Inbound Eisenhower Closes For Hours At Racine As Police Investigate Crash

June 25, 2018 - 6:48 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Inbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway were closed for hours early Monday as police investigated a crash involving a stolen SUV that led police on a high-speed chase from the northwest suburbs.

The crash happened about 2:20 a.m. near the ramp to Racine when the fleeing SUV crashed into two vehicles, according to Illinois State Police. No injuries were reported.

State Police Master Sgt. R.A. Caves said undercover police from the Lake County Auto Theft Task Force had followed a stolen black Mercedes SUV from Palatine where it allegedly had been involved in a shooting and burglary all the way into the city on the Kennedy Expressway. 

Speeds during the chase reached over 100 mph, according to police.

State police began chasing the SUV on the outbound Eisenhower and were unsuccessful in getting the vehicle to pull over at Austin Blvd. For the next 30 minutes, according to Master Sgt. Caves, the SUV sped through expressways, tollways and streets in the city and suburbs until it eventually crashed inbound on the Ike at Racine.

Police said the chase started on the outbound Eisenhower to the southbound Tri-State tollway to westbound Ogden Avenue over to northbound Route 83, up to the Jane Addams Tollway and back into the city on the Ike where the SUV crashed into a vehicle in traffic, rolled over and hit an IDOT Minuteman truck at Racine. 

Two people were taken into custody and a weapon was recovered, police said.

Lanes were reopened about 4:30 a.m.

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