Driver Speeds 100 MPH, Charged With Felony

He sped up and blew through a traffic light as police tried to stop him. An arrest is merely an accusation, not evidence of a conviction.


Leszek Bialy, 53, of North Nashvillle Street, Chicago, was charged with reckless driving, speeding more than 40 mph over the limit, and aggravated fleeing and eluding, a Class 4 felony.  Police said they observed him driving 73 mph in the 8300 block of Milwaukee Avenue, a 35 mph zone, about 5:10 a.m. Saturday.

A police officer activated the lights and siren of the squad car and caught up to Bialy, who the report said disobeyed a traffic light at Milwaukee and Oakton, in addition to weaving between lanes. 

Instead of slowing down, police said Bialy sped up to 100 mph, then slowed down, then sped up again. He continued southeastbound on Milwaukee Avenue into Chicago, where he turned right on Imlay, stopped in the 6400 block of Nashville and walked away from his four-door Toyota. Police took him into custody. His court date is July 17 in the Skokie branch of the Cook County courts.

Man tries to steal fishing reel, computer software

Pawel Lucek, 43, of Des Plaines was charged with Class 3 felony retail theft June 8 at 8:47 p.m. after a security agent at a store in the 5600 block of Touhy called police. 

The agent observed Lucek remove a fishing reel from a store display and start removing the packaging as he walked toward a restroom, conceal the item in his own backpack, then discard the packaging in the restroom trash container, according to the report. 

Next, Lucek went to the store's electronics department and picked up some computer software and began removing its packaging as he walked to the shoe department, police said. Once in the shoe department, he concealed it in his backpack, according to the report, returning to the restroom to discard the packaging before exiting the store without paying.

Two security agents tried to stop him, but he took off running, police said. After going a short distance, he stopped to light up a cigarette and the agents were able to detain him. His court date was June 13. 

Information is taken from reports. 

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