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Dangerous Illinois Man Out On Low Cash Bail Arrested After High Speed Pursuit Through Kenosha and Lake County

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Jesus Catalan, 31, of Illinois
(Photo Courtesy Lake County, IL Sheriff)

A dangerous career criminal is behind bars today in the Lake County, IL jail. Jesus Catalan, 31, of Lake County, IL has been through the Illinois and Wisconsin criminal justice systems many times before.

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Last night, a Kenosha Police Department officer attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Catalan for a traffic violation near 52nd St. and Green Bay Rd., but Catalan shut off the lights and fled.  This same vehicle had been involved in two previous pursuits with the Pleasant Prairie Police Department where he got away. 

Spike strips were deployed on the vehicle and the front driver’s side tire was deflated.  This did not deter Catalan as he continued to flee.  Catalan then intentionally rammed a Pleasant Prairie Police Department squad car as he went west on HWY 50.  The pursuit went through Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and eventually into Lake County, IL.

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Catalan continued to flee with the front driver’s side tire completely removed from the rim.  The vehicle eventually slowed and a Kenosha Police Department officer used their vehicle to compel the suspect to stop and give up.

Catalan is believed to be living in Waukegan, IL.  In addition to fleeing and eluding an officer charges are being recommended for 1st Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, OWI, possession of cocaine, and bail jumping.

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Kenosha Police Lieutenant Leo Viola – Public Information Officer
(Kenosha Police Department)

“The Kenosha Police Department would like to acknowledge the Pleasant Prairie Police Department, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and the Lake County, IL Sheriff’s Department for their assistance and professionalism in assisting us with this incident,” said KPD spokesman Lt. Leo Viola Friday morning.

Deputy Chief Chris Covelli, Lake County, IL Sheriff’s Office

KCE spoke with Deputy Chief Chris Covelli of the Lake County, IL Sheriff’s Office today and told us that as soon as the LCSO learned of the pursuit, Deputies responded and immediately began clearing intersections, so the offender did not strike and injury or kill an innocent bystander.  He said that additional deputies were attempting to deploy spike strips further south on Route 41 and while deploying the stop strips, Wisconsin officers were able to ‘box-in’ the offending vehicle, causing the driver to finally stop. He told us the Catalan refused to identify himself to the Lake County Sheriff’s department, but his identity was confirmed after being fingerprinted. Covelli did confirm that local charges in Illinois are also expected including:

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Obstructing Justice

Criminal Damage to Property

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Aggravated DUI

Aggravated Fleeing to Elude

Reckless Driving

Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License

Fugitive from Justice (due to Kenosha’s pending charges)

Catalan was charged today in Lake County and will have his initial appearance tomorrow at 9am.

Jesus Catalan
(Kenosha County Sheriff)

Catalan is no stranger to the criminal justice system – in fact, he is out on cash bails for three Wisconsin felony cases.

In Illinois, Catalan’s arrest and conviction record includes offenses from resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, weapons crimes, possession of stolen property and more. He has been to prison.

In 2012, Kenosha County Mike Graveley’s office gave Catalan a huge break when he was found to be underage and drinking alcohol while in possession of marijuana – tickets only, no criminals charges.

On March 31, 2021, Catalan allegedly fled from police while in possession of drugs, while recklessly endangered the safety of many people on the road at the time. He was charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor, all as repeaters. He was given a $10,000 cash bond which he posted. He later skipped court and a new, $15,000 case bond was ordered. He turned himself in and the bond was lowered back to $10,000. Catalan told his lawyer he was sick and couldn’t attend his June 1, 2023 jury trial.

Carli McNeill Kenosha Prosecutor
(File Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Soft-on-crime prosecutor and candidate for District Attorney, Carli McNeill, dismissed three of the four charges for Catalan and agreed to not charge Catalan for multiple felony bail-jumpings he committed since the case was charged. He was scheduled to be sentenced this January 25, 2024 at 1:30pm.

