$1M bail set for 2 men in fatal crash after police chase
BY BRIAN SLODYSKO Staff Reporter August 17, 2014 6:42PM
Gabriel Johnson | Cook County Sheriff's office photo
Updated: September 19, 2014 6:26AM
Two men were ordered held on $1 million bail each on Sunday for their roles in a police chase that ended in a fatal crash.
Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. set bail after prosecutors described how Gabriel Johnson, 18, and Dontrell Reese, 20, tried to outrun police but quickly spun out and crashed into a light pole last Thursday evening near 80th and Lowe.
The red Chevrolet Monte Carlo they were in flipped on its side, and their friend, 16-year-old Wally Flex, who was in the back seat, was killed in the crash Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack said in court.
Before the crash, plainclothes Chicago Police were on patrol following reports of a gang-related shooting in the area, prosecutors said.
They noticed the red Monte Carlo, with a busted-out rear window, because it was circling the area of the shooting, prosecutors said.
The officers curbed the car. But as they approached, Johnson, the driver, sped away, prosecutors said. Officers watched as the car bottomed out over a speed bump and blew through two stops signs, prosecutors said. Police chased the car in an unmarked squad car, but not for long. After several blocks, Johnson careened into a light pole and the car flipped.
Flex, whose neck was broken in the crash, died at the scene, authorities said.
Reese was arrested after he climbed out of the passenger side window and tossed away a black .32 caliber revolver, prosecutors said. Johnson was pinned in the car and was taken to Stroger Hospital with several fractured bones. First responders found a loaded revolver tucked in his waistband, prosecutors said.
Reese, a convicted felon, was charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm. Johnson, who tested positive for marijuana, was charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI and unlawful possession of a handgun, prosecutors said. He also was cited with several traffic offenses as well as not having a drivers’ license.