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.
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.