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updated: 7/19/2013 5:26 PM

Jail, probation for driver in May chase from Elgin to Wisconsin

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  • Jacob Braden

    Jacob Braden

  • Kevin D. Gorman

    Kevin D. Gorman


A 22-year-old man who took police on a two-hour chase to Wisconsin in May after a burglary at the Sam's Club in Elgin pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation, according to court records.

Jacob Braden, of the 800 block of Honey Locust Court, Streamwood, also must pay $2,380 in fines and fees after pleading guilty in Kane County court to felony aggravated battery to a police officer.

The charge carried a top penalty of seven years in prison. If Braden violates probation, he could be brought back to court and resentenced.

Braden also must not have contact with Kevin D. Gorman, who authorities say was a passenger during the May 4 chase that began after police responded to a burglary at the store at 1000 S. Randall Road.

Police said they saw two men getting into a pickup truck and began a chase that ended on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin after Racine County sheriff's deputies put spike strips on the road that popped Braden's tires.

During the episode, two Elgin officers suffered minor injuries. One officer was knocked down as the truck sped off and another officer was struck along with a squad car.

Kane County Judge Clint Hull accepted Braden's plea in which Kane County prosecutors dismissed other felonies such as burglary, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and criminal damage to property.

Braden can have his sentence cut to 90 days for good behavior and has served 77 days so far. He did not have a previous criminal record in Kane County.

A message left for Braden's defense attorney, Scott Sheen, was not immediately returned.

Gorman, 30, of the 1200 block of Lincoln Court, Streamwood, faces charges of burglary, resisting arrest and criminal damage to property. He is next due in court Aug. 7 and was being held at the Kane County jail on $100,000 bail.

The district attorney in Racine, Wis., declined to press charges against the two men so they could be extradited to Illinois.

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