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I-80 Crash Started with Joliet Purse-Snatching, Auto Theft, Police Say

Matthew Boban was arrested on several charges stemming from the Saturday crime spree, including driving under the influence of drugs, Illinois State Police said.

A Joliet man who stole a woman's purse and then fled in a stolen car, only to crash into a semi on Interstate 80, was arrested Saturday on a slew of charges, including driving under the influence of drugs, Illinois State Police said.

Matthew J. Boban, 32, of 521 Mack, was charged after being treated at Silver Cross Medical Center in New Lenox for injuries suffered during the crash.

The incident began shortly after noon Saturday when Boban allegedly snagged a woman's purse while in the parking lot of a Joliet Jewel-Osco store at 1401 W. Jefferson St. and then fled in a car taken from a friend, state police said. There was a second person in the car, but it's not known if it was the car's owner.

Boban eventually made his way onto eastbound Interstate 80 and got as far as a mile west of the LaGrange Road exit at Mokena when he rear-ended the semi-truck, police said. The driver of the truck was not injured but both Boban and his passenger needed treatment for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The state police handled the accident portion of the incident, and charged Boban with driving under the influence of drugs.

Joliet police charged him with vehicle theft conspiracy, aggravated battery and robbery and on a warrant issued by Cook County.

Boban is being held at the Will County jail. His bond will be set at a hearing Monday afternoon.

According to the Will County Circuit Clerk's office, Boban has more than a half dozen arrests to his name since 1997, when he was charged with purchasing alcohol as a minor. Charges include possession of a controlled substance in 2005 and 1999, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance in 2004, battery in 2003 and 2004, resisting/obsrtucting a peace officer in 1999 and criminal trespass to property in 1998.

Brian Denewellis May 24, 2013 at 04:35 PM
F..K You , Jim You Don't Have A Clue !!!
Jenny Beck July 16, 2013 at 04:49 AM
OMG WOW.... WOW.....crazy how stories can get so twisted and fabricated. It took me a long time to bring myself to read all the terrible things that have been said about Matt but I have now and I would like to put out there that Matthew Boban is a great man and he would never HARM/MUG a elderly woman. Seriously allegedly mugging two elderly women, that is just so far from the truth and as far as the "owner" of the car punching Matt, that absolutely DID NOT HAPPEN so lets just clear that one up!!! I can testify that he did not physically harm anyone. So please lets stick to the facts and not what people assume happened!!!
Jenny Beck July 16, 2013 at 04:55 AM
LillyLiz....have no idea who you are but I could not have said it better myself! Thank you to those who have stood up for Matt and for those of you who have not....I would love to see you rot in hell addiction is no joke! Educate yourself on the subject before you pass judgment.
CCW in Illinois July 19, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Quit deleting my comments you fvcking a$$holes
Realist July 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Jenny, addiction is a joke. Don't do dope and you will not have to rob anyone for it! I'm sure someone held Matt down and forced the heroin in his veins. So what is the excuse? And you are saying he didn't rob anyone during your joy ride or steal a car? Wow delusional much? How did the police recover two purses in the bushes near the crash? Than again your post was at 3:55 a.m. You must be insane! I'm pretty sure between prior warrants in cook county, and your recent escapade on I-80. Matt will rot in the Illinois prison system (hell)! A great man wow! Your statement is a far stretch from the truth. His last prison stint should have taught him a lesson.

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