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CROWN POINT — A Chicago man held a rear-view mirror to his ear as if it were a phone, rammed a squad car and ran over an officer's foot in South Chicago Heights before he led police over the state line Sunday and hit three more squads in Dyer, police said.

Uriel Velazquez, 23, was arrested and taken to the Cook County Jail after crashing near U.S. 30 and Glenwood Dyer Road in Illinois, Lake Criminal Court records state.

During his excursion into Indiana, Velazquez allegedly caused $10,000 in damage to three Dyer police cars when he backed into them on U.S. 30.

The chase began about 9:15 a.m. Sunday when a South Chicago Heights officer attempted to stop Velazquez for speeding on eastbound Sauk Trail near Willow Street, Police Chief Bill Joyce said.

Velazquez sped up and blew a stop light at East End Avenue before parking in the median near Rennie Smith Drive, he said.

Velazquez removed a rear-view mirror and held it to his ear as if it were a phone. He licked the mirror, and he stood up and waved a T-shirt through a moon roof, police said.

Velazquez then allegedly drove into a squad car, forcing an officer to jump into the westbound lanes of Sauk Trail to avoid being hit. Velazquez drove over a second officer's foot as he took off, Joyce said.

Police from South Chicago Heights, Steger and Crete joined the chase. As Velazquez crossed over the state line, Dyer police also became involved.

As Velazquez became stuck in heavy traffic, Dyer police used their cars to block in the 2007 Honda he was driving from behind, court records say.

Velazquez reversed the Honda into three Dyer squads, forcing the officers to get back in their cars and pushing the cars back far enough to make an opening, records say. Velazquez then fled west back into Illinois before crashing.

Velazquez was taken to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields hospital for a psychological evaluation, Joyce said. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be factors, he said.

South Chicago Heights police are seeking felony charges of aggravated battery on a police officer and aggravated fleeing and eluding, Joyce said.

Velazquez was charged Monday in Lake County with three felony counts of battery by means of a deadly weapon, three counts of criminal recklessness, one count of resisting law enforcement and misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident.

Velzaquez might face extradition proceedings in Illinois before he can be brought before a Lake Criminal Court judge. He is to be held on a $50,000 bail after he arrives at the Lake County Jail. 

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Public Safety Reporter

Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.