Motorcyclist Hit 103 mph During Police Chase Around City, Prosecutors Say

By Erin Meyer on May 30, 2014 5:59am 

 Roman Cervantes is charged with fleeing police Monday on his motorcycle at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
Roman Cervantes is charged with fleeing police Monday on his motorcycle at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
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COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — Reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, a motorcyclist led police this week on a chase across the city, from the Stevenson Expy. to Lake Shore Drive and into city neighborhoods, prosecutors said.

When police finally caught Roman Cervantes, 28, he was hit with two counts of aggravated fleeing and a host of traffic offenses, according to court records.

It was just after noon on Memorial Day when Cervantes tried to ditch police while riding his motorcycle on the inbound Stevenson, authorities said. The make and model of his bike was not detailed in court records.

Officers tried to pull him over near Interstate 55's Kedzie Avenue exit, but he hit the gas, reaching 103 mph as he approached Lake Shore Drive, according to a police report.

Prosecutors said he wove through traffic to lose police, and got off Lake Shore Drive at Roosevelt Road. With police still tailing him, he pulled a U-turn and headed back to the Drive.

He ended up on Damen Avenue, where prosecutors said Cervantes drove into oncoming traffic before being stopped and arrested.

"This was at 12:45 p.m. in the afternoon on a holiday," Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said Tuesday, when Cervantes appeared before a Cook County judge clad in a motorcycle racing jacket.

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. set Cervantes' bond at $50,000.

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