CHICAGO (TOC) — The person accused of main officers on a wild pursuit via town and suburbs in a stolen Chicago ambulance appeared in courtroom Wednesday.
Benjamin Herrington, 46, shuffled into the courtroom Wednesday morning shackled and carrying a inexperienced jumpsuit.
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Herrington addressed the courtroom and requested for a public defender to be assigned to his case and for permission to go keep along with his mom in St. Louis, if he is capable of submit bond.
A Grundy Courtroom decide set bond at $20,000 for Herrington, who’s charged with fleeing and eluding police whereas in possession of a stolen automobile.
“As soon as we’re capable of consider all of the proof and see what else occurred, extra expenses may be added at a future date,” Grundy County State’s Legal professional Jason Helland mentioned.
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Shortly after leaping off a Carbondale-bound Amtrak prepare on Monday afternoon, Herrington was seen on surveillance video driving off in an unattended ambulance parked exterior Chinatown’s fireplace station.
After an almost two-hour, 80-mile chase, Herrington lastly pulled over close to Dwight, the place he was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies.
Whereas the preliminary theft occurred in Cook dinner County and the arrest was in Livingston, it was Grundy County that took him into custody and is now prosecuting the case.
“What the Illinois courts have dominated is that it is one act, one crime,” Helland mentioned, “as a result of it is a steady act of fleeing and eluding from Cook dinner County, Will, Grundy, then to Livingston County,”
Herrington, who’s a licensed Illinois legal professional, acknowledged in courtroom that he suffers from melancholy and common anxiousness. He agreed to endure psychological well being therapy and take any prescribed remedy as a situation of bond.
Stating that he’s unemployed and not sure that he’ll be capable to give you the $2,000 he’s required to submit, Herrington requested for his case be sped up. His subsequent courtroom date has been set for Thursday morning. If convicted he faces as much as seven years in jail, however may additionally obtain probation.
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