A Wisconsin man was arrested after leading police on a vehicle pursuit that ended in a standoff for over an hour at a Woodstock home Friday.
Juan V. Hernandez, 27, of the 100 block of East Walworth Avenue in Delavan, Wisconsin, was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, obstructing justice, unlawful restraint, driving on a revoked drivers license, reckless driving, fleeing to elude police and criminal trespass.
The incident began around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon when deputies with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office performed a traffic stop on Hernandez’s white 2001 Buick sedan after they observed him commit a traffic violation.
A criminal complaint obtained Monday shows that Hernandez began to drive away from the traffic stop. Two police officers standing in the roadway had to step back for fear of being struck by his vehicle as he fled the traffic stop, the complaint said.
During the pursuit, Hernandez failed to stop at five stop signs. The complaint also said that Hernandez unlawfully restrained his passenger by refusing to stop and let them out of the vehicle.
The pursuit came to a stop after Hernandez ran on foot from his vehicle and entered a residence in the 800 block of Wheeler Street in Woodstock.
A witness told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that a standoff ensued between Hernandez, who refused to exit the home, and police officers outside.
McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Creighton, a department spokesman, said that deputies eventually received permission from the homeowner to search the residence. Officers took the man into custody almost two hours later at around 3 p.m. Friday.
Hernandez had been at the residence before, but he did not have permission to be there at the time of the incident, Creighton said.
Hernandez remains held in the McHenry County Jail on a $50,000 bond.