A Wilmington man has been arrested again by Will County authorities. The Braidwood Police Department said a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Kaleb Findlay struck a tree in the 200 block of North Division Street in Braidwood on March 21st. After the accident, Findlay walked away from the scene, allegedly leaving behind his sandals and a Polar Pop.
After further investigation, the vehicle had been stolen from a dealership in Grundy County. In addition, police officials say before the accident, Findlay was seen on surveillance video buying the Polar Pop at a nearby gas station seven minutes before the accident. Findlay was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while license suspended.
In late August of 2019, Findlay and Charles Neese, 23, of Morris severely beat a juvenile in the 100 block of Kankakee Street in Wilmington. The juvenile was taken to the hospital by family members and had a dislocated shoulder, two black eyes, and several lacerations on his face. In that case, Findlay’s bond was set at $100,000, but was lowered to $50,000 by a Will County Judge in November of 2019.
Besides the Wilmington incident, Findley was arrested by Will County authorities for drug dealing in 2018 and was placed on probation. Grundy County court records show Findlay has been arrested four times since the beginning of 2018. He has been arrested for DUI, cruelty to animals, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and criminal trespass to land. All those court cases in Grundy County are still pending.
Findlay remains in the Will County Jail on a $25,000 bond.