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Man gets five years for fleeing police

Updated: April 28, 2013 6:19AM

YORKVILLE — A Bartlett man received five years in prison recently for leading police on a chase through Plano.

Robert M. Votava, 33, of the 100 block of Rita Court, Bartlett, received the sentence to state prison after pleading guilty to aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer. He was sentenced by 27th Circuit Court Judge Timothy McCann.

According to Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis, Votava was charged after Plano police officers tried to stop the car he was driving for a minor traffic violation.

Votava stopped at first, but when officers approached his car, he took off at a high rate of speed and ran several stop signs before nearly striking another police squad car, Weis said.

Votava eventually left his car and ran away. During the foot chase, officers used a Taser to stop Votava after he refused to stop running. It was learned that Votava was driving on a revoked license and had several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Votava will be required to serve one year of mandatory supervised release after he serves his five-year prison sentence, Weis said.

The case was prosecuted by Kendall County Assistant State’s Attorney Frank Gorup.

“Votava’s action showed a complete disregard for the safety of anyone who was on the streets of Plano during this pursuit,” Weis said.

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