Bond Set for Chicago Resident Accused of Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle While Leading Police on High-Speed Chase

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Jelani Pinkston, charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding (SOURCE: DuPage County State's Attorney's Office)
Jelani Pinkston, charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding (SOURCE: DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office).

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Chief of Police Brian Strockis announced that bond has been set for a Chicago man accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase in a stolen motor vehicle. Jelani Pinkston, age 22, of the 3400 block of W. 83rd Street, appeared at a bond hearing last Friday, October 21, 2022 where Judge Michael Reidy set bond at $250,000 with 10% to apply. On Friday, Pinkston was charged with one count of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding (Class 4 Felony). This morning, Monday, October 24, 2022, the State filed an additional charge of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony).

On Thursday, October 20, 2022, at approximately 10:31 p.m., officers with the Hinsdale Police Department attempted to stop the allegedly stolen vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled and after some time, officers called off the pursuit due to dangerous speeds. A short time later, officers with the Oak Brook Police Department observed the same vehicle allegedly driving erratically at a high rate of speed. Officers activated their emergency lights but the vehicle, allegedly driven by Pinkston, continued to drive erratically, including through a residential neighborhood, at times driving into oncoming traffic and reaching speeds of approximately 95 mph in a 35-mph zone. The vehicle ultimately stalled on Cass Avenue at which time Pinkston was taken into custody. Further investigation found that the vehicle was reported stolen on October 17, 2022.

“The allegations that Mr. Pinkston was not only in possession of a stolen motor vehicle, but also reached speeds approaching 100 mph in an attempt to avoid apprehension are disturbing.” Thankfully, no motorists or pedestrians were injured as Mr. Pinkston allegedly fled authorities. I thank the Oak Brook and Hinsdale Police Departments for their ongoing efforts in keeping our streets safe and for the successful apprehension of the defendant in this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Lee Roupas and Connor Greene for their efforts in preparing a strong case against Mr. Pinkston.”

— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin

“The Oak Brook Police Department continues to work saturation details to pro-actively deter crime in our jurisdiction. This is another successful example of these efforts with our partner agencies. I’d like to specifically thank the Hinsdale Police Department and DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin’s office for their assistance in this case”.

— Oak Brook Chief of Police Brian Strockis

Pinkston’s next court appearance is scheduled for November 16, 2022, for arraignment in front of Judge Brian Telander.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

— DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office

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