Suspect Flees and Crashes (Joliet, IL) – On Jan. 6, 2020, the Joliet Police Department released information regarding an arrest made in Joliet. The suspect was booked on several felony counts. The content of the press release follows:
Sebastian Gates (21, Joliet) was arrested, booked, and transported to the Will County Jail for the offenses of Aggravated Fleeing/Eluding a Peace Officer, Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapon (2 Counts), Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon (2 Counts), Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Firearm (2 Counts), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang Member (2 Counts), Obstructing a Peace Officer, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, No FOID card, and multiple traffic citations.
On January 6, 2021 at approximately 2:47AM, Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle near North Hickory Street and Division Street after observing a traffic violation. The driver refused to stop the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. Officers pursued the fleeing vehicle to the area of Maple Road and Draper Avenue. While turning northbound onto Draper Avenue, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a brick landscaping structure. The vehicle then continued back onto the roadway at which time the driver again lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway into a ravine along Draper Avenue. The driver then fled from the vehicle on foot from Officers. Officers quickly apprehended the driver near Maple Road and Draper Avenue and identified him as Gates.
Officers recovered a handgun that Gates discarded while fleeing. It was determined that this firearm had been reported stolen from another county in Illinois. A second handgun was recovered by Officers upon search of his vehicle. Officers determined that this handgun was also reported as stolen from Will County. Shortly after arriving at the Joliet Police Department, Gates complained of a medical issue and was transported to Amita St Joseph Medical Center by the Joliet Fire Department. Gates was released from the hospital a short time later and taken to the Will County Jail.
Suspect Flees and Crashes