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2 arrested after eluding police in Peru

Police say pair demanded drugs from pharmacy

An Arlington pair were arrested Saturday after demanding drugs from CVS Pharmacy in Peru, then eluding police, according to police.

At about 9:45 p.m., Peru Police arrested Davina C. Dabulskis, 31, and David A. Arthur, 33, on Shooting Park Road, just east of Pine Street in Peru, on multiple complaints.

A 911 call came in for a possible attempted robbery in progress at CVS Pharmacy.

The caller said there were people in the drive-thru with their faces covered demanding drugs, according to a press release issued by Peru Police.

Upon the first squad car's arrival in the area, dispatch gave further information the driver was a woman who had her face covered and was leaving the drive-thru in a gray van.

A Peru officer indentified a van matching that description. The officer activated his emergency lights signaling the vehicle to stop. He also saw a woman wearing a dark black coat with a blue shirt pulled up over the lower half of her face and black sunglasses driving the vehicle, according to the press release.

Police said the vehicle accelerated exiting the lot heading north onto Mall Road, then she continued to Shooting Park Road. She failed to signal her right turn onto Shooting Park Road as well as disobeyed the stop sign at that intersection.

The officer also observed the license plates of the vehicle were covered with plastic bags in an apparent attempt to prevent identification, according to the release.

The vehicle continued eastbound on Shooting Park Road approaching Marquette Road where other traffic violations took place, police said. As another Peru squad car was approaching from the opposite direction, the vehicle stopped and officers conducted a high-risk felony traffic stop on the vehicle and ordered the driver, Dabulskis, out of the vehicle. Throughout the stop, additional officers arrived on scene from Peru, La Salle and the Illinois State Police.

Dabulskis exited the vehicle and was arrested on complaints of aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police, disorderly conduct, disobeying a stop sign, failure to signal, improper lane usage, no valid driver's license, unlawful concealment of registration while fleeing/eluding, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and a La Salle County warrant for forgery.

The passenger, Arthur, was arrested on a complaint of disorderly conduct.

Peru Chief Doug Bernabei commended the response.

"This incident, which took place in a busy shopping district on a Saturday night, was resolved in a matter of minutes and done so without injury to the defendants, the public or any police officers involved," he said in a press statement.

This matter is under investigation by Peru Police and information has been provided to the Princeton Police Department as they are investigating a similar incident in their city earlier in the day.

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