Man who led police on multi-county chase charged

Cornelius Boles
Cornelius Boles

Online Staff Report

Cornelius Boles, 29, who led police on a multi-county chase from Forest Park, Illinois, to Rockford in January 2011, has been sentenced.

Boles was found guilty of armed violence, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, aggravated reckless driving, resisting a peace officer and driving on a revoked license after a jury trial Nov. 12, 2012.

He was sentenced to 30 years for armed violence, 25 years for possession with intent to deliver and six years in prison for aggravated reckless driving.

Boles will also serve three years of Mandatory Supervised Release after he is released from prison. The sentences will run concurrently.

Jan. 28, 2011, in the Forest Park, Illinois, area, police tried to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Boles. Boles refused to pull over for police, and instead took off at a high rate of speed. He committed several traffic violations as he traveled from the Forest Park area through several counties on his way to Rockford.

An eyewitness saw Boles with a gun in Forest Park area. On his way to Rockford, Boles slowed down and a gun was tossed out of the window of the vehicle. Once within the city limits, Rockford police observed Boles’ vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and making traffic violations.

While fleeing from police, Boles disobeyed a stoplight, and crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Ninth Street and Harrison Avenue.

After the crash, Boles jumped out of the vehicle and fled from police. When police caught him, officers found cash and drugs on him. A passenger in Boles’ vehicle was paralyzed during the incident. Police also recovered the firearm that had been thrown out of the vehicle.

Armed violence is an enhanced Class X felony that is punishable by a sentence of 15 to 30 years, followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Possession with intent to deliver cocaine within a drug-free zone is a Class X felony that is punishable by a sentence of six to 30 years, followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Aggravated reckless driving is a Class 4 felony that is punishable by a sentence of one to three years, or probation. It also carries a year of Mandatory Supervised Release. Boles was eligible for an extended term of three to six years on this charge.

Resisting a peace officer is a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in the Winnebago County Jail or probation.

Driving on a revoked license is a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a year in the Winnebago County Jail or probation.

Posted Feb. 6, 2015

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