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3 nabbed for excessive speeding in Naperville

Two young men who apparently never noticed a Naperville police car when they allegedly started to race, and a third accused of driving at a speed of nearly 80 mph in a 25-mph zone while drunk, are awaiting trial in two cases of excessive speeding.

Jacob M. Kolus, 18, of Plainfield; Elmer A. Ortiz-Hernandez, 20, of Bolingbrook; and Sotiraq Terziu, 26, of Glen Ellyn, are all free on bond, and have arraignment dates pending in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

Kolus and Ortiz-Hernandez are charged with having a spontaneous street race, during which both were apparently oblivious to the nearby presence of a police officer’s car. The alleged race ended about 11:49 p.m. May 23 on South Route 59 near Tommy Nevin’s Pub, at 3032 English Rows Ave. on Naperville’s far southwest side.

Sgt. Bill Davis said a police officer that night was patrolling Route 59 when he stopped at 95th Street for a red traffic light. The officer then saw a red, 2001 Chevrolet Blazer and a white, 2013 Nissan “take off on southbound Route 59 at a high rate of speed,” Davis said via email.

Hernandez-Ortiz and Kolus “were side by side, and both vehicles continued to pull away from the officer,” Davis said. “Radar indicated that both vehicles were traveling at 88 mph.” The speed limit there is posted at 45 mph.

Davis said both vehicles were stopped by police near English Rows Avenue, nearly two miles due south of 95th Street. His email did not indicate which man was driving which vehicle.

Kolus and Ortiz-Hernandez were both charged with street racing and driving 35 mph or more over the posted speed limit. An examination of court documents indicated neither has a traffic-related or criminal record in Will, DuPage and Kane counties.

Terziu was arrested about 1:56 a.m. May 24, the day before his birthday. Davis said a police officer at that time “was conducting stationary radar” in the vicinity of Seventh Avenue and Washington Street, just north of downtown Naperville.

The officer “observed a black, 2012 Nissan traveling at a high rate of speed” on Washington Street, Davis said. The speed limit there is posted at 25 mph, but the officer’s radar unit clocked Terziu driving at 79 mph, he said.

Davis said the officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with Terziu. He was arrested after the officer determined he was driving drunk.

In addition to driving under the influence, Terziu was charged with driving 35 mph or more over the posted speed limit and driving without insurance, police records showed.

Terziu also is facing trial on a misdemeanor charge of retail theft, stemming from his arrest early last July in Lombard, according to DuPage County court records. He also has received more than a dozen traffic tickets in DuPage and Kane counties, records indicated.

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