Wild Chase Across City Ends in Lakeview Crash

By Emily Morris and Serena Dai  on January 10, 2013 2:04pm  | Updated on January 11, 2013 2:49pm

CHICAGO — Police said they took two people into custody and are looking for a third suspect after a pursuit that started in Hermosa and finished with a crash in the Lakeview area Thursday morning.

It took officers from several police districts to stop a car in an on-again off-again pursuit that spanned more than an hour.

The trouble started in the 4300 block of West Altgeld Street about 8 a.m. when a woman heard glass break outside her apartment, said Officer Robert Perez, a Chicago Police spokesman.

Perez said the 36-year-old woman told police she looked out from her window and saw two men next to a van, apparently trying to break into it. The men looked up and saw her watching them, Perez said.

She walked away from the window and heard a loud noise, Perez said.

She heard the window break and felt something hit the back of her neck, Perez said. When the woman turned around, she saw what appeared to be a bullet hole.

She quickly went to the window and saw the two offenders had gotten into a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee and took off, leaving the van at the scene, Perez said. Perez said the woman suffered a minor injury from glass debris to her neck and declined medical attention.

Multiple witnesses then called police reporting that they'd seen three people in a car matching the description, Perez said. Police said two occupants were male, and one was female.

In a series of separate pursuits, various officers tried to stop the vehicle without success. The car appeared to have gotten onto an expressway at one point, and Illinois State Police also were trying to stop the Jeep, Perez said.

Eventually, the Jeep sped through West School Street and North Lincoln Avenue, where public transportation officers spotted it as they were checking a CTA stop, Perez said.

They saw "the wanted vehicle fly past them," Perez said. "The next thing they know, they see the vehicle crash and flip." The crash was at West School and North Paulina streets, Perez said.

Nearby resident Suzanne Schaefer, 37, said she saw the Jeep crash into a pickup truck  sometime before 9:30 a.m.

The Cherokee rolled over a few times, then it went "boom, boom and rested at the tree upside-down," Schaefer said.

Schaefer said she saw a woman get out of the Jeep looking "quite disoriented" and "dazed and confused." She then saw a man get out of the car and run away and another who attempted to run away unsuccessfully, she said. Police soon arrived.

The woman and a man were taken into custody and transported in stable condition to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Perez said.

A third suspect is on the lam, and police said they do not have a full description of him.

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