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Joliet man charged with speeding, fleeing cops

Eric L. Lanier, 35, Joliet
Eric L. Lanier, 35, Joliet

A Joliet man has been charged with speeding more than 35 mph over the speed limit, reckless driving and attempting to elude police officers, according to court records.

At 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Eric L. Lanier, 35, of the 500 block of Grant Avenue was booked into the Will County jail on charges of speeding, failing to reduce speed, disregarding traffic lights and a stop sign, fleeing and attempting to elude officers, and reckless driving.

Lanier goes by the nickname “Pooh,” according to the county jail log.

Lanier is being held at the jail on a $650,000 bond. He needs to post 10 percent of his bond in order to be released from jail.

Lanier was arrested by Will County Sheriff’s deputies. Kathy Hoffmeyer, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, did not immediately return a message for details on the arrest Wednesday.

On Feb. 8, 2018, Lanier was charged with manufacture and delivery of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.

He did not appear in court on the charges until Wednesday. The case remains pending.

On Dec. 8, 2016, Lanier was indicted on a charge of theft. On June 21, 2017, he pleaded guilty to retail theft. A Will County judge sentenced him to 18 months of probation.

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a petition on Wednesday to revoke Lanier’s probation.

On June 15, 2011, Lanier pleaded guilty to robbery, while two other charges of armed robbery and battery were dropped.

He was sentenced to six years in prison.

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