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.