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Antioch driver leaves kid in car to escape cops

William Cochran

William Cochran

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Updated: March 5, 2013 2:59AM

ANTIOCH — A disturbance on a roadway just before Christmas led police to a man who abandoned his vehicle with his 9-year-old daughter inside, fought with officers after he slid on ice outside his home on Joren Trail and had to be Tasered.

William Cochran, 39, of 420 Joren Trail, who was on house arrest with an ankle monitoring device, is being held in Lake County jail on $30,000 bond on eight major charges and 19 other traffic violations.

Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville said Thursday the incident began Dec. 23 with a call to police for a disturbance near Joren and Johelia trails, but prior to police arriving those involved had fled in a black sedan. Then police spotted the vehicle illegally parked on the roadway.

They pulled up to the sedan and turned on their lights and sirens, and the vehicle took off.

“The offender continued to flee and elude the officers for several minutes, failing to stop for stop signs in the residential area and failing to use proper signaling of turns,” Somerville said.

Cochran finally parked the vehicle in the middle of the street, got out and began running, leaving his 9-year-old daughter in the rear seat.

Officers pursued the suspect and eventually caught up with him at his home where he slipped on ice outside his house. As officers attempted to handcuff him he kept fighting and disobeying commands, Somerville said. After several commands, police hit him with the electric shocking device and he stopped resisting.

Police said he had an extensive criminal history and was under house arrest with an ankle bracelet as part of his parole.

The Illinois Department of Family Services were notified.

Cochran was charged with aggravated driving under the influence, aggravated fleeing and eluding (both Class 4 felonies), endangering the life of a child, resisting a police officer, obstructing a police officer, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and 19 other traffic violations.

A Class 4 felony is punishable by one to three years imprisonment and/or fine of up to $25,000 upon conviction.

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