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Crime & Courts

Sheridan man charged after vehicle speeds from police with lights off

SYCAMORE – A Sheridan man who police say sped away from a DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy and later abandoned a vehicle full of beer was released from jail on his signature Monday.

Miguel Hernandez, 37, of Sheridan, is charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, unlawful transportation of alcohol, driving without lights when required, speeding and failure to signal.

Police said in court records that a sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a blue Chevrolet Impala around 2:20 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of South County Line Road and East 2750th Road, between Sandwich and Somonauk, after observing the vehicle driving 88 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Rather than pull over, police said Hernandez turned off the car’s lights and continued on, driving fast, police said. Hernandez later pulled into a parking lot, parked the vehicle and ran off. When a deputy caught up and looked inside the vehicle, they saw a case of Modelo beer and two opened cans inside, records show.

Later on Sunday, Hernandez, the owner of the vehicle, walked into the Sandwich Police Department to inquire about his vehicle, court records show. He also admitted to driving it that morning, and told police he fled the scene because he was scared of being arrested. He told police he had two beers at a bar in Plano earlier that evening as well.

He was arrested and taken to DeKalb County jail. He is due back in court June 28 at 9 a.m.

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