Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Chicago Man Sentenced to Three Years for Driving Car at Police Officer
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Chicago man accused of striking an Elmhurst police officer with his vehicle following a traffic stop has been sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Byron Auterberry, 44 (d.o.b. 11/8/1974) of 1235 N. Waller, appeared in Court this morning in front of Judge Robert Miller, who handed down the sentence. On February 5, 2019, following a three-day trial, a jury found Auterberry guilty of two counts of Aggravated Assault Against a Police Officer and one count of Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer, all Class 4 Felonies. Auterberry has been held in custody since the incident on a $100,000 with 10% to apply bond.
On February 27, 2018, at approximately 4:46 p.m., Officers with the Elmhurst Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Auterberry. During the stop, as one of the police officers approached Auterberry’s vehicle from the front, Auterberry drove his vehicle toward the officer coming within just several feet of the officer causing the officer to discharge his service weapon. Auterberry then crashed his vehicle into another vehicle before fleeing the scene. An investigation into the matter conducted by the Elmhurst Police Department led to Auterberry who was taken into custody February 28, 2018, without incident.
“Police officers have a job unlike most, starting each shift knowing full well they may find themselves in extreme danger before their shift is over,” Berlin said. “It is because of their courage, dedication and desire to serve their fellow man, that we in DuPage County enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the country. And just as they do all they can to protect us, my office stands ready, willing and able to do whatever we can to protect our police officers. I would like to thank the Elmhurst Police Department as well as the DuPage County Major Crimes Task Force for their outstanding work and assistance throughout this entire case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Nicole Wilkes-English for her work in holding Mr. Auterberry responsible for his actions.”
Auterberry will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole. Today’s sentence will be served consecutively to an existing three-year sentence imposed in an unrelated Kane County case.