Clement Kobischka of Pekin told police he didn’t care that he could have killed someone during one of two high-speed chases he led them on last September.
“I don’t care about anything,” Kobischka, 34, reportedly said. “People should get out of the way if they see me coming.”
He began his trip Friday to prison, where he’ll serve a two-year term for felony fleeing from police.
Kobischka ended a summer pock-marked with drug-influenced driving arrests when he sped through Pekin’s west side and over the McNaughton Bridge at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
“I’m sorry I ran, I’m just drunk,” he told a Tazewell County sheriff’s deputy who chased him over the bridge shortly after dawn last Sept. 17. He was caught when, after turning south on U.S. Route 24, he struck a concrete median that blew out his tires.
In his pocket was an empty bag of powder residue that tested positive for cocaine. Kobischka told the officer he had just consumed the drug, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
On July 30, a police officer responding to an accident in the 700 block of Derby Street found Kobischka, one of the drivers involved, carrying a bag of marijuana, the affidavit stated. He was arrested for misdemeanor DUI after he said he had smoked the drug earlier in the day.
He failed to appear in court on that case on Sept. 8. Late at night a week later, after an officer spotted him parked in a car in the 1400 block of Summit Drive, Kobischka sped away east on Court Street and out of the city on Illinois Route 9 with his headlights off.
He wasn’t pursued for safety concerns, but Pekin police alerted officers in the path of Kobischka’s flight. A short time later, a Mackinaw officer heard from another in Tremont that Kobischka was approaching at a high speed. The Mackinaw officer chased him east on Route 9 at over 100 mph before also giving up pursuit.
Kobischka finally was caught after his second high-speed chase three days later.
Charges related to his chase through Mackinaw were dismissed with his guilty pleas to the felony and two misdemeanor DUI counts. With credit for 265 days spent in custody since his arrest, he’s expected to serve about 10 more months of his two-year term.
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