An Evanston man who alledgedly eluded Evanston police last October after ramming a squad car has been arrested in Grayslake and returned to Evanston for charges, according to Evanston officials.

He is Demarcus T. Curtis, 24, who lives in the 1100 block of Dodge Avenue.

According to EPD Cmdr. Ryan Glew, Curtis was a passenger in a Kia Sorento that was stopped by officers responding to a drug complaint in the 1100 block of Church Street on October 5.

Investigating the odor of cannabis coming from the car, Curtis was ordered to exit the vehicle. Instead, according to Glew, he moved to the driver’s seat and took off down the wrong way on Church Street, striking an occupied squad car, and headed south on Ridge Avenue, where he managed to elude police.

An officer in the squad car suffered minor injuries, according to Glew.

On Oct. 19, detectives attained an arrest warrant for Curtis, who was apprehended last Wednesday by Grayslake police and transported to Evanston, Glew said.

Curtis has been charged with a felony count of aggravated battery to a police officer, a felony count of aggravated battery involving the use of a deadly weapon, a felony count of failure to stop and report after an accident involving an injury, a felony count of fleeing and eluding, a misdemeanor count of reckless driving, and numerous other Illinois vehicle code violations, Glew said.

Curtis is due in court in Skokie on Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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