A man who earlier this year ran from Naperville police and tried to hide in an abandoned farmhouse following a traffic stop has been sentenced to jail in that case.
Jabari R. Hartfield, 20, lives on the 200 block of Elmwood Drive, in Naperville’s West Highlands neighborhood. He pleaded guilty Tuesday in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton to misdemeanor charges of resisting or obstructing a police officer and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, court records showed.
Hartfield and a friend, Alfred B. Borden, were arrested about 8:39 p.m. March 8, after being stopped in Borden’s car on Naperville’s far west side. A police officer had seen Borden texting while driving.
Associate Judge Alexander McGimpsey on Tuesday sentenced Hartfield to two days in DuPage County Jail and placed him on a year of conditional discharge, a form of probation, court records indicated. A companion count of resisting or obstructing a police officer and a charge of possession of more than 2.5 but not more than 10 grams of marijuana were dismissed in exchange for Hartfield’s plea, according to records.
Police Sgt. Bill Davis in March said the incident began after an officer on routine patrol noted Borden’s red, 1996 Pontiac Coupe near Beebe Drive and Route 59, along the Naperville-Aurora border. Borden, a 22-year-old Aurora resident, was texting on his cell phone while driving, Davis said.
“Borden also did not have a valid driver’s license, and was arrested” for that infraction, Davis said via email. “A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the recovery of approximately 10 grams of suspected cannabis from a backpack,” he said.
“As Hartfield was being placed under arrest, he pulled away from the officers and fled on foot,” Davis said. Police “gave foot pursuit across an open farm field, and subsequently located Hartfield hiding inside a vacant farmhouse.”
Davis’ email did not specify the location of the farmhouse, but there is one on the Aurora side of Route 59 just north of Beebe Drive.
Hartfield “struggled and did not cooperate” with police while being taken into custody, Davis said. He added no one was injured during that scuffle.
An examination of court records revealed Hartfield once had an order of protection taken out against him in DuPage County, while Borden had previously been arrested on charges of fighting and theft.
Police charged Borden with driving without a valid license or permit and operating a motor vehicle while using an electronic communication device.
Associate DuPage County Judge Mary E. O’Connor on April 16 placed Borden on supervision and fined him for the driving without a valid license or permit violation, records showed. The charge of texting while driving was dismissed.
Court records also indicated Borden between 2008 and last year was ticketed 19 times for traffic infractions in Will County.