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updated: 7/15/2014 5:05 PM

Chicago man, Elgin woman face multiple charges after car chase

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  • Jorge Chavez

    Jorge Chavez

  • Jamie B. Thurnau

    Jamie B. Thurnau


Two people have been charged with injuring an Elgin police officer who tried to arrest one of them Sunday night in connection with a stolen vehicle, police announced Tuesday.

Jorge Chavez, 18, of the 6000 block of South Rockwell Drive, Chicago, and Jamie B. Thurnau, 19, of the 2000 block of Dorchester Ct., Elgin, appeared in Kane County bond court Tuesday.

Authorities said the two were charged with multiple counts of burglary, aggravated battery of a peace officer, resisting or obstructing a peace officer, and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Chavez is also facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Chavez's bail was set at $65,000 and he is next due in court July 25. Thurnau's bail was set at $25,000 and she is next due in court July 23.

The two were arrested after a car chase when they struck a light pole near Route 31 and Sundown Road in South Elgin, Elgin Police Cmdr. Ana Lalley said. The pair fled on foot after the crash, but were quickly apprehended and arrested by Elgin and South Elgin police.

Chavez, who was wanted on a warrant, was spotted by Elgin gang crimes unit detectives just before 9 p.m. in the parking lot of Wal-Mart at 1100 S. Randall Road, Elgin, police said.

The male shut the car door as the detective tried to arrest him, Lalley said. The detective then broke the window of the car -- reported stolen in Chicago -- and the male backed up and fled, causing the officer to cut himself on the broken window glass, she said.

The detective sustained "a significant but nonlife threatening injury," and was treated and released from the hospital, police said.

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