Rantoul man charged with having stolen car after high-speed chase

Rantoul man charged with having stolen car after high-speed chase

RANTOUL — A 26-year-old Rantoul man who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase has been charged in connection with the theft of a Champaign woman's car.

Terrell B. Holt, who provided an address in the 400 block of South Steffler Street, was arrested Thursday after the victim reported to Champaign police that Holt, the father of her child, had taken her car Monday without permission and hadn't returned it.

Police confirmed Thursday that Holt still hadn't returned the car, which they located in a driveway in the 700 block of Autumn Fields Lane with the temporary registration removed.

Police said they observed Holt get out of a vehicle that had stopped in the street and enter the victim's car. They ordered him out, but he drove away through yards west of the street.

A lengthy pursuit by both Champaign and Rantoul police followed, though it had to be discontinued at a certain point for safety, police said.

During the pursuit, Holt allegedly attempted to ram a Rantoul police squad car, disregarded multiple traffic-control devices, hit a street sign and drove around a Rantoul police car trying to block his path. He is also accused of driving at high speeds on two streets adjoining Rantoul Township High School as students were exiting and passed a school bus with its stop arm extended while children were getting out, police said.

He eventually got out of the victim's car and ran away, and was arrested after entering another vehicle, police said.

Holt was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. If convicted, he faces between three and 14 years in prison.

Judge Tom Difanis set bond at $50,000 and set the next court date for Dec. 11.

Holt's record shows nine prior convictions on charges of theft, driving with a suspended license, domestic battery, residential burglary, forgery, criminal damage to property and retail theft.

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GLG wrote on December 09, 2017 at 6:12 pm

Holt's record shows nine prior convictions on charges of theft, driving with a suspended license, domestic battery, residential burglary, forgery, criminal damage to property and retail theft.

The 10th. Times a charm in Champaign County, Eh Julia??

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