LAKE FOREST — A Waukegan man who failed to stop his car when signaled by the Lake Forest Police Department was indicted by the Lake County Grand Jury on July 27 on felony counts of driving with a revoked license and eluding a police officer.
Darious Obryant, 22, of the 1000 block of Hickory Street in Waukegan, was originally arrested January 1 for driving with a revoked license and failing to stop as he was tailed by Lake Forest Police on Waukegan Road, according to Deputy Lake Forest Police Chief Robert Copeland.
“We got a call of a domestic disturbance at the Embassy Suites in Deerfield,” Copeland told DailyNorthShore.com. “We followed him for a tenth of a mile and he failed to stop. Eventually the North Chicago Police Department stopped the vehicle.”
Obryant was driving more than 21 miles an hour over the speed limit on Waukegan Road, according to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County.
Copeland said Lake Forest officers went to North Chicago planning to charge Obryant with fleeing from a police officer. After investigating, Copeland said police learned Obryant’s driver’s license was revoked for a felony DUI conviction.
Obryant lost his license after three DUI convictions, according to the clerk’s website. In the last six years, Obryant has been cited or arrested 12 times, according to the clerk’s website.
North Chicago police did not have grounds to hold Obryant, and they released him, according to Copeland. Copeland said later Lake Forest police got approval to charge Obryant from the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office and an arrest warrant was issued.
“We had to find him,” Copeland said. “The Waukegan Police Department arrested him with aggravated battery with a firearm (July 8) and we served our warrant.”
Obryant was also indicted for the aggravated battery charge and 10 other counts July 27, according to Cindy Vargas, the communications manager for Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim. In that case, Vargas said Obryant is accused of firing a gun, hitting and injuring two people, among other offenses.
Obryant is being held in the Lake County Jail on a $1 million bond, according to Christopher Covelli, the public information officer for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. If convicted on all 13 charges, Obryant faces between 32 and 128 years in prison, according to Vargas.
Obryant will be arraigned August 3 in Lake County Criminal Court where he will have the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty.