Driver who plowed into cop, kid, and woman is charged — and more felonies are coming, prosecutors say

Prosecutors on Friday charged a man with injuring a Chicago police sergeant as he sped away from a River North traffic stop last weekend. And the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says more charges are on the way.

Police pulled Juno Miles over for a minor traffic violation near the intersection of State and Grand around 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, according to police and prosecutors.

Miles handed over his state ID, but he could not provide the cops with a driver’s license, Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said. The officers allegedly spotted open alcohol in his center console, too. So, they asked him to step out of the car.

Instead of getting out, Miles allegedly put his car into gear and drove through a red light, striking a police sergeant in the legs and colliding with pedestrians who were crossing the street. A nearby surveillance camera recorded the events.

But Miles left his state ID in the hands of a police officer, so cops knew who they were looking for, according to a CPD report. Investigators found his car, which bore license plates frequently used by rental vehicles, on the 200 block of West Superior shortly after the incident. No one was inside.

CPD said the driver also struck a woman and a 5-year-old girl. They were checked out at hospitals, but did not suffer any life-threatening injuries, police said. The sergeant was treated and released.

Kalliantasis said Miles was convicted of aggravated fleeing and eluding in 2018.

Miles was arrested at Area 3 police headquarters Thursday. Prosecutors charged him with one count of aggravated battery of a peace officer. A spokesperson for the state’s attorney’s office said, “additional charges related to the other victims will also be added.”

Private defense attorney Isioma Ebiringah said Miles works as a nursing home housekeeper and aspires to start his own business to help the elderly.

Judge David Navarro set bail at $100,000, meaning Miles must post a $10,000 deposit to get out of jail.

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