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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man arrested in high-speed chase near NIU campus identified

Sheriff's office reported man drove 90 mph on Annie Glidden Road

DeKALB – A man was arrested on the Northern Illinois University campus Friday after a high-speed chase during which he drove 90 mph down Annie Glidden Road before his car crashed into a creek by Larusso Lagoon, police said.

Travon S. Bibbs, 22, of the 1100 block of Varsity Boulevard, DeKalb, is facing charges of aggravated fleeing to elude police, reckless driving, speeding, disobeying a traffic control device, improper lane use, driving in the wrong lane and improper display of registration. If convicted of the most serious offense, he could face two to five years in prison.

Bibbs is being held without bond at the DeKalb County Jail, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

About 2:45 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy noticed a white sedan – driven by a man later identified as Bibbs – on the side of the road at the corner of Bethany and Annie Glidden roads with its hood up, Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan said. The deputy thought the man was a stranded motorist.

“The deputy turned around to help, and the person put the hood down and drove off,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said a check of the vehicle’s license plate showed the registration was expired, and the deputy pulled over Bibbs near the intersection of Bethany and Annie Glidden.

“While they were talking with [Bibbs], during that conversation, [Bibbs] put the vehicle in drive and drove away,” Sullivan said.

The white Honda headed south on Annie Glidden, toward campus, and the deputy gave chase but broke off the pursuit once the Honda accelerated over 90 mph, still headed toward the campus area.

The speed limit on the road through campus is 30 mph.

Deputies lost sight of the vehicle south of Hillcrest Drive, the release showed.

Shortly after, pedestrians flagged down a sheriff’s deputy to tell them that there was a white car stuck in a creek behind New Residence Hall on campus, near Larusso Lagoon.

An investigation determined Bibbs exited the roadway at Annie Glidden and Crane roads and crashed into a creek, then fled on foot, the release stated.

Police found the car, and NIU police reported a man matching the description of Bibbs had been seen running into New Residence Hall. Bibbs was hiding in a nearby bush and later fled into the basement of New Hall, according to the release, after which he was found by NIU police.

Sullivan said NIU police found and arrested Bibbs about
3 p.m. NIU police later handed him over to sheriff’s deputies.

No injuries were reported, Sullivan said.

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