Two people were taken into custody following a nearly hour-long police chase in the Chicago area Thursday morning, police said.
The chase started around 8:30 a.m. at 133rd Street and Calumet in Cedar Lake, Indiana after a Lake County Police Canine Unit attempted to stop a stolen vehicle, according to Lake County Sheriff’s office spokesperson Emiliano Perez.
Perez said the suspects left the vehicle, said to be a Mercedes, on foot near US Route 394 and 159th Street, where the canine officer and his dog got out to follow. As they exited the car however, they were struck by a second vehicle, authorities said.
The officer suffered minor injuries but the canine may have suffered “extensive injuries,” according to the Lake County Sheriff’s office.
Soon after, a white Ford pick-up truck was stolen in South Holland, Illinois. That prompted Illinois State Police to join in the chase around 9 a.m., continuing to pursue them on Interstate 94 and Interstate 57.
Footage showed the vehicle, which had a Good Year tire service logo written on the side, leading Chicago, state and other police groups on and off the Dan Ryan Expressway and through the Chatham, Brainerd and Auburn Park neighborhoods. The driver appeared to be cautious at intersections but the vehicle could be seen driving on sidewalks at times.
The vehicle stopped at 93rd and May on Chicago’s South Side where authorities could be seen taking at least one person to the ground and putting them in handcuffs. Illinois State Police said two people were taken into custody at the scene and charges were pending.
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