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MAN CHARGED IN INTERSTATE 290 INCIDENT

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Monday, August 4, 2014 — – A 25-year-old Maywood man has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies in connection with attempting to flee the scene of a traffic accident early Sunday on Interstate 290, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, Cook County Sheriff’s Police officers came upon a two-vehicle traffic accident on westbound Interstate 290 just east of 1st Avenue and stopped at the scene to check for injuries.

According to the investigation, those Sheriff’s Police Officers were alerted that a man involved in the initial traffic accident had a gun and had attempted to flee the scene by attempting to hijack the other party’s BMW. The offender then fled on foot. Sheriff’s Police officers gave chase on foot. Prior to the apprehension of the man, a Sheriff’s Police officer discharged his weapon. The gunfire did not result in any injuries.

Kenneth SpruiellThe offender, who was identified as Kenneth Spruiell, was taken into custody not far from the crash scene. Spruiell was treated for minor injuries at an area hospital.

During the investigation, Sheriff’s Police learned that Spruiell was driving under the influence. A handgun was also recovered.

Spruiell has been charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, aggravated driving under the influence and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He also has two traffic warrants and one warrant for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Spruiell is scheduled to appear in bond court Tuesday morning at the Maywood Courthouse.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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