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Crime & Courts

Police arrest man involved in November hit and run, fiery rescue

Earnest Syrce
Earnest Syrce

An Aurora man is facing more charges related to his involvement in a Nov. 28 hit and run incident in Montgomery where he allegedly attempted to flee police and had to be rescued from his burning truck by police and firefighters.

Earnest Sercye, 71, of the 500 block of Ashland Avenue, Aurora, was hospitalized after the incident and later charged with leaving the scene of an accident, operating an uninsured vehicle, and driving too fast for conditions.

Montgomery police announced Friday, Jan. 12, that Sercye has also been charged with three felonies: aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and criminal damage to property.

Police said Sercye was the driver in a hit and run crash that occurred around 6 p.m. on Nov. 28 near the intersection of Douglas Road and Montgomery Road. Police said Sercye fled the crash scene in his vehicle driving south on Douglas Road to Barbara Lane with the crash victim's vehicle following Sercye's vehicle. Sercye turned onto Barbara Lane and into a car wash, police said. Sercye's vehicle struck a kiosk at the car wash and damaged the car wash structure in an attempt to flee, police said.

A Montgomery officer on patrol in the area saw Sercye hit the kiosk and attempted to take Sercye into custody, police said. But Sercye kept driving "recklessly" and struck a post in front of the Salvation Army store, and then kept driving east on Barbara Lane to the dead end and struck a concrete barrier, police said.

The vehicle then drove into a nearby field where it caught fire, police said.

Montgomery and Oswego police officers and Kendall County Sheriff's deputies rescued Sercye from his vehicle as it became engulfed in flames, police said. Firefighters with the Aurora Township Fire Department assisted the officers at the scene, police said.

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