Charges pending after hours-long barricade closes Ogden in Aurora

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Multiple felony charges are pending against a man who led police on a chase before barricading himself inside a car, shutting down Ogden Avenue for abouttwo hours early Friday in west suburban Aurora.

An Aurora police sergeant spotted a car heading south on Hill Avenue near Fifth Avenue about 2:45 a.m., according to police. Upon running the car’s license plate, the sergeant learned the registered owner was wanted on several warrants in Kendall County.

The sergeant stopped the car near Hill Avenue and Goodwin Drive, police said. He got information from the driver and passenger, and was walking back to his squad car when the car took off.

The driver, a 41-year-old Bolingbrook man, led police on a chase that passed through parts of Aurora in Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties, as well as parts of Oswego and Plainfield, police said. He let his passenger, a 38-year-old woman, out of the car shortly after 3 a.m. at Second Avenue and Ohio Street.

He continued to drive away from police until the car came to a stop at 3:21 a.m. on Ogden, just west of Waterford Drive, according to police. During the chase, officers made contact with the man on his cellphone and learned he may have been armed. He repeatedly spoke about harming himself and continued to do so after he was stopped.

Officers saw him holding “an object resembling a pistol” to his head inside the car, police said. After about 30 minutes, he got out of the vehicle holding his phone in one hand and refusing officers’ orders to take his other hand out of his pocket. He got back into the car after a few minutes.

By 3:57 a.m., officers from the Aurora and Naperville police departments used armored vehicles to pin the car in and isolate it as negotiators continued speaking with the man, police said. He got out of the car again at 4:48 a.m. but still refused to show officers both hands.

Officers then deployed a “distraction device” near the front of the man’s car before firing at him with “less-than-lethal bean bags,” police said. A police dog then incapacitated him before police took him into custody about 4:50 a.m. No weapon was found.

The man was being treated at an Aurora hospital for “minor” injuries resulting from the bean bags and a dog bite to his thigh, according to police. Multiple felony charges were pending Friday afternoon.

Ogden was closed between Waterford and Farnsworth during the incident, but was reopened about 5:15 a.m., police said.

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