A Geneva man led police on a weekend chase through portions of western Kane County before he apparently crashed his SUV on a hillside at a gravel pit, according to police.
Bryan J. Banbury, 30, was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, disobeying a police officer and DUI following the incident early Saturday, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s police.
A Kane deputy stopped Banbury around 12:18 a.m. near the Aurora-area intersection of Orchard and Randall roads after police in DeKalb County put out an alert that Banbury was wanted for questioning in a domestic incident earlier that night.
Police say Banbury refused several requests to exit his Chevrolet Blazer before driving off. As police pursued, he reportedly drove south before turning east on Illinois Highway 56, and at one point he temporarily eluded police after he left the road to drive on a trail in a field.
He was spotted a short time later traveling north on Illinois Highway 31 in the North Aurora area. Police say he pulled into a parking lot, but sped away when the deputy arrived. From there, Banbury led police through a neighborhood before heading west on Main Street in Batavia, and again he eluded police after he reportedly failed to stop at the intersection with Illinois Route 47.
However, another officer reportedly found tire tracks near the Main Street and Lorang Road intersection. The officer followed them into a gravel pit and found Banbury inside his SUV, which apparently crashed as he tried to negotiate hilly terrain there, Lt. Pat Gengler of the sheriff’s police said today.
He was briefly taken to Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, where police say a blood draw showed his alcohol level was above the legal limit. He was transported to the Kane County jail. Banbury has not been charged in the DeKalb County incident, according to Hinckley Police Chief Dave Walker.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times