Driver flees police, crashes in Lincoln Park — 5 weeks after a judge released him from electronic monitoring

Gambino Johns (inset and sitting on the curb at the crash scene) | Provided; Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — About a month after a judge decided Gambino Johns didn’t need to be on electronic monitoring for two pending misdemeanors, Johns led Illinois State Police troopers on a high-speed chase across Chicago that ended with a crash in Lincoln Park, officials say.

Late Sunday night, the troopers saw a Toyota Corolla in the 4000 block of West Madison that they believed had been carjacked at gunpoint a few hours earlier, according to Johns’ arrest report. The troopers pulled behind the car and confirmed that the license plate matched the carjacked vehicle’s plate.

As they sat behind the Corolla, Johns pulled away and ran a red light as troopers “passively followed,” the report said. But the car accelerated, and the troopers turned on their lights and sirens.

But Johns continued to accelerate as he headed toward downtown.

Troopers ended the chase by performing a “PIT maneuver,” which caused the Corolla to crash into a fence on the DePaul University campus at 2318 North Halsted. Police later said that a pedestrian suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Johns is charged with felony aggravated fleeing, misdemeanor driving without a license, misdemeanor speeding, and a host of traffic violations.

During a detention hearing Tuesday, Judge Mary Marubio ordered him to observe a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew when he goes home.

He won’t be able to do that until he sees Judge Stanley Hill, who is handling his two pending retail theft cases, on Thursday.

When Johns appeared in bond court for the second case on August 6, Judge Kelly McCarthy ordered him to go onto electronic monitoring. But Hill nixed the electronic monitoring requirement two days later.

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