The subject of this week’s manhunt in Bureau County appeared in a Bureau County courtroom Wednesday afternoon.
Forty-nine-year-old Carlos Estades of North Miami Beach, Florida, is accused of trying to injure a State Trooper and then leading authorities on a more-than-day-long manhunt starting on Monday.
On Monday afternoon, Trooper John Peyton pulled Estades over for following too closely on eastbound Interstate 80 west of Princeton. The trooper was about to let Estades go with a warning, when Estades made a break for it, struggling with the officer as he started his getaway. Assistant State’s Attorney Dan Anderson said that authorities caught Estades hiding outside Freedom House in Princeton.
In setting bail at $200,000, Judge Marc Bernabei said the defendant is a very strong flight risk. He’s a citizen of another country – the Dominican Republic – he has a Florida driver’s license but was driving from Los Angeles to New York, and he went to what Bernabei called "severe efforts" to elude police. Anderson also said Estades has a history of criminal activity in New York and Florida. Estades is staying in the Bureau County Jail, and he needs $20,000 to bond out. His case will come before the grand jury next Friday.