Prosecutors: Kia Boy crashed in South Loop, escaped from Chicago cops while handcuffed — TWICE

Antonio Johnson (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a Kia boy, on probation for less than a month in a felony gun case, crashed a stolen car in the South Loop and then twice escaped from Chicago police officers while handcuffed.

Officers patrolling near Roosevelt and Clark around noon on Monday learned that a recently stolen Kia Soul had been spotted a couple of blocks away, according to the arrest report for 22-year-old Antonio Johnson.

The cops zipped over to where the car had been seen and saw it traveling west on Roosevelt Road. As they exited their squad car to talk to the driver, he sped onto a bike path and crashed into a parked car, the report said.

The driver, allegedly Johnson, got out and ran. However, the cops arrested him nearby. They said the Kia’s steering column was stripped, and they found a screwdriver inside the vehicle.

Meanwhile, Johnson broke free from officers, according to the report. Still handcuffed, he ran until they chased him again in the 1300 block of South Clinton.

After arriving at the Central (1st) District police station, 1718 South State, Johnson escaped again, police said. Cops caught the handcuffed Johnson a few minutes later in the 1900 block of South Wabash, according to the report.

Prosecutors charged him with possessing a stolen motor vehicle, possessing burglary tools, two counts of escape, and several misdemeanors.

According to court records, Judge Robert Kuzas denied the state’s pretrial detention request, instead opting to put Johnson on electronic monitoring. Johnson is still being detained, at least temporarily, for violating probation.

He pleaded guilty late last month to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in exchange for “first-time weapon offender probation.” That’s a program that, if completed successfully, could result in the gun case being wiped from his record.

Judge Laura Ayala-Gonzalez handed him that sentence and ordered him to get a GED, submit to random drug testing, perform 50 hours of community service, and not break any laws.

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