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Prosecutors seek to seize motorcycle from man charged with fleeing Joliet police

Charles L. Jackson
Charles L. Jackson

Prosecutors are trying to seize a Suzuki motorcycle from a man who was charged with riding it while fleeing the police, according to court records.

On June 7, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a forfeiture complaint to seize the motorcycle that allegedly was driven by Charles L. Jackson, 35, of Country Club Hills.

The state’s attorney’s office is seeking to seize the motorcycle because Jackson was charged with riding it while fleeing from a police officer.

The forfeiture hearing is scheduled for July 10.

Jackson was arrested by a Joliet police officer on May 8. He was charged with fleeing and trying to elude an officer, driving with a revoked license and disregarding a stop sign.

Jackson also was charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by felon for allegedly possessing a Taurus .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun after previously being convicted of burglary in Cook County.

An officer went to 300 N. Bluff St. on May 8 after receiving a report of a man on a motorcycle threatening his ex-girlfriend, according to the forfeiture complaint.

When the officer arrived at the scene, a police dispatcher told him that the man might have a gun, according to the complaint.

The officer saw a man on a motorcycle who later was identified as Jackson pull up to his police car and the officer asked him to stop and get off the bike, according to the complaint.

Jackson stopped his motorcycle but when the officer exited his squad car, Jackson “revved up the engine” and fled, according to the complaint.

The officer went back into his car and tried to catch up to Jackson, according to the complaint.

The officer later found Jackson’s motorcycle at the intersection of Broadway and Marion streets, the complaint said, as Jackson had crashed there and fled on foot.

The officer apprehended Jackson in the
100 block of
Beach Street and saw he had a “large laceration to his face that was bleeding profusely,” after he crashed his motorcycle, according to the complaint.

Jackson was hospitalized for his injuries.

He was taken to jail on Monday and released the next day after posting 10% of his $20,0000 bond.

The police used a dog to search the area and found a Taurus pistol between a garage and a fence on Beach Street in the path Jackson was running, according to the complaint.

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