ELMHURST – Bond has been set at $100,000 for a Chicago man accused of nearly striking an Elmhurst police officer with his vehicle following a traffic stop at 4:46 p.m. Feb. 27 at York Road and Crestview Avenue.
Byron Auterberry, 33, of the 1200 block of North Waller Avenue, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer, all Class 4 felonies, in relation to the incident, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.
As one of the police officers approached Auterberry’s vehicle from the front during the stop, Auterberry allegedly drove his vehicle toward the officer, coming within just several feet of him, causing him to discharge his service weapon, the release stated. As Auterberry drove toward the officer, he also allegedly crashed his vehicle into another vehicle before fleeing the scene, according to the release.
An investigation into the matter conducted by the Elmhurst Police Department led to Auterberry, who was taken into custody Feb. 28 without incident, the release stated.
“Because of the alleged actions of Mr. Auterberry, what began as a traffic stop turned extremely serious and potentially deadly in just a matter of seconds,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Thankfully neither the officer nor any innocent bystanders were injured by Mr. Auterberry’s alleged attempt to flee the scene."
Bond was set by Judge Brian McKillip. Auterberry’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 2 in front of Judge Robert Miller, according to the release.
The DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force is currently reviewing the facts and circumstances of this case in regard to the officer discharging his weapon, the release stated.