Barrington man charged with breaking handcuffs, trying to flee

By Kevin Beese Staff Reporter

Shane Zillman

A Barrington-area man is being held on $200,000 bail after being charged with trying to escape from a Lake County Sheriff’s deputy while being taken to the County Jail.

Deputies arrested Shane Zillman at 5:40 p.m. Jan. 1 on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while his license was suspended.

Zillman, 27, a resident of the 28500 block of Chamberlain Drive in unincorporated Lake County near Barrington, was arrested at a park on Shady Lane near Barrington.

Upon arriving at the Lake County Jail, a deputy began to remove Zillman from the back seat of a squad car. After opening the door, Zillman allegedly sprang past the deputy and began running southbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Waukegan. Zillman also had been able to free one of his hands from the handcuffs, the deputy said.

A later inspection of the handcuffs revealed Zillman was able to bend the handcuffs while they held his arms behind his back, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The bending compromised the handcuffs, allowing Zillman to free himself, deputies said.

Zillman refused to stop and the deputy deployed his Taser, striking the suspect, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The jolt caused Zillman to fall and he was taken back into custody, the deputy said.

The Sheriff’s Department said Zillman was walked back to the Lake County Jail and charged with:

  • Escape
  • Criminal damage to state-supported property
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving while license suspended
  • Illegal transportation of alcohol


Zillman was being held in Lake County Jail. He would need to post 10 percent of his bail ($20,000) to be released from jail.

He is due back in court Jan. 8.