BELLEVILLE - It took a St. Clair County jury 30 minutes Friday to find an East St. Louis man guilty of aggravated eluding a police officer, according to St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly.
Kenneth B. Fulton, 63, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer and one count of obstructing identification.
Fulton had been accused of providing an East St. Louis Police officer a false name during a traffic stop on May 8 and then fleeing from the officer in his 1997 Mercury Sable.
Assistant State's Attorneys Bernadette Schrempp and Jennifer Zanfes presented evidence that the defendant drove his vehicle in excess of 80 mph in a 30 mph zone and disobeyed several stop signs during the pursuit. Fulton's driver's license was suspended at the time of the incident.
The trial was presided over by Judge Michael Cook. A sentencing hearing was set for Jan. 14.
Aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer is a class 4 felony and is punishable by between one to three years in prison or up to 30 months of probation. Obstructing identification is a class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to one year in jail or 12 months of probation.