The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning of a growing trend involving large groups of motorist, which has become a problem in Kankakee and Iroquois county. Participants of these groups are damaging roadways, driving recklessly and intimidating the public. Law enforcement has received numerous complaints about these large groups loitering at various large parking lots and ISP, along with local law enforcement, is making arrests for these driving behaviors.
On June 20, 2022, at approximately 10:29 p.m., an ISP District 21 trooper responded to a report of a group of motorists driving recklessly through Iroquois County and ending at a local area high school parking lot. Upon arrival to the parking lot, a trooper observed a vehicle squealing tires and driving recklessly. The trooper approached the vehicle, activated the emergency lights and conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle stopped and ISP subsequently arrested the driver, 23-year-old Tyler Lynch of Monee, IL, for Reckless Driving, Squealing or Screeching of Tires, Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land, Criminal Damage to Property greater than $500, and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis by Driver. Lynch was transported to the Iroquois County jail for processing.
ISP District 21 and other local law enforcement will continue to arrest any future violators and ensure public safety. Illinois statute defines reckless driving as the willful or wanton disregard for the safety of a person’s life or property. The public is encouraged to call 911 if they observe any reckless driving.