Man detained pretrial on charges of driving 100+ mph on Route 59 in Naperville

A Chicago man is being detained pretrial on charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer in Naperville.

Dreshaune Manuel, 22, of the 300 block of East Ohio Street, was arrested late Wednesday night. He appeared in First Appearance Court on Thursday, according to a news release from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Police said that at 11:25 p.m., they tried to stop a vehicle, allegedly driven by Manuel, near I-88 and Route 59. They say it was traveling at 104 mph in a 45 mph zone. Court records allege he was driving a 2022 BMW X4.

Police say he continued to drive, went through a red light at the tollway intersection, disobeyed a “do not enter/wrong way” sign and drove into oncoming traffic on Route 59. He dodged seven vehicles before officers boxed him in, according to the release.

Manuel also was charged with felony reckless driving.

Manuel’s attorney, DuPage County assistant public defender Rachel Wydra, argued in a motion that he should not be detained because aggravated fleeing and eluding is not listed as a detainable offense.

She also argued that while detention is allowed on an unlisted felony that involves the threat of or infliction of great bodily harm, per state law, the charge still was not detainable because “threat” requires intent to harm somebody and communication of that threat.

Judge Joshua Dieden detained Manuel under the dangerousness standard, saying that there were no conditions he could impose, such as electronic home monitoring, to keep Manuel from driving, according to Dieden’s order. “Knowing where the defendant is located does little to prevent the danger the defendant threatened in this case,” Dieden’s order stated.

Manuel is still awaiting trial in an April 2023 case, where he was charged with misdemeanor fleeing and eluding in Naperville, according to the news release.

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