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Lyons man gets 27 months for Christmas Eve DUI – Chicago Sun

Lyons man gets 27 months for Christmas Eve DUI

FROM SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE

Feb 17, 2011 10:54AM



A west suburban man was sentenced to 27 months in prison Tuesday for charges stemming from a drunken Christmas Eve run-in with police that ended with an officer breaking through his car window with a baton.

Joshua J. Kemper of Lyons pleaded guilty to felony fleeing and eluding police, two counts of felony DUI, resisting arrest and 14 traffic violations, according to a release from Riverside police. Judge Carol Kipperman sentenced him to 27 months in prison.

About 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, Riverside police saw a gray Cadillac, driven by Kemper, run a red light at 26th and Des Plaines, almost striking a police car that was waiting for the light to turn green, according to police.

When the officer tried to stop the Cadillac, it made a U-turn and headed north on Des Plaines, the release said. The officer turned off his lights and followed the vehicle into a Walgreens parking lot at Ogden and Oak Park in Berwyn.

Once Kemper saw police, he put the car in reverse and began to back up in an attempt to get out of the parking lot. Police ordered him to stop but he refused, police said.

Kemper kept driving in reverse through the lot, putting several shoppers in danger of being hit, police said. The arresting officer then struck the passenger side window of the Cadillac with this baton four times, breaking out the window to get into the car through the door.

As the officer entered the car, he ordered the driver to stop, but instead Kemper tried to drive away with the officer inside his car, police said. Kemper and the officer began fighting in the car before Kemper was taken into custody by force.

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