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Police: Joliet man hits deputy with car, nearly runs over second deputy

Suspect apologized for trying to flee authorities, police say

Quinntin J. Gilbert
Quinntin J. Gilbert

JOLIET – A Joliet man allegedly hit a Will County Sheriff’s deputy with his car and almost hit another one in an attempt to flee from them, authorities said.

About 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff’s deputies were trying to find someone who had an active warrant at Fuller Avenue in Joliet, Will County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said in an email.

When the deputies arrived, they reportedly saw one person sitting in a vehicle and approached to speak with him. Hoffmeyer said it was not the person deputies were trying to find.

When they got close, the driver, later identified as Quinntin J. Gilbert, 33, allegedly put his vehicle in reverse and struck a deputy. He then put his vehicle in drive and allegedly almost struck a second deputy, Hoffmeyer said.

Gilbert allegedly drove away at a high rate of speed. Deputies searched for Gilbert and through an investigation, received information that he may have been at Rodeway Inn in Joliet.

The deputies went to the motel, reportedly found Gilbert there and entered his room. However, he allegedly jumped out of the window but was met by a deputy who tackled him to the ground. He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, aggravated assault to a peace officer, criminal damage to property, obstructing justice and aggravated resisting a peace officer.

“Quinntin stated to deputies that he fled because he knew he had active warrants. He apologized to deputies for his behavior,” Hoffmeyer said.

Hoffmeyer said the active warrants for his arrest were for charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding police, fleeing and attempting to elude a peace officer and driving with a suspended license.