A Grundy County grand jury last week indicted a Roselle man on five felony charges. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department was called to a check vehicle in the 4,000 block of Grinter Road near Gardner on December 8th of 2019.
Police officials say the vehicle was parked on the side of the road without any lights on. When the deputy approached the vehicle driven by 23-year-old Michael Labarbera, he turned on his emergency overhead lights.
Labarbera then allegedly drove off at a high rate of speed eastbound on Grinter Road. At the intersection of Grinter Road and Carbon Hill Road, Labarbera tried turning left and struck a vehicle that was southbound on Carbon Hill Road.
The crash caused the victims vehicle to leave the roadway and come to rest in a ditch. The deputy stopped to assist the injured victim and Labarbera continued northbound on Carbon Hill Road. Labarbera was later identified through an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
Labarbera was charged with Failing to Report an Accident Involving Personal Injury or Death, a class two felony; three counts of Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding Police and for Aggravated Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Personal Injury, all class four felonies.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Labarbera. If you know of his whereabouts, contact your local police jurisdiction.