You can drive away or run away but it's unlikely you'll t get away, as two misguided criminal suspects discovered Thursday.
Eric L. Gates, 33, of Chicago, was pulled over by police at about 8:15 p.m. when an officer observed the passenger in Gate's car and determined she was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, Joliet Police Cmdr. Rich Demick said.
Gates stopped momentarily in the 900 block of Jefferson Street but when his passenger, Gailyn L. Davis, hopped out of the car and took off on foot, Gates decided to hit the gas and flee, Demick said.
Neither got very far. Davis, 25, who lists addresses of 618 Briggs St. and 1118 Parkwood Drive, both in Joliet, was apprehended just a few yards away and Gates made it to Jefferson and William streets.
Police were in for an even bigger surprise when they observed that Gates "kept reaching toward the waistband of his pants" and discovered he was hiding a small bag filled with crack cocaine, six small bags of cocaine, several Xanax pills and a small amount of cannabis, Demick said.
Gates was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, resisting/obstructing a peace officer and attempting to obstruct justice.
Gates is being held in the Will County jail in lieu of $30,000 bond, records show.
Davis warrant stemmed from her failure to appear in court on charges of prostitution, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia for which she was arrested in January 2012. She was also arrested for prostitution in 2008 and 2009, jail records show.
Davis is being held in the county jail. No information on her bond was available.