Bourbonnais man arrested after high-speed chase and car theft


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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Kankakee City Police reported the arrest of a 33-year-old Bourbonnais man Wednesday following a high-speed chase and the alleged possession of a stolen car.

Kenneth L. Morris was taken into custody by state police after officers were alerted by a license plate reader that a Dodge Durango, which was believed to be stolen, was traveling eastbound on Route 17. Kankakee City Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but Morris reportedly fled at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit was terminated by Kankakee Police, but Morris was found a short time later by state police parked in an alley in Bourbonnais. Morris allegedly attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended after a short chase.

Morris has been charged on an outstanding warrant along with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of cannabis and other charges.

The incident occurred just after 10 a.m. on Monday, according to Kankakee City Police.

The use of license plate readers has become more common in recent years as a way to identify and track stolen vehicles. The technology uses cameras to scan license plates and alert police if a vehicle has been reported stolen or is associated with other criminal activity.

High-speed chases are often a dangerous situation for both police officers and civilians on the road. In some cases, police departments have implemented policies that limit or prohibit high-speed chases to prevent accidents and injuries.

Morris is currently being held at Jerome Combs Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. No further information about the incident has been released at this time.


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