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Sheriff's deputy doesn't chase Maple Park motorcyclist clocked over 90 mph; cites safety concerns

Man later found and charged thanks to thorough detective work

MAPLE PARK – A Maple Park man was charged with speeding 90 miles an hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone on his motorcycle – but in the interest of safety, the deputy did not engage in a high-speed pursuit, according to Kane County Sheriff’s reports.

Instead, the officer engaged in detective work to locate the suspect and charge him, reports show.

David R. Altepeter, 31, of the 44W500 block of Ramm Road, Maple Park, was charged May 27 with speeding 35 miles or more an hour over the speed limit, not having a license plate on his motorcycle and violating his license classification, in that he did not have a motorcycle license, records show.

Altepeter is scheduled to appear in branch court June 12.

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said it is the county’s policy not to engage in a high-speed chase because of the dangers they pose to the public and the officers – especially those involving a motorcycle.

“We try to identify the license plate and description of the driver because motorcycles can reach speeds much quicker than we ever could,” Hain said. “And trying to chase after a motorcycle or any vehicle is incredibly dangerous for surrounding vehicles. We just try to mitigate pursuits through any means possible.”

Hain praised the deputy involved for his initiative.

“The deputy did an outstanding job on his follow-up investigation.”

According to the sheriff’s report, about 10:30 p.m. on May 27, a deputy saw a black motorcycle without a rear license place while parked in the BP gas station, 3191 Route 20, Elgin, and a man later identified as Altepeter, revving the engine loudly.

As the deputy approached the intersection of Route 20 and Nesler Road, he activated the the squad car’s emergency lights and the motorcycle turned east on Route 20 and and fled at a high rate of speed approaching the overpass to Randall Road, the report stated.

The deputy saw there was a female passenger on the back of the motorcycle and clocked its speed at 100 miles an hour.

Instead of chasing the bike, however, the deputy returned to the gas station and learned from the attendant that the motorcycle’s driver was David Altepeter, the report stated.

The gas station attendant showed the deputy at photo of Altepeter’s black 2016 BMW motorcycle on a social media site, the report stated.

The deputy ran his name through a law enforcement database to affirm his name and learned his address on Ramm Road in Maple Park, the release stated.

The gas station attendant confirmed that the man in the law enforcement photo was Altepeter, the report stated.

Deputies then received a call from another man who stated it was his girlfriend on the back of the motorcycle and that he would turn the driver in, who was his ex-friend Altepeter, reports stated.

The ex-friend told deputies that Altepeter “removes the plate from (his motorcycle) and that he always runs from law enforcement,” the report stated.

Altepeter’s ex-friend provided a detailed description of the BMW motorcycle, his address, where he stores the BMW and that Altepeter also drives a silver Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck with damage on the left side tailgate, the report stated.

While deputies were on their way to Altepeter’s address, they saw a silver Dodge 2500 Ram pickup truck with damage to the left side tailgate traveling south on Route 47 in Burlington, the report stated.

When Altepeter saw the squad car, he immediately turned onto McDonald Road, the report stated.

Deputies followed and pulled the truck over because the plate light was out and saw that it was Altepeter – who confirmed his identity with his driver’s license, reports stated.

Altepeter told deputies he turned onto McDonald Road and drove slowly to see if they had seen him, the report stated.

Altepeter confessed to being the BMW motorcycle driver as it fled from the deputy earlier, the report stated.

“David said that he ran because he did not have a motorcycle license and that he did not want to lose his (commercial driver’s license),” the report stated.

Though Altepeter was clocked at 100 miles an hour, the ticket citation was written for 90 miles an hour, court records show.

Kane County Deputy Sheriff Lt. Pat Gengler stated in an email that the deputy gave Altepeter a 10-mile break on the speed listed in the ticket, not knowing Altepeter’s full driving history at that time.

According to Kane County Court records, Altepeter was charged with speeding four times:

• In 2009, he was charged with speeding 78 miles an hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone for which he got traffic school, a fine and supervision.

• In 2011, he was charged with speeding 62 miles an hour in 45-mile-an-hour zone, for which he was convicted and paid a fine.

• In 2013, he was charged with speeding 65 miles an hour in a 45-mile-an-hour zone for which he received traffic school, a fine and supervision.

• In 2017, he was charged with speeding 70 miles an hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone for which he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of stopping or parking on the roadway and received supervision and a fine.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office confirmed those are the only speeding citations for Altepeter in the state.

When asked why Altepeter was not charged with fleeing/eluding police, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office stated it does not discuss charges that have not been filed.

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