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Wild Police Chase Goes Through Edgewater Last Night, 2 Accidents Reported


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A wild high-speed police chase Wednesday night that started in Lombard around 9:30 p.m. made its way through the city, eventually causing mayhem in Edgewater. The 2002 grey Pontiac sedan being chased was accompanied by about thirty police vehicles and a police helicopter.

The chase began in the west suburb of Lombard when a suspect of a drug-induced homicide refused to pull over for Lombard police. The suspect got onto I-290 east, where Illinois State Police joined the pursuit. Once they reached the downtown Chicago area, Lombard police left and Chicago police took over.

At 10:05 p.m., a CPD squad car responding to the chase crashed into another vehicle near W. Congress Parkway and S. Leavitt St. on the Near West Side. Two officers were taken to Stroger Hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The chase went through the downtown area, and headed north on Lakeshore Drive.

The mayhem reached Edgewater around 10:20 p.m. as the suspect reached the end of LSD at Hollywood. The car did a high-speed loop through the area, cruising through red lights and stop signs. They headed west down Ridge, cut over to Devon, turned onto Sheridan and headed East to Lawrence.

With the parade of police vehicles were in tow, the suspect headed west on Lawrence and turned south onto Ashland.

At 10:23 p.m., a state police cruiser struck the Pontiac, which crashed into a civilian’s car. The civilian’s car crashed through the window of a garden apartment near West Berteau Ave. and Ashland. No one was home at the time of the incident and the adult driver and passenger of the civilian vehicle were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Shortly after the accident, Chicago police terminated their chase at 10:25 p.m. Illinois State Police terminated the chase at Roosevelt and Ashland about 10:30 p.m.

The helicopter continued the pursuit, but also terminated when it entered O’Hare airspace on the city’s Northwest side.

Several hours later, Lombard police found the Pontiac abandoned in West Suburban Bensenville. The suspect, whose identity is known, is still at large.


Hat Tip: ABC7


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