West Chicago Man Charged with Leading Police on High-Speed Chase

By T.C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times

April 4, 2023

WEST CHICAGO, IL – A West Chicago man has been charged with fleeing police and leading police on a high-speed chase.

According to prosecutors, on March 31, 2023, around 10:16 am,  Salvador Bautista, 19, of the 600 block of E. Grand Lake Boulevard, was allegedly driving a vehicle that was pulled over by West Chicago police near Ingalton Avenue and National Street.  Bautista allegedly gave his driver’s license to the officer and then put his car into drive and sped away.

It is alleged that during high-speed police pursuit, Bautista reached speeds exceeding 82 mph in a 25 mph zone and ignored two stop signs.  Police called off the pursuit for safety concerns.  Bautista turned himself in to authorities later that evening.

“We have seen an alarming increase in the past several months of motorists fleeing from police.  What is particularly upsetting in this case is that Mr. Bautista allegedly reached speeds of more than 80 mph in a residential area just steps from the West Chicago Park District and an elementary school. Anyone who attempts to flee from police will be caught and will only find themselves facing more serious charges.” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement.

Bautista has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police Officer.