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Heights Man Swaps Places with Passenger While Driving: Police

It appears Marcos Villarreal was trying to avoid being arrested when he pulled off surprising stunt in the front seat of his car, according to police.

Marcos Villarreal, 30, of the 100 block of E 23rd Street in Chicago Heights received a slew of charges, including endangering the life of a child, after pulling a daring stunt while driving.

Homewood Police say they attempted to pull Villarreal over near the 18700 block of Halsted Street after running his plates and learning he has a suspended license. Instead of pulling over, Villarreal continued driving and managed to swap places with the passenger, according to reports.

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The car finally pulled over on the 18500 block of Halsted and police say they discovered a three-year-old child in the back seat. A caseworker was assigned to check up on the child, reports say. Villarreal was charged with the following:

  • Driving with a suspended license
  • No insurance
  • No seatbelt
  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to stop for an emergency vehicle
  • Endangering the life of a child

Read last week's police stories on Chicago Heights Patch:

  • Man Beaten and Robbed While Driving on East End
  • Man's Home Burglarized Twice in Two Months: Police Blotter
  • Police and Feds Make Historic Drug Bust in Chicago Heights

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Police report information is provided by the Homewood Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Charges are not evidence of guilt. They are a record of police actions on a given day, and persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. If you or a family member are charged or cited and the case is subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor. We will verify and report the outcome.

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