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Elgin parolee arrested after chases, manhunt

Updated: March 2, 2013 7:26AM

ELGIN — Police say a man they arrested after he allegedly fled from officers at 91 mph on Larkin Avenue Monday evening was already on parole after being jailed for a previous conviction for aggravated fleeing and eluding, and that he also had 10 convictions for driving after his license had been revoked for drunken driving.

Lamont Evans, 30, of the 1400 block of Meyer Street in Elgin, finally was arrested after two police chases and a manhunt by Elgin police and Kane County sheriff’s deputies, police said.

Elgin police said the incident began about 7:40 p.m. when an officer saw Evans drive away from the curb at Walnut and Wilcox avenues without signaling. The officer stopped Evans on Melrose Avenue at Larkin Avenue. But when the officer got out of his squad car to speak to the driver, the officer reported, Evans started driving again, heading west along Larkin Avenue at high speed. The officer said he measured Evans driving 91 mph as he went through a red light at Larkin and Airlite Street. The officer then gave up the chase for safety reasons.

About five minutes later, another Elgin officer saw Evans’ car eastbound on Route 20. The officer said he tried to stop him at Route 20 and Plank Road but that Evans turned right onto Plank from a left-turn lane, did a U-turn on Plank and again escaped at high speed.

About 10 minutes after that, a sheriff’s deputy reportedly spotted Evans’ car parked at Gale and Erie streets. The deputy said Evans ran away on foot but that officers finally found and caught him along Weld Road near Gale Street at about 8:20 p.m.

Evans was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, felony driving on a revoked license, resisting an officer, reckless driving and several traffic offenses.

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