Jason M. Bentley, the man suspected of driving through a middle-school track meet in Brookfield while trying to elude police in April, faces a host of felony and misdemeanor charges related to that incident, Brookfield police announced Thursday afternoon.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged the 29-year-old Chicago resident with aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, for allegedly grazing a 6-year-old girl with his car while careening through the track meet in the parking lot of S.E. Gross School, trying to find an escape route from police. The girl was treated on the scene for a minor leg injury.
In addition, he was charged with felony counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding police and obstructing justice.
Bentley also faces several misdemeanor charges, including reckless conduct, obstruction, battery, theft, reckless driving, unlawful use of a license, fleeing and eluding, and 30 traffic tickets — including 12 for disobeying a stop sign. He also was cited for leaving the scene after allegedly striking a parked vehicle during the pursuit.
Bentley is accused of leading police on a chase that began near Southview and Raymond avenues and then continued north on Arthur Avenue, through the S.E. Gross School parking lot, then east down Broadway Avenue before police terminated the chase.
Police believe Bentley fled from police because he is wanted in Osceola County, Florida. In 2011, he was convicted of felony drug trafficking but posted bond prior to sentencing. When his sentencing date came around, Bentley was a no-show.
He was also arrested in late 2012 in Dyer County, Tennessee, for illegal impersonation. However, he was never extradited to Florida and eventually bonded out of jail there as well.
Using an alias, he reportedly settled in Chicago and tried to land a job at a Brookfield landscaping company. Police reported finding an employment application in the car Bentley was driving on the day of the chase. The vehicle belonged to Bentley’s girlfriend, who fled the area with him soon after the incident.
The FBI took the 29-year-old Chicago resident into custody in northeast Arkansas on May 20. He was staying at a hotel with his girlfriend in Blytheville, Arkansas, when he was apprehended following a month-long search.
His girlfriend has not been charged by police at this time.
Two Cook County Sheriff’s Police officers traveled to Arkansas and picked up Bentley, bringing him to Brookfield police about 2:10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Bentley has a bond hearing scheduled Friday morning at Maybrook courthouse.