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Armed driver in stolen Dodge Charger Hellcat leads chase through Lake County, police say
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Armed driver in stolen Dodge Charger Hellcat leads chase through Lake County, police say

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Armed driver in stolen Dodge Charger Hellcat leads chase through Lake County, police say

A tow truck tows away a Doge Charger Hellcat that was reported stolen and involved in a chase across the entire length of Lake County, from the Kankakee River to South Side Chicago.

A stolen Dodge Charger Hellcat driven by a teen with a stolen handgun led a chase from Kankakee River in south Lake County all the way to South Side of Chicago, police said. 

The chase ended in a crash that sent two people to the hospital.

A police officer attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle on Interstate 65 near the Kankakee River and mile marker 235 at about 2 p.m. Monday, Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez said in a news release.

The officer started a pursuit of the maroon Dodge Charger Hellcat, which had a Georgia license plate. It started moving from lane to lane at a high rate of speed, police said.

The pursuing officer ran the plates and discovered that the car was reported stolen and the suspect could be armed and dangerous.

"The pursuit continued northbound to westbound Interstate-80/94 towards Chicago," Martinez said. "Lake County and Indiana State Police chased the vehicle into Illinois. The pursuit continued north on Interstate 94."

The chase finally came to an end at exit 61B on 87th Street in Chicago when the Charger crashed into another vehicle, police said. 

The driver, a 17-year-old Chicago resident, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen handgun. Two injured civilians were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, police said.

"While being arrested detectives observed in plain view on the driver's side floorboard a loaded handgun," Martinez said. "The gun was also reported stolen from the state of Georgia."

Martinez said detectives would ask the Lake County prosecutor's office to file formal charges and extradition paperwork to get the suspect back to Indiana.

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