete disregard for the safety of the general public allegedly displayed by Mr. Guerrero as he led an officer on a high-speed chase in the middle of the afternoon through a residential neighborhood in a stolen motor vehicle will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release.

Guerrero’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 1 for arraignment.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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