A motorcyclist who was clocked speeding at 121 mph in Libertyville struck a sheriff’s deputy after being cornered in a parking lot.
On Tuesday at around 2:35 p.m., a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in the area of Milwaukee Avenue just north of Route 137 in unincorporated Libertyville.
Authorities said that the sheriff’s deputy observed a motorcycle traveling southbound on Milwaukee Avenue at a high rate of speed. He clocked the motorcycle at 121 mph.
The driver of the motorcycle, Gunnar L. Gudmundson, 25, of the 900 block of Scott Court in Gurnee, attempted to flee from the sheriff’s deputy by making a U-turn and pulling into a business parking lot in the area of Route 137 and Bell Lane in Libertyville.
The sheriff’s deputy located Gudmundson in the parking lot and attempted to arrest him but Gudmundson started his motorcycle and accelerated, striking the sheriff’s deputy. Gudmundson fell off the motorcycle and the sheriff’s deputy was knocked to the ground, officials said.
Gudmundson tried to flee on foot but was apprehended by the sheriff’s deputy a short time later with the assistance of a Good Samaritan.
The sheriff’s deputy sustained a hand injury during the incident. He was treated at a local hospital and later released.
Gudmundson was subsequently charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer (Class 3 felony), aggravated fleeing and eluding (Class 4 felony), speeding (Class A misdemeanor), and several other traffic violations.
Gudmundson remains held in the Lake County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is next due in court on September 5 at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom C-120.