Stunt-driving suburban man gets arrested twice, loses two cars in 8 days to Chicago cops

CHICAGO — Stunt-driving, donut-spinning drivers taking over city intersections were all the rage in Chicago during 2022. The City Council even passed an ordinance so cops could impound cars involved in the so-called “sideshows.”

Indeed, some cars have been impounded. But a Berwyn man set himself apart this month by having not one, but two cars impounded. And he did it in just eight days.

On December 8 and again on December 16, Chicago cops arrested Jacob Kelly after CPD surveillance camera operators saw drivers spinning donuts and dispatched squad cars to the scene.

In the first incident, police allegedly saw a Chevy Camaro drifting and doing donuts at the Richard J. Daley boat launch, 3150 South Western Avenue, around 1:30 a.m. Kelly was driving the Camaro out of the parking lot when the cops arrived. The car’s owner, a woman, was in the front seat.

Kelly denied that he did donuts in the parking lot, according to his arrest report, but he fell silent after the cops told him it was caught on camera.

They impounded the woman’s car, arrested Kelly for reckless driving, and issued a few citations, according to CPD records.

Just eight days later, Chicago cops arrested Kelly again in the Gage Park neighborhood.

The cops went to the area around 2:30 a.m. after surveillance camera operators saw “multiple” vehicles blocking the intersection of 51st and Kedzie with drivers performing stunts, a second arrest report said.

Jacob Kelly is seen in mugshots taken after his arrests on December 8 and 16, 2023. | Chicago Police Department

The drivers were “drifting, driving in tight circles while losing traction while multiple people and other vehicles in traffic were near,” an officer wrote in the report.

Kelly was specifically caught on camera as he spun around the intersection in a 2009 Infiniti G37, the report said.

CPD impounded the Infiniti, issued another handful of citations, and arrested Kelly for reckless driving.

One of the arresting officers made note of the December 8 incident in the December 16 arrest report: “[Officer] Smith would like to highlight to the court that [Kelly] may be in violation of his bond.”

That’s thoughtful, Officer Smith. But Kelly has yet to see a judge for either case. He was released from the police station both times.

Kelly’s background includes an aggravated fleeing case from Forest View that prosecutors dismissed after he completed a deferred prosecution program on December 7, 2022—one year and a day before he was arrested at the boat launch.

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