Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A Calumet City man is facing a felony charge of aggravated fleeing and eluding police after an early morning high-speed chase that started in Park Forest.
According to police, on Saturday, December 5, at 1:44 a.m., Commander Brian Tas observed the vehicle Gunn was driving traveling northbound on Western Avenue from Chestnut Street at a high rate of speed, 52 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to police. Commander Tas proceeded to get behind the vehicle and activated his emergency lights. The vehicle did not slow down or stop, according to police. Just south of the CN railroad tracks, Commander Tas pulled alongside the vehicle and turned on the side light to observe the driver. The vehicle then sped northbound reaching speeds in excess of 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to police. Commander Tas pursued the vehicle, which allegedly proceeded through the red light at Vollmer Road and Western Avenue, and through the next red light at Flossmoor Road, where the vehicle turned left onto Flossmoor Road. Eventually, two Homewood police units joined the chase, which went as far north as 183rd Street, and finally stopped when the vehicle lost its rear tire as it attempted to drive through the Homewood Public Works Garage at 17755 Ashland Avenue, according to police.
The driver of the vehicle, Bennie L. Gunn, Jr., 49, 470 Gordon Ave., Calumet City, was arrested on December 5 and charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing and eluding, and issued citations charging speeding, revoked driver’s license and no proof of insurance. A passenger in the vehicle, Bennie M. Gunn, III, 32, 11320 S. Carpenter St., Chicago, was charged with possession of cannabis. A third passenger in the vehicle was released without charges.