An Atlanta, Ga., man is being held in DuPage County jail in lieu of $40,000 bond after smashing into eight cars while fleeing police following a dispute with his girlfriend in Elmhurst.
Anthony Joyner, 33 of the 200 block of Old Mill Court, is facing charges of unlawful possession of a fraudulent driver's license, aggravated assault against a police officer, domestic battery, fleeing and eluding police, attempting to obstruct justice, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a valid license following his arrest.
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Authorities said police responded to a 911 call at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday from a woman at the Spring Hill Suites on the 400 block of Lake Street reporting she locked herself in the bathroom after a man stabbed and tried to kill her, Elmhurst police Chief Michael Ruth said.
Police arriving at the hotel saw a man driving south on York Street at a high rate of speed, Ruth said. That man turned out to be Joyner.
Joyner's path was blocked by bumper-to-bumper traffic on York, Ruth said, but he "drove down the centerline, hitting cars along the way."
Joyner struck eight vehicles in all, Ruth said, injuring one person who had to be transported to Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.
Joyner finally struck an unmarked police car at York and Third Street. At that point he ditched his car and ran across a parking lot at Elmhurst City Hall, Ruth said.
Joyner tried to climb a wall behind city hall, but a board broke, preventing his escape, Ruth said. He grabbed one of the broken boards and threatened officers before police took him into custody. Ruth said it turned out Joyner had not stabbed the woman but did strike her in the face.
During the ensuing investigation, police found Joyner and the woman had a large number of fictitious identification and credit cards in their possession.
The 26-year-old woman from Indiana was charged with two counts of misdemeanor attempted possession of a fictitious driver's license. She later was released from custody after posting a recognizance bond.
Ruth said the incident remains under investigation and additional charges could be filed against both Joyner and the woman.