Man who stole tow truck, led police on low-speed chase on I-74 gets probation

Man who stole tow truck, led police on low-speed chase on I-74 gets probation

URBANA — A Danville man who admitted he stole a tow truck that had shown up to help him has been sentenced to 30 months of probation and ordered to get a substance-abuse evaluation.

Robert L. Snook, 42, who listed an address in the 500 block of Palomino Drive, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 1 felony.

Snook admitted that on Jan. 22, 2017, he took off in a Tatman’s tow truck that had been summoned to pick him and his disabled Chevrolet Equinox up in Champaign.

Assistant State’s Attorney Troy Lozar said after the tow-truck driver had driven away with Snook in the front passenger seat, he got out in the 1500 block of North Neil Street to readjust the disabled SUV to make it more secure.

When he did that, Snook slid over in the driver’s seat and took off.

The driver reported his truck stolen and police began looking for it, assisted by a GPS monitor in the tow truck, Lozar said.

Patient police pursued the purloined truck on Interstate 74 at low speeds for several hours and ultimately arrested Snook when it ran out of gas.

Snook spent 67 days in the county jail last year until he could post bond. Lozar said Snook had previous convictions for driving under the influence, battery, retail theft, resisting arrest and possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine.

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jparks wrote on February 15, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Probation.  Oh wait, that sentence was already handed down.  My bad.