Man charged with attempted murder after leading police on high-speed chase in Aurora

Pedro Vilchis | Kane County Sheriff's Office

An Aurora man is facing a slew of charges after leading police on a high-speed chase Friday morning across the western suburb.

Around 1:30 a.m., police spotted a 2009 Honda Civic being driven by 22-year-old Pedro Vilchis traveling over 90 mph in a 45 mph zone southbound on Orchard Road just north of Prairie Street, officials said.

A Kane County sheriff's deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop but Vilchis refused to pull over and fled from the deputy, driving through a red light and turning off the car's lights, police said.

The Honda was traveling east on Route 30 and crossed into the westbound lane, almost striking another deputy's car, causing it to go off the road.


The car crossed back into the eastbound lane and continued to drive at a high rate of speed, police said. Another deputy down the road was preparing to deploy a "vehicle deactivation device" in an attempt to disable the Honda.

As the Honda approached, the deputy saw Vilchis intentionally cross into the westbound lane and direct his vehicle at him.

The Honda narrowly missed striking the deputy who had to run behind his squad car for safety.

The chase continue for several minutes until deputies decided to use their vehicles to force the Honda off the road, police said. The Honda came to a stop after it was pinned against a curb in the intersection of Cedar and Wilder streets in Aurora.

Vilchis, of Aurora, was taken into custody. 

There was another passenger in the car but police determined he was trying to get Vilchis to pull over during the pursuit. He was released without any charges.

In addition to several traffic citations, Vilchis was charged with:

  • Two counts of attempted first-degree murder
  • One count of aggravated fleeing and eluding, speeding 21 mph over the limit
  • One count of aggravated fleeing and eluding disobeying more than two traffic control devices
  • One count of aggravated fleeing and eluding causing over $500 in damage
  • Three counts of aggravated assault
  • Two counts of criminal damage to property over $500
  • Two counts of criminal damage to government supported property