Aurora police have arrested and charged a 20-year-old man after receiving numerous reports of “extremely dangerous drag racing” around the city Friday night.
Just after 10 p.m. Friday (April 10, 2020), Aurora police officers were responding to a report of about 50 “Fast and Furious” type cars in the parking lot of a Speedway gas station in the area of Lake Street and Sullivan Road.
According to an APD news release, as officers approached the area, they observed a group of cars traveling on Sullivan Road from Lake Street. One officer followed the cars when he noticed that multiple vehicles had crashed into each other at the intersection of Sullivan Road and IL Route 25.
While officers were on the scene of the accident, an officer noticed a black Jeep Cherokee SUV make a rapid U-turn, squeal its tires, and take off at an extremely high rate of speed, despite several officers in marked squad cars and on foot in the area.
Police reports said the vehicle “was completely blacked out, with tinted windows and had a loud, obnoxious, and distinct sounding muffler.”
As the vehicle made the U-turn, an officer was able to observe the driver through the windshield, and the rolled-down driver’s window and recognized him as 20-year-old Diego Deloera, of the 400 block of North Farnsworth in Aurora.
Another officer activated emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop.
Police said the Jeep increased its speed and drove into oncoming traffic lanes on Route 31. The officer estimated the Jeep was traveling at more than 80 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Officers stopped pursuing the vehicle, and after a short time went to Deloera’s home, where they found the vehicle parked outside. Deloera was arrested and taken into custody without incident.
The incident was reviewed by Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office officials, who authorized the seizure of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the following charges against Deloera:
- Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, a Class 4 felony
- Reckless Driving, a Class A misdemeanor
- Loud Muffler, a vehicle citation
Charges are not proof of guilt. The defendant listed in this release is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial, at which it is the burden of the state to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
SOURCE: Aurora Police Department news release