On New Year’s Day, three Lake County Correctional Officers helped apprehend a suspect that had been arrested but managed to escape a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy upon being transported to the Lake County Jail.
The suspect was arrested around 6 p.m. that day for a domestic battery situation and driving under the influence of alcohol while his license was suspended. Upon arriving at the jail, a deputy began to remove the suspect from the back seat of his squad car. At the same time, Officer Nathan Tinsley was checking on a warrant and started walking back towards the booking area when he saw the squad car pull up.
“I was just about to say hi to the deputy when I saw the suspect take off running up the sidewalk,” said Officer Tinsley. “I never saw that happen in the 18 years I’ve been here.” He then immediately made an announcement over the radio that there was a suspect on the loose.
The suspect had freed one of his hands from the handcuffs and was running southbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave in Waukegan.
Officer Alejandro Torres was on the scene and took off running after the suspect to try and get a description and his position. Officer Daniel Pennington was also on the scene and started running in another direction in pursuit of the suspect.
“We understand that while the suspect wasn’t in our custody, going after him was not really ‘our job,’ but I had to see if there was anything I could do to help,” said Officer Pennington. “I also knew that the deputy was the first one out there by himself.”
The Waukegan Police Department quickly arrived on the scene to block off all the side streets and aid in the search. As Officer Pennington ran another two blocks, he saw that the deputy had successfully gotten the suspect on the ground and assisted in holding him steady to be handcuffed again. He also got on the radio to report the capture and waved his flashlight around so the other law enforcement officers involved would see them.
The suspect was transported back to the jail where he was subsequently charged with:
- Criminal damage to state supported property
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving while license suspended
- Illegal transportation of alcohol
“The actions of these Correctional Officers speak volumes to their character and the dedication they have to protecting the public and each other,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Ramon D. Williams. “We are proud of their bravery and swift reaction to help deescalate this situation and for going above and beyond their regular duties.”