Car Chase Ends with Felony Charge – Police Reports Through August 20, 2019

Police Officers Luis Ibarra (left, with certificate) and Kristopher Dlugopolski (right, with certificate) graduated from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Training Academy
Police Officers Luis Ibarra (left, with certificate) and Kristopher Dlugopolski (right, with certificate) graduated from the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Training Academy on August 23. They stand here with Park Forest Police Brass. (Photo: PFPD)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Only one arrest was reported between August 14-20, but it did involve a felony charge after a car chase captured by a dash-mounted camera, according to police.

Another incident involved tickets but no arrests.

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Felony Aggravated Fleeing/Eluding a Peace Officer

Marcus A. Augusta, 25, 4104 142nd St., Crestwood, was arrested on August 17 and charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing/eluding a peace officer. Additionally, Mr. Augusta was issued traffic citations charging failure to signal when required, aggravated speeding, improper turn, disobeying a stop sign, driving on the sidewalk, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and obstructed rear window.

An officer traveling west on an entrance road in the 2500 block of Western Avenue at about 1:20 PM observed a black BMW traveling southbound on Western Avenue in the curb lane allegedly at a high rate of speed, according to police.

The officer pulled onto Western Avenue and followed a group of vehicles southbound. When the officer did so, the black BMW allegedly veered into the left-hand lane without signaling, according to police.

After passing 26th Street, the vehicle allegedly made two additional lane changes without signaling and began to pass other southbound vehicles at a high rate of speed, according to police.

Prior to entering the intersection of Western Avenue and Main Street, the officer activated the emergency lights on his patrol vehicle, attempting to catch up to the BMW. At this point, the BMW allegedly increased its speed.

The officer caught up to the BMW as it turned right onto Indianwood Boulevard. The officer paced the vehicle at approximately 70 miles per hour in a posted 35 miles per hour zone, according to police.

The vehicle turned into Court G-3 on Indianwood Boulevard and appeared to be stopping but then conducted a U-turn in the middle of the court and turned back onto eastbound Indianwood Boulevard, according to police. The officer immediately conducted a U-turn and activated the emergency siren on his patrol vehicle.

The BMW then turned southbound onto Western Avenue, allegedly never stopping for the stop sign posted at that intersection, according to police.

The BMW allegedly continued southbound on Western Avenue at speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone, according to police.

The car then allegedly turned eastbound onto Chestnut Street from the middle lane of Western Avenue without using the left-hand turn lane, according to police.

The officer’s patrol vehicle reached speeds of approximately 55 miles per hour on Chestnut Street in an attempt to catch up to the BMW. Chestnut Street is a posted 20 miles per hour zone, according to police.

The chase continued onto Cromwell Road, southbound onto Dunham Road, and eastbound onto Dunlap Road, according to the report. The vehicle reached a dead-end on Dunlap Road and allegedly drove through the front lawn of a residence in the first block of Dunlap Road, continuing through a portion of Murphy Park, over the sidewalk, and back onto southbound Chestnut Street, according to police.

The officer followed the vehicle southbound, reaching speeds of approximately 60 miles per hour in an attempt to catch the BMW. The vehicle then turned onto Chestnut Court and pulled into the driveway of a home. The officer pulled directly behind the BMW in the driveway, at which point the car began to reverse, apparently attempting to leave, according to police.

The officer then drew his handgun and pointed it at the driver, later identified as Marcus A. Augusta.

Mr. Augusta immediately raised his hands above his head and stopped the vehicle, according to police.

The officer ordered Mr. Augusta to keep his hands up and to not move as other officers arrived on the scene to assist. Mr. Augusta was then ordered from the vehicle and taken into custody without further incident, according to police.

After the arresting officer read Mr. Augusta his Miranda Rights and he said that he understood them, the officer spoke with Mr. Augusta, who allegedly told the officer that he did not stop because he had just been pulled over the night before by “county police” and did not want to get another ticket.

The incident was captured on dash-mounted and body-worn cameras by officers on the scene, according to police.

NO ARREST: Possession of Cannabis, Speeding

Florentino E. Shores, 20, 311 Sioux St., Park Forest, was issued a local ordinance citation on August 18 charging possession of cannabis after an officer driving north on Western Avenue at Hemlock Street observed a silver vehicle traveling southbound allegedly at a high rate of speed, according to police.

The squad’s dash-mounted radar unit registered the vehicle speed as 58 miles per hour in a posted 35 miles per hour zone, according to police.

The officer conducted a U-turn and curbed the vehicle on Sauk Trail just east of Western Avenue. Mr. Florentino Shores was a passenger in the vehicle and allegedly admitted that a clear plastic sandwich baggie containing a green leafy plant material resembling cannabis found under the passenger seat belong to him, according to the report.

The driver of the vehicle, Hakeem M. Shores, 22, 311 Sioux St., Park Forest, was issued a citation charging speeding.

Both men refused to sign their citations. The vehicle was towed from the scene and both men were told they were free to leave. They were not taken into custody or arrested.