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Teen's 'test-drive' of car turns into joyride along Superior Street

May 21, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Can the test drive be over now?

An afternoon test drive of a Dodge Charger turned into a joyride Monday when a teenager from Humboldt Park sped off in the car, with a reluctant dealership employee riding shot-gun.

Kendall Jackson, 18, of the 4800 block of West Superior Street, was charged with posession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful restraint of a person, and driving without a license after he visited the World Discount Auto, Inc. dealership on North Cicero Avenue on Monday afternoon.

Jackson drove the car far past the boundaries of the dealership during the test, according to the police report, while a 31-year-old dealership employee in the passenger's seat pled with him to turn the car around.

"Shut the [bleep] up," Jackson allegedly told the employee, who begged him to stop the car and let him out. According to the report the employee eventually escaped the car at the intersection of Lamon Avenue and Division Street, and called the police.

The police report says Jackson admitted to taking the car when he was arrested, stating, "I took the car for a joyride to show it off to my friends."

Jackson appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday and was held on $75,000 bond.

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