Man allegedly steals car, drives off road, crashes into mailbox

Driver in Kane jail on $20K bond

GENEVA – An Elgin man was charged with felony theft of a car in Geneva after he ran off the road and hit a mailbox, according to Geneva police reports.

Jose A. Coronel, 34, whose last known address was in the 300 block of Ann Street, Elgin, was also charged June 24 with criminal damage to property, police and court records show.

Coronel was also cited for driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and not driving on the right side of the roadway, according to police reports.

Coronel allegedly took a gray 2009 Volkswagen Jetta without permission from the 500 block of Prairie Street, St. Charles, shortly before 10:30 p.m. June 23, according to reports.

The theft was reported to St. Charles police, the report stated.

At 12:14 a.m. June 24, Coronel was traveling south in the 300 block of Stratford Drive in Geneva when he ran off the road and hit a blue USPS mailbox located in the median, then left the scene, the report stated.

While checking the area for Coronel, an officer also checked Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva and received information about a man who matched his description, the report stated.

Coronel attempted to be admitted to the hospital, but left.

The officer obtained a still image of Coronel from hospital video surveillance footage, whom the victim identified as the man who had taken his car, the report stated.

Later, Kane County Sheriff’s deputies had contact with Coronel and notified Geneva police, who transported him to Delnor, the report stated.

Coronel told Delnor staff he had taken the Jetta, crashed into a mailbox and left the scene, according to staff who relayed the information to police, the report stated.

Coronel refused to speak about it to officers, however.

The charge of receiving, possession or selling a stolen vehicle is a Class 2 felony, punishable by four to seven years in prison and fines up to $25,000 or up to four years of probation, if convicted.

Coronel is currently being held in the Kane County jail on $20,000 bond. He would have to post $2,000 bail or 10% of the bond in order to be released.

Coronel has other charges pending in Kane County, records show.

He was charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery on April 20 and felony arson and burglary on April 20 relating to an incident on Sept. 17, 2020, and a misdemeanor retail theft charge from Jan. 4, court records show.

Coronel’s next court date is July 8 for a bond reduction hearing on all the current and pending charges, courts records show.