Domingo R. Rios-Ayala, 18, of Round Lake Beach.

A man who led police on a 100 mph pursuit in Round Lake was arrested and told officers he fled because he did not want to ruin the birthday of his friend, who was a passenger and was wanted.

Domingo R. Rios-Ayala, 18, of Round Lake Beach, was charged with two counts of aggravated fleeing to elude, reckless driving, uninsured motor vehicle causing bodily harm, two counts of disregarding a traffic control device, improper passing, changing lanes without a signal, speeding 35+ mph over limit, improper overtaking and speeding 26-34 mph over limit.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Manuel Mandujano said an officer was at Cedar Lake Road and Townline Road in Round Lake on November 2.

The officer saw a vehicle, driven by Rios-Ayala, driving 78 mph in a 45 mph zone, Mandujano said.

Officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle but the driver failed to stop.

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Rios-Ayala continued to flee and went through a red light at Cedar Lake Road and Route 120.

Rios-Ayala began traveling over 100 mph in a 50 mph zone, Mandujano said.

The officer traveled at 101 mph to keep up with Rios-Ayala, who passed another vehicle on the gravel shoulder.

Mandujano said Rios-Ayala continued driving over 100 mph and the officers discontinued their pursuit.

Rios-Ayala began slowing down so the officer attempted to stop him again but the suspect sped up again and fled, nearly hitting another vehicle.

Mandujano said officers went to Rios-Ayala’s residence and located the man, who responded with “Are you the officer I ran from?”

Rios-Ayala said he had a friend in the car with him at the time he ran and he did not want to ruin the friend’s birthday because the friend had an active warrant, Mandujano said.

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Aggravated fleeing to elude and the other charges against Rios-Ayala are all non-detainable under Illinois’ SAFE-T Act.

Lake County Judge Raymond Collins released Rios-Ayala after imposing pre-trial conditions during an initial court hearing.

A status of attorney hearing is scheduled for November 27.