BLOOMINGTON — A 27-year-old Bloomington man whose speed was logged at 95 mph by police on Interstate 55 Friday night faces seven felony charges and 27 traffic citations related to the incident that ended with a high-speed chase through Normal.
Robert Collett was jailed in lieu of posting $300 on the criminal charges that include aggravated fleeing, resisting a police officer and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol.
The incident began around 8 p.m. Friday when Collett’s southbound minivan was reported by other drivers to be traveling at high speeds, police said.
Normal police officers attempted to stop the vehicle when it exited at Veterans Parkway. The driver then went west on Fort Jesse Road and south on Main Street.
The chase continued after Collett refused to stop at Main and Bowles Street, instead backing into a squad car, according to a prosecutor’s statement. At the area of Larry Court at Shelbourne Drive in Normal, the vehicle blew a tire after hitting a parking block behind an apartment building, said police.
Collett left the vehicle on foot. Police used a stun gun on him after the officers saw an object in his hands that was later determined to be a cell phone, said police reports.
Collett appeared to have an injury to his left eye when he appeared in court Monday via a video link with the county jail.
The suspect had been released earlier on Friday on unrelated misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and criminal damage to property.