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$1 million bail for driver in Bishop Ford death

A man accused in the death of a 27-year-old woman ejected from an SUV on the Bishop Ford Expressway that then fled police on a high-speed chase this week was ordered held today in lieu of $1 million bail.
 
Michael Johnson, 28, of Edwardsville, was charged Thursday with aggravated driving under the influence involving death, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Cook County Markham Branch Judge Darron Bowden ordered him held in lieu of $1 million bail, said Cook County state's attorney's office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton.

Jennifer Mitchell, who had been in the SUV's passenger seat, was ejected from the SUV, then struck by a car and a semi after she fell near 154th Street in Dolton about 12:35 a.m. on Tuesday, authorities said.
 
A State Police trooper on the Bishop Ford radioed a description of the SUV to other troopers, and other troopers began chasing the SUV on Interstate 294 near 159th Street. The SUV -- which belonged to Mitchell -- eluded police, driving more than 100 mph for miles before it crashed at an exit ramp from northbound I-294 near 127th Street, prosecutors said today. One state trooper also crashed his squad car during the chase.

More than four hours after he was arrested, Johnson registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.086 percent, Simonton said.
 
Johnson has a criminal history including seven arrests and two convictions, according to court records. The arrests include four charges for assault, and one each for larceny, criminal damage to property and obstructing justice. The two convictions are for domestic battery.

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