Henry Benjamin III, 37, was arrested for DUI and issued several citations after allegedly driving a stolen truck while under the influence. Police reports indicate that Benjamin was spotted in a 1996 Dodge pick-up truck swerving and speeding on Route 25 in Carpentersville, Illinois.
Police pulled over the truck and determined that Benjamin was intoxicated after observing the driver’s bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and odor of alcohol. According to police reports, Benjamin argued with the officers, and eventually one of the officers reached in the truck to grab him. Benjamin began driving off while dragging the officer, who was partially in the truck, for several feet. The officer let go of the truck and Benjamin sped off, starting a police chase. Benjamin, reportedly struck three marked squad cars before pulling over to flee on foot.
Two of the injured officers required treatment at a nearby hospital. Benjamin was treated and released into police custody.
Benjamin was charged with DUI causing great bodily harm, aggravated fleeing a police officer, driving on suspended or revoked license, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving and hit and run.
Area police injured, squad cars wrecked in DUI chase, www.nwherald.com, March 16, 2011