On May 28, 2022, while out on bail from the above case, Catalan was again, in possession of drugs and had a firearm on him. As a convicted felon, this charge is a serious felony. He was issued, and paid, a $25,000 cash bail. McNeill was happy to dismiss the felony drug charges and felony bail-jumping charge. He is to be sentenced on this case on the same day and time as the other – January 25, 2024 at 1:30pm.

Just two months ago, on October 22, 2023, Catalan was arrested in Waukesha County for more felony drug charges and two felony counts of bail jumping, unbelievably, he was released from custody on only $2,500 cash.

Since Catalan is facing charges in both Illinois and Wisconsin, it is unknown when he will be charged in Kenosha County. We will update you as we learn more.

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.

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34 Responses

  1. Soft-on-crime prosecutor and candidate for District Attorney, Carli McNeill wouldn’t be so soft on white suspects. He’s the perfect candidate for the daddy program!

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      1. Interesting you’re on here making comments…LOL! Still going to get upset with Kevin for posting your name???😂

  2. Is Jesus Catalan really of Lake County, IL? Or is he an Illegal from Mexico or Guatemala, or where ever just residing in Lake County?
    The Fake Prosecutors in the DA’s Office would have us think they’re doing their Jobs being soft on crime while the law abiding public is at risk.
    If you sympathize with Criminals or Terrorists, you are one yourself.

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  3. What a complete joke our system is! Not only in Kenosha, but all over this liberal democratic infested country, and more & more since the crooked ass Biden was cheated into office! That a hole opened up the border nice and wide for anyone and everyone to enter illegally. It’s obvious more & more each day that it is the liberal democratic plan to get more votes!!! They could care less about the publics safety! wake up people and realize Trump is trying to stop these a holes from destroying our country!!! The fact that these pricks will do “ANYTHING ” to stop him from running again should be absolutely “TERRIFYING ” to most normal people!!! Bottom line: IT’S STARTS AT THE TOP!!! WAKE UP!!!

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    1. Our system is screwed up and needs revamping. But let’s not pretend Trump gives a rats ass about you, the courts or anything other than himself. This Donny worship is getting ridiculous.

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    1. Close…
      There is now a robust surveillance system in place in Pleasant Prairie and Kenosha. If our reps decided to fund this, I would hope they want a return on their investment.

      Enough with the DA’s catch and release policy.

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      1. Nice. If they want a good return on investment, maybe they can use it for the Memorial Day ‘Out of town’ tax on the highway? As for me, I still want my good old fashioned wall, complete with checkpoints and armed guards. Berlin Wall style.

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    2. I like this idea. Had a wall been installed prior to 2011, it would have made it much harder for State Sen Bob Wirch to escape to and hide in Illinois also.

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  4. Carli needs to be in a cell somewhere without bail, waiting for a big pile of charges. Let’s start by calling her activities insurrection, and tossing her out of Kenosha on her head to see if it’ll hit a reset button somewhere.

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  5. And this is why we have so much crime, no one gives a damn! Why are the criminals protected? This monster should never see the light of day again and Carli needs to go with him. People like her are destroying our country–why can’t we feel safe?

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  6. If that was the white person, you would get locked up.. these liberals have screwed up our just judicial system..

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  7. No one currently serving in the train wreck Kenosha District Attorneys Office should be allowed to be on the election ballot because of insurrection.

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  8. Police officers should be allowed to shoot out tires of fleeing vehicles.
    If a squat, fat, and fugly little skidmark like Catalan gets shot while fleeing or crashes and dies as a result, that is how the tortilla crumbles.

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  9. The only way things are going to change is if something bad happens to woke DA or Judges families then maybe things change.

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    1. Wrong! The only way things will change is if WE make good decisions at the ballot box. Every one that detests this liberal soft on crime government needs to get out and educate yourself on the candidates. Don’t trust who the party outs up as a candidate, dig into them yourself and make better choices! Kevin could do a great public service by doing a deep dive on all the candidates so the public can make truly informed and unbiased decisions. Of course we have to have someone to vote for too. You don’t have to be a saint to run, so please if you feel fed up, run for office. RPKC has information on how to be a candidate. Most of all we need to vote.

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  10. Wouldn’t a nice warehouse(prison) on the interstate make more sense than a casino.Just a thought.

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