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Complaint: Joliet man drove with license revoked, resisted arrest

Tavarus D. Dean, 34, Joliet
Tavarus D. Dean, 34, Joliet

A Joliet man was initially arrested by Joliet police on probable cause of threatening a public official, as well as aggravated driving with license revoked and improper use of registration. 

However, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office only charged Tavarus D. Dean, 34, with aggravated driving while license revoked, obstructing a police officer and resisting a police officer. 

State’s attorney spokeswoman Carole Cheney said she could not comment on why Dean was arrested by Joliet police on probable cause of threatening a public official.  

Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said he would be unavailable Friday and he did not respond to a message for information on Dean’s arrest. Joliet Police Chief Al Roechner and Deputy Police Chief Darrell Gavin failed to provide information on Dean’s arrest on Friday.

When The Herald-News previously tried to contact other police department staff with questions on arrests in Botzum’s absence, department clerk Renae Ferguson said in an email that if Botzum cannot respond inquiries immediately, he will give a time frame as to when he can. 

“You will have to wait until he can respond. This is departmental policy so that is why no one else will respond to your request except Sgt. Botzum,” Ferguson said.

A Will County criminal complaint alleges that Dean drove a Chevrolet Monte Carlo on Thursday on Vernon Street while his license was revoked. 

Dean obstructed the performance of a police officer by refusing to remove his hand from his pocket after “being given a lawful order to do so,” according to the complaint, and also tried to push off the ground and resisted being handcuffed.

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