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High-speed pursuit from Wisconsin ends with crash in Zion

Police officers investigate after a high-speed chase that ended near Route 173 and Green Bay Road near Zion Sunday evening | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after he led police on a high-speed chase from Wisconsin that ended in a two-vehicle crash in Zion on Sunday.

Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Police Chief David Smetana said that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was following a stolen vehicle out of Illinois around 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

Pleasant Prairie police officers attempted to pursue the vehicle westbound on 85th Street from 30th Avenue but discontinued the pursuit due to unsafe conditions, Smetana said.

Two Pleasant Prairie police officers spotted the vehicle as it entered southbound Highway 31 from 85th Street.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued southbound at a high rate of speed in excess of 100 mph, Smetana said.

Police officers investigate after a high-speed chase that ended near Route 173 and Green Bay Road near Zion Sunday evening | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A police officer was setup at Highway 31 and State Line Road to deploy tire deflation devices. The stolen vehicle crossed the spike strips just prior to entering Illinois.

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Smetana said his officers continued pursuing the vehicle as it drove recklessly at a high rate of speed.

The suspect vehicle struck another vehicle that was traveling northbound near the intersection of Route 173 and Green Bay Road. The driver of the vehicle that was struck was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

The 17-year-old boy driving the stolen vehicle fled on foot and was arrested by police officers following a short foot pursuit, Smetana said.

The teen, who is a Zion resident, was turned over to the Zion Police Department. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said that the juvenile was petitioned to the juvenile justice system on charges.


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