5 years for driver who sped from traffic stop, hitting cop, girl, woman in River North

CHICAGO — A driver who plowed into a Chicago cop, a 5-year-old, and a woman in River North last year has been sentenced to five years in prison. City surveillance camera footage of the incident went viral almost immediately.

The good news for Juno Miles is that prosecutors dropped three counts of attempted murder and several other felonies that he faced in their plea deal. The bad news is that he spent most of the past year free on bail without electronic monitoring, so he didn’t accumulate much time to offset his prison sentence.

Cops pulled Miles over for a minor traffic violation at the intersection of State and Grand around 8 p.m. on April 9, 2022. He handed over his state ID, but he could not provide the cops with a driver’s license, prosecutors said, so the offices asked him to step out of the car.

Instead of getting out, Miles put his car into gear and drove through a red light, striking a police sergeant in the legs and colliding with a 5-year-old girl and a woman who were crossing the street. A nearby CPD surveillance camera recorded it all:

But Miles, 26, left his state ID in the hands of a police officer, so cops knew who they were looking for. Investigators found his car abandoned in the 200 block of West Superior a short time later.

All of the victims were checked out at hospitals, but none suffered any life-threatening injuries.

Now, Miles has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery of a peace officer, and aggravated fleeing causing bodily injury, according to court records. Judge Alfredo Maldonado sentenced him to five years for each battery charge and three years for aggravated fleeing. The sentences will be served concurrently.

The five-year term will be cut in half for good behavior, and Miles received credit for 49 days spent in custody before pleading. His parole date is set for October 16, 2025.

Court records show he was previously convicted of aggravated fleeing and eluding in 2018. That case resulted in probation.

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