Man In Custody After Hitting Squad Car During Police Chase

Friday, July 27, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

One person is in custody after initiating a roughly 20-minute police chase that started on the Eisenhower Expressway and ended in Bellwood on Friday afternoon.

According to emergency dispatch records, the July 27 pursuit started at around 1:30 p.m., with the suspect driving southbound on Mannheim before taking Wolf Road and heading westbound on I-290 at more than 60 miles per hour.

The suspect — described as a white male in a beard and a blue shirt — led police through stop and go traffic, getting on and off of I-290 at various points between Mannheim and 25th. According to dispatch records, the suspect “hit a couple of cars” and at one point even tried to hit a police car in pursuit.

After exiting the highway, the suspect encountered police at Van Buren and Linden, where he struck a Maywood police car and drove southbound near Harrison.

At that point, according to dispatch records, the police fired shots at the suspect, who reportedly crashed the vehicle at Harrison and Linden. The suspect, however, continued west on Harrison. Police eventually caught the suspect at around 1:53 p.m. in an alley on the 330 block of Wilcox in Bellwood.

Officers from multiple area police departments, including Bellwood, Berkeley and Maywood, were involved in the pursuit.

Officials with those departments could not be immediately reached on late Friday afternoon for comment. VFP 

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