CHICAGO - A high-speed chase of a stolen vehicle reaching speeds in excess of 125 mph down the Dan Ryan last night ended with the driver of the stolen vehicle in custody, authorities said.
The incident began around 10:55 p.m. last night in the 5400 block of S. Hyde Park Boulevard in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the city's south side.
Chicago Police said a 50-year-old woman was walking to her car when two black men approached her on foot. The two men took the woman’s belongings at gunpoint and drove off in her white 2019 Alpha Romeo Stelvio SUV.
Later in the evening, around 1:05 a.m., Illinois State Police units spotted the Alfa Romeo on the Dan Ryan near W. 91st Street and they initiated a pursuit of the stolen vehicle.
According to Illinois State Police spokesperson, in order to escape the driver of the stolen Alfa Romeo reportedly struck an ISP squad car and was able to take the car northbound onto the Dan Ryan Expressway. While heading northbound the stolen vehicle reached speeds of 120 mph. It made it up to Roosevelt where it briefly exited and then came back down the on ramp going southbound on the expressway.
As the vehicle traveled southbound, speeds reached in excess of 125 mph.
The driver of the stolen Alfa exited the expressway back around 63rd Street and raced through the neighborhoods on the south side at speeds between 60-70 mph. As the driver struggled to maintain control and the vehicle began to take damage, the stolen Alfa was still hitting speeds near 70 mph.
The driver was able to briefly get back on the expressway but the damage was likely too great to maintain the speeds and quickly exited again.
Finally, the driver could no longer handle the vehicle and ditched the car on the 5600 block of S. Throop Street in the West Englewood neighborhood on the city's south side.
The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and turns out, according to an Illinois State Police spokesperson, to be a 16-year-old male. A gun was recovered on the scene.
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