Mount Pleasant police say a 24-year-old Zion man is facing felony charges after he stole a car because he needed a place to sleep but then tried to flee police after they nabbed him for speeding.

Jonathan Pabon-Reyes was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and attempting to flee police as well as a misdemeanor count of obstruction. If convicted, he faces up to 10-3/4 years in prison and/or up to $30,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers on Sunday were monitoring traffic on southbound Highway 31 when they clocked a driver doing 51 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. When police initiated a traffic stop, the driver – later identified as Pabon-Reyes – took off down Green Bay Road and attempted to turn left onto Highway KR but lost control instead.

Police say while the vehicle was still in motion, Pabon-Reyes and a few other occupants took off, leaving two teenagers still in the backseat. They were taken to the Mount Pleasant Police Department where one was given a ride home and the other was cited for violating curfew and transported home by a parent.

Pabon-Reyes led police on a foot chase through a wooded area, the complaints reads, and was eventually apprehended by Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputies. During questioning, he said he was looking a place to sleep when he happened upon a car with the keys inside so he got in and drove it away. Shortly thereafter, he received a call from a cousin about a party and went to pick them up – along with the teens found in the backseat – but that no one else knew the car was stolen.

Pabon-Reyes remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,500 cash bond. He will next be in court June 29 for his preliminary hearing.

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