CALUMET CITY | A wrong-way interstate chase through heavy Friday afternoon traffic on the Bishop Ford Freeway ended in two damaged police cars and three arrests.
A high-speed chase started in Calumet City after a caller reported seeing someone driving a vehicle that had been stolen in Chicago, Calumet City Assistant Police Chief Tom DiFiori said.
The chase began about 2:40 p.m. Friday, continued through Dolton, and ended near Chicago's Pullman neighborhood. The driver of the stolen vehicle got onto Interstate 94 at 130th Street, speeding north through traffic in the southbound lanes, police said.
The driver then got off the interstate at the 115th Street exit, turned around, got back on the highway, and headed south in the northbound lanes, Illinois State Police Trooper James Gawel said.
Police tried to cut off the vehicle, and it crashed into two Calumet City squad cars not far from 115th Street. No one was injured in the collision.
One of the police cars sustained extensive damage in the crash, which ended the car chase, DiFiori said. The other squad car had more minor damage.
Police arrested three of the four people in the stolen vehicle, but one escaped on foot, DiFiori said. Their names were not immediately available.
All southbound lanes and all but one northbound lane on the expressway were closed about 3:30 p.m. Traffic was moving again in less than half an hour, Gawel said.