Man leads police on high-speed chase from St. John, Indiana to Chicago with kids in car

CHICAGO (CBS) – A man led police on a high-speed chase that began in St. John, Indiana and ended in Chicago Monday night.

The man was driving a car that the police allegedly stole. He also had two young children inside the car during the chase, St. John police said in a statement.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Monday, St. John police observed a red Chrysler 300 with an Illinois dealer license plate. An Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle registration investigation showed the vehicle was stolen in Rockford, Illinois.

The St. John police officer stopped the vehicle inside a Walgreens parking lot at 93rd Avenue and Wicker. The police ordered the driver to roll down the window because it was heavily tinted and they could not see inside. When the officer gave “strong commands” to lower the window, the driver accelerated and drove southbound on Wicker Avenue at a high speed.

Police began pursuing the vehicle westbound on 93rd Avenue, southbound on Sheffield and finally northbound on IL 394. The pursuit continued for “several minutes” and passed through several residential areas in Riverdale and Dolton.

Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies, Chicago Police, and a Cook County Sheriff’s helicopter assisted St. John’s police.

Eventually, the suspect returned to I-94 westbound and was traveling at speeds “well over 100 mph.”

The Cook County Sheriff’s helicopter saw the vehicle veer off the roadway and crash into the side ramp near North 115th and Doty Avenue.

The driver exited the vehicle and was arrested by Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Police learned that two children, aged 9 and 7, were in the back seat of the vehicle. The children were examined by emergency medical services and returned to their mothers unharmed.

Police said the vehicle the suspect was driving was wanted by Chicago police in connection with a homicide. Chicago police detectives took the car for processing.

Police said they determined the suspect was driving with a suspended license and was wanted for full extradition by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department on “numerous local charges.”

St. John police said they are presenting numerous charges to the Lake County District Attorney’s Office in Indiana.

Police said they are withholding the suspect’s name due to the ongoing investigation in Chicago.


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