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Crime & Courts

Additional charges filed against man accused of speeding through Gross Middle School track meet

BROOKFIELD – After being returned to Brookfield police custody Thursday, additional charges were filed against the man accused of speeding through a S.E. Gross Middle School track meet in April during a police chase.

Jason M. Bentley, 29, of the 3900 block of South Campbell, Chicago, was flown into O'Hare International Airport Thursday at 2:10 p.m. from Arkansas, after he was apprehended by a FBI regional task force May 21.

After the case was reviewed by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Bentley was charged with a multitude of felony, misdemeanor and traffic-related offenses, according to a news release from the Brookfield Police Department. According to police, those charges include 30 traffic tickets and 10 criminal complaints.

Criminal complaints charged against Bentley include: aggravated fleeing and eluding; aggravated battery; obstructing justice; reckless conduct; obstructing identification; battery; theft of mislaid property; reckless driving; unlawful use of a license; and fleeing and eluding.

Of the 30 traffic tickets, 12 were for disobeying stop signs. Other citations were issued for driving on a sidewalk and an accident with a parked car.

Charges against Bentley were upgraded after police identified a 6-year-old girl who was allegedly struck by Bentley's car as he drove through the Gross Middle School parking lot. The victim was treated for a minor leg injury after being pulled out of the car's way, according to police. Brookfield Police Lt. Ed Petrak said it was lucky she was not significantly injured. According to police, battery charges were added because the child was struck.

Bentley will appear for a preliminary hearing at the Maybrook Courthouse in Maywood Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Bentley was located May 21 at a hotel in Blytheville, Ark. after being wanted by Brookfield police since their pursuit was abandoned. Police pursuit was ended after it was deemed too dangerous to continue after the driver sped through the meet, according to Brookfield Police Chief Steven Stelter. 

According to police reports, Bentley was pulled over by police for driving through a stop sign at Southview and Raymond avenues April 15. As the officer was interviewing him during the stop, he suddenly pulled away. The car continued northbound on Arthur Avenue to Lincoln Avenue pursued by police when it drove through the S.E. Gross Middle School parking lot where an after-school track meet was being held.

Police were told by witnesses that parents had to pull their children out of the way as the car crossed through the parking lot. One young girl sustained bruises to her foot when the car grazed her as she was pulled out of the way. 

Police said they believe Bentley ran from the officer because he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear at a sentencing hearing in Osceola County, Fla. in 2011 on a felony drug charge. 

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