DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Chief of Police Brian Strockis announced today that bond has been set for an Oswego man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle. Craig Singleton, 43 (d.o.b. 7/18/1979) of the 400 block of Grape Vine Trail, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Brian Telander set bond at $250,000 with 10% to apply. Singleton is charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 1 Felony), two counts of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer (Class 4 Felony), one count of Driving While License Suspended or Revoked 4th -9th Violation (Class 4 Felony) and multiple Misdemeanor and petty traffic offenses.
On May 29, 2023, at approximately 6:22 p.m., an officer with the Oak Brook Police Department located a 2019 Jaguar SUV that was reported stolen approximately two hours earlier, stopped near the intersection of I-83 and 22nd Street. The officer approached the vehicle, later determined to be driven by Singleton, on foot and deployed a stop stick at which time the Jaguar allegedly fled westbound on 22nd Street. The officer returned to his vehicle and began a pursuit. It is alleged that the officer continued to pursue the Jaguar, which had lost a tire, onto I-88 westbound. It is further alleged that Singleton reached speeds of approximately 110 mph on I-88 before coming to a stop at I-88 and Winfield Road where he was taken into custody.
“It is alleged that in an utter display of contempt for the rule of law and complete disregard for public safety, Mr. Singleton led police on a 110-mph high-speed chase in a stolen SUV,” Berlin said. “This type of dangerous behavior must stop before someone gets killed. We are all very thankful that Mr. Singleton’s alleged actions did not result in a tragedy, but as I have said numerous times in the past, someday our luck will run out. Again, I urge the motoring public, if you hear sirens and see flashing lights behind you, pull over. I thank the Oak Brook Police Department for their work on this case and for their ongoing efforts in keeping our roadways safe. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Jaclyn McAndrew and Robert Willis for their work on this case."
“Oak Brook is an amazing community to live, shop and dine and it’s also the wrong community to take a stroll through in a stolen vehicle,” Strockis said. “I want to thank our officers for their pro-active efforts and quick thinking in deploying a stop stick anticipating that this vehicle would flee. I’d also like to thank the Lombard Police Department for their assistance and State’s Attorney Bob Berlin’s office for their support and filing of appropriate charges.”
Singleton’s next court appearance is scheduled for June 28, 2023, for status in front of Judge Telander.
Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